Invoke Quicksilver In All Spaces After 10.6 (Snow Leopard) Upgrade

After upgrading to 10.6 my beloved Quicksilver had grown some new bad habits. If I wasn’t in the first space (#1 / top left), Quicksilver would bring me back there every time I invoked it. So if I was trying to open an app or run a command in Space #2, running a Quicksilver command would bring me back to Space #1. VERY annoying.

Here’s the fix:

  1. Make sure you’re running the latest version of Quicksilver: b56a7
  2. In Preferences > Application, check “Show icon in dock”

Now, I don’t want the app showing up in my dock or running applications list either, but until they fix this error (which may take some time) it’s far less obnoxious than the issue I was trying to solve!!

As a side note, it’s very important to make sure you’re running the latest version (link above). Before updating to b56a7, I couldn’t see the Preferences screen after upgrading to 10.6 (just had a blank white panel), so obviously #1 must come before #2!

    • arsenius
    • September 14th, 2009

    I had the same problem. However, after restarting with the icon in the dock, I was able to restart again without it. Everything was then back to normal!

  1. Same problem here. But instead of adding the icon to the dock you can go on the spaces preferences and assign quicksilver to every space.

  2. @Erico Vinicius
    I tried that as well, Erico – but it didn’t work. Granted, that was in 10.6 and maybe that works in 10.6.1 now.

    • Lucas
    • October 19th, 2009

    The problem occurs in the Primer command interface. I found that out when I asked my teacher if he had the problem, and he said no. He was using the bezel interface, and when I tried that, everything worked perfectly.

    You can change the command interface in Preferences –> Appearance –> Command Interface.

    • Bates
    • October 23rd, 2009

    I have been trying all tricks all over the internet since september 2009, and none was working as I wanted to. Crash there, crash here, slow there, hang there, etc. But today I am back with QuickSilver in my Snow Leopard. This guy is amazing, he did a trick to make the QS work very fast and stable in my Snow Leopard. Check that out:

  3. The Showcase interface does the same thing. Adding in every space in the preferences didn’t work for that but having QS show up in the dock does. Thanks for the tip!

    • gyffes
    • June 16th, 2010

    Using Window interface, Spaces=Every, B57 and 10.6.4, it still won’t work w/o “Show in Dock” enabled. Tried the Show > Don’t Show as suggested above, and that didn’ work.

    Show in dock is not a deal-breaker, but it’s not wonderful. It’d be nice if this were fixed. However, given how cruddy Word and Spaces can be together, I’m not sure this isn’t a fault of Apple’s implementation of Spaces.

    • David
    • July 2nd, 2010

    If you’ve got this behaving, and want to get rid of the dock icon, you can do so with a quick plist edit:


    Starts looking like:


    add the elements:

    so that it now looks like:


    Here’s hoping my formatting gets preserved.

    • David
    • July 2nd, 2010

    Ugh. It ate the formatting. If you’re familiar with the plist format, you should still be able to figure it out.

    • dj moonbat
    • July 26th, 2010

    Here’s the kludgy fix:

    1. Switch on “Show Icon in Dock”
    2. Relaunch QS
    3. Go to the Spaces preference pane
    4. If you already have an entry for QS, delete the entry
    5. Create a Spaces entry for QS
    6. Make that entry “All Spaces”
    7. Quit QS
    8. Launch QS
    9. Turn off “Show Icon in Dock”
    X. Restart QS

    From this point on, until some other Quicksilver wackiness happens, you should be able to view QS in any space without having the dock icon visible.

  4. @dj moonbat
    Very helpful information. Thanks. Thank you for posting this topic 🙂

  5. Davids modifications to the plist did the trick for me. Even when using the Primer interface. Thanks a lot!

    • Jonathan
    • February 27th, 2011

    I know I’m resurrecting a dead thread here, but the problem still seems to be ongoing, so I thought I’d put it out there that adding quicksilver to every space in system preferences did the trick for me as well, even in primer. It seems the simplest and most intuitive solution, for those it works for.

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