Mac Tips – Calculator plugin for Quicksilver

I think every long time Mac user is friends with Quicksilver. In fact I list it as one of my favorite Freeware apps. I find it difficult to use a Mac that doesn’t have it installed. The calculator plugin for Quicksilver is extremely useful. To install it, go to the preferences for QS and check the box next to “Calculator Module”

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Once it is installed, invoke QS (mine is activated by ctrl-space) and hit the period on your keyboard. This brings up the text editing box. Type an equation in and tab over to the next window. No start typing “Calculator” until the Calculator actions is selected.

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After you hit return, the result will be placed back in the text field. There are also calculator actions to place the result on the clipboard or just display it on the screen.

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18 Responses to Mac Tips – Calculator plugin for Quicksilver

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  3. Moises says:

    What I want to do on my blog, is every few hours take the oldest post and move it to the
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  4. macgiver says:

    Not sure. Perhaps with some Applescript and Ecto.

  5. Chris says:

    Thank you so much! Btw by typing “=” after typing the period and before entering the equation, the calculator module is preselected which makes things even easier!

  6. MemZ says:

    you dont need to type . you can type = and QS will detect calculator mode

  7. Mike says:

    Is there a way to make it calculate on the fly? I’ve been using launchy for pc and it calculated instantly without having to tap return.

  8. John Pash says:

    Does anyone know how to copy the answer to the clipboard?

  9. John, after the calculation it stays with the number, just look for copy to clipboard

  10. Tuomas says:

    Hi

    For some reason, the “=” sign isn’t working for me. Quicksilver is the newest version and Calculator expansion is installed. When I press the equal sign, Macbook gives error beep.

    If I press dot and enter my math calculation and then choose Calculator from the action tab it works.

    Strange behaviour, I’ve been trying to search for this for an hour now…

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  13. sixeightzero says:

    I totally forgot about this action until my system calculator started acting up. Couldnt apply any actions. Now a simple . type and tab and i get my results onscreen. Gotta love it!!!

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