The fastest way to use Shortcat is to search directly for the element that you're looking for.
For example, if you're on Gmail and you want to quickly get to your Promotion emails, opening Shortcat with the
Cmd+Shift+Space shortcut, type
Promotions, and pressing
Enter would be the fastest way.
That being said, Shortcat provides you with a variety of other ways to search so you can find what you're looking for.
Searching by element type
Shortcat is ultimately based on the accessibility API, so you can also search based on an element's type. If an element is a type of button you can search for
button to filter the list by all elements of a button type. Note that the filtered list will also include other element types have that have the word
button or any of its synonyms in it.
For example, you can search for
voice button on Google to quickly get access to the voice searching option on the primary Google home page.
There are many element types for you to include in your search for filtering purposes including: Link, StaticText, Button, RadioButton, MenuItem, Window, Application, TextArea, Application Dock Item, and others.
Shortcat provides you with synonym support to easily find what you're looking for on the page even if you don't know exactly the wording. For example, you can find a delete button on the page by typing
destroy, or other similar synonyms.
There are synonyms for other search terms that you might be looking for. For example, you can type
btn instead of
button to make it faster for you.