SnippetsLab Assistant can greatly promote your productivity. It is a handy tool that lives in your menubar. You can quickly search, open, copy or preview your snippets without even having to use the mouse.
To enable/disable the assistant, choose SnippetsLab > Preferences… from the menubar and click Assistant. Select Enable SnippetsLab Assistant to add it to the menubar, or deselect this checkbox to remove it from the menubar. SnippetsLab Assistant is enabled by default.
- Search: When SnippetsLab Assistant is activated, you can start typing immediately to search from all your snippets.
- Change Search Scope: From 1.2.3, it will search both the title and contents by default. If you wish to change this behaviour, click the magnifying glass button in the left of the search bar, and choose one option from Only Search Title and Search Title and Content.
- Further Actions: You can press ↑ and ↓ to navigate through all search results, and press Return, Option-Return, Command-Return or → to do certain actions. For details, please refer to the next part Copy, Open and Quick Look.
Copy, Open and Quick Look¶
You can perform the following actions to a search result from the SnippetsLab Assistant:
|Copy to clipboard||Click on it or press Return|
|Open in the main window||Option-click on it or press Option-Return|
|Quick look||Double-click on it or press → (To dismiss the quick look popover, press ←)|
The action that is performed when you click on a snippet or press Return is called a primary action, and it is supposed to be the most frequently used action. To customize the primary action, choose SnippetsLab > Preferences…, click Assistant, and choose an item from the Primary Action drop down menu.
You can customize what is displayed by default (i.e. when not searching) in the SnippetsLab Assistant. To do that, choose SnippetsLab > Preferences…, click Assistant, and select either Latest snippets or Use custom search criteria from Default Snippets section. If you opt to use custom criteria, click the Edit… button next to the option text to apply your search rules.
You can set a global keyboard shortcut to activate the SnippetsLab Assistant. To do that, choose SnippetsLab > Preferences…, click Assistant, then click Record shortcut. Press a key combination you want to use (for example, ⌃⇧⌘Space).