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I have a Google spreadsheet that I open every morning

I'd like to open it quickly using just the keyboard after startup, as opposed to:

  • opening Firefox
  • going to the address bar
  • typing in the tag name
  • arrowing down
  • hitting enter

Is there a way to do this with just a few keystrokes?

Assuming I don't already have a browser running (I prefer to use Firefox if that matters)

Also, I would rather not have to use a third party app to do this

UPDATE:

Realize that I could have FF run at startup which would save me at least one step...

SUMMARY:

I would really like to have an experience like opening the web page from Spotlight if possible; the webloc file does show up in spotlight but it's way down the list... I'd like the first few letters to bring it to the top. Perhaps there is a way to assign priority to Spotlight items?

  • Safari maps Command + the number keys to the first 10 bookmark bar items – Alexander May 15 '14 at 16:19
  • Hi, thanks for the comment. I'm hoping to stick with Firefox and would also like to do this without already having a browser running (edited question for better clarity) – Drewdavid May 15 '14 at 16:37
  • You can assign priority of spotlight file types in the spotlight preferences – Alexander May 15 '14 at 17:10
  • Thanks, so far this isn't helping move the result up the list, see my comment on samh's answer – Drewdavid May 15 '14 at 23:27
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You can create shortcut to Your page somewhere on Your hard drive (drag and drop address from Your browser). Then use BetterTouchTool http://www.boastr.de to launch this link using global keyboard shortcut.

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You can also drag this webloc file to Dock.

Edit: you can also add this webloc file to LoginItems and Your webpage will start automatically when You log in.

  • Thanks for the suggestion, I noticed that I could drag it to the dock (not a bad option); would rather stay away from 3rd party apps as mentioned though – Drewdavid May 15 '14 at 16:39
  • So You need to use keyboard instead of clicking this with mouse/trackpad ? – Mateusz Szlosek May 15 '14 at 16:46
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If you really want to use Spotlight to do this, in System Preferences > Spotlight you can drag and drop "Web Pages" to the top of list.

  • Hi, I tried this but the result is still way down the list. What constitutes a "web page", I have the webloc file saved on my desktop currently for testing... Thanks :) – Drewdavid May 15 '14 at 23:26
  • Hm. It turns out "web pages" are pages in Safari's history. .webloc files show up for me in Spotlight's "other" section. Your other option within Firefox would be to press Command-L and start typing. If it's saved as a bookmark in Firefox, it should appear at or near the top of the list as you type the first view characters. – samh May 16 '14 at 13:59
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I use LaunchBar and it can do what you want. Assuming you have added the spreadsheet to your firefox favorites, You would just:

  1. Hit command + space
  2. Begin typing the title of the page
  3. Hit return once the correct favorite appears

LaunchBar does cost and though I think it is worth the cost, there are two alternatives that are free and almost certainly will work for you: Alfred or Quicksilver

  • Thanks, I don't really want to get a whole new app just to access one web page quickly, unless it's really worthwhile to use the app for other purposes that I haven't discovered a need for yet. – Drewdavid May 15 '14 at 23:28
  • All three apps are useful for quickly accessing lots of different things. I barely scratch the surface of launch bar's capabilities, but I like it for launching apps, keeping a clipboard history, and jumping quickly to websites or songs that I want to listen to. – dwightk May 15 '14 at 23:43

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