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Prior to Lion I used overflow as a program launcher. I'm trying to replace that with Launchpad (one less app to deal with) and it seems to be working...almost.

Is there any way I can add an icon in Launchpad that opens a folder or a specific file (pdf for example)? I've got all my application icons in place, I'm just trying to get the last few shortcuts from overflow into Launchpad.

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To my dismay - some PDF that were bundled with Microsoft Office seem to show up in Launchbar as an app - finder even shows them as app - so apparently it's possible even though I really like the distinction between apps and docs to remain far apart. Maybe someone can tear those files apart and get you a wrapper for the files you want launch able? – bmike Aug 8 '11 at 17:53
Odd, I installed Office 2011 and didn't get any of that - I did do a custom install so maybe I missed that as a part of my install...? – Jason Aug 8 '11 at 18:18
/Applicaions/Microsoft Expression Media/Expression is one offender. :-( – bmike Aug 8 '11 at 18:22
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Yeah, I got a little trick that will do that, with Automator. Launch Automator and create an an Application workflow. Add the following actions: "Get Specified Finder Items" -> here's where you specify the folder you want opened. "Open Finder Items"

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Then save the workflow and drag it to Launchpad. You might wanna change the icon too. Works just like a folder.

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It seems like a lot of extra work but that did the trick for me for both Folders and for files (pdfs, etc) – Jason Aug 8 '11 at 20:23

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