A Quick Search Box plugin for accessing your Finder sidebar.
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Finder Sidebar Plugin for Google QSB

A Google Quick Search Box plugin to enable access to items in the sidebar of your Finder.

Download the plugin: http://github.com/mkhl/finder-sidebar.hgs/downloads


  • Hit you QSB keyboard shortcut.
  • Type the (partial) name of a folder in the Places section of your Finder sidebar.
  • Select the matching object from the result list.
  • Hit enter to open the selected item, or tab to examine its contents.


After extracting the plugin, you will find a bundle called FinderSidebar.hgs. Copy this bundle to ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Quick Search Box/PlugIns, then restart QSB.

If you built the plugin from source (described below), you will find the FinderSidebar.hgs bundle in your build directory.


Building this plugin requires that you set up two source trees in Xcode. You will have to have the QuickSearchBox source tree downloaded to your machine. Instructions on getting the QSB source tree can be found here: http://code.google.com/p/qsb-mac/source/checkout

To set up the source trees in Xcode:

  1. Go to "Xcode>Preferences" and click on the "Source Trees" icon.
  2. Click on the "Plus" button on the left hand side of the window.
  3. Set the "Setting Name" of your new tree to QSBBUILDROOT
  4. Set the "Display Name" to QSBBUILDROOT
  5. Set the path to the debug build directory for QSB. For me the path looks like this ~/src/QuickSearchBox/QSB/build/Debug. If you use a common build directory or some other customized build location, you will have to set it here.
  6. Click on the "Plus" button again
  7. Set the "Setting Name" of your new tree to QSBSRCROOT
  8. Set the "Display Name" to QSBSRCROOT
  9. Set the path to the root directory for QSB. For me the path looks like this ~/src/QuickSearchBox.

The plugin should now build cleanly.

You should only have to add the source trees to Xcode the first time you build a QSB plugin.

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