Moving to the Alfred blog for future tips
Mute and Unmute in iTunes Mini Player
You know the scenario. You have your music playing loud when all of a sudden the phone rings and you scramble to pause or close everything to get the silence you so require.
Next time this happens, try calling up the main Alfred window and type “mute”. Magic.
Want more magic? Once you’re finished with your call, simply type “mute” into Alfred again and your sound shall return!
Learn about what’s new with Address Book integration in Alfred 1.1
New ‘Help’ Keyword in Alfred
Feeling stuck or unsure how to do something in Alfred? Since version 1.1 you can simply call up the Alfred window and type “help” followed by your question and he’ll take you straight to our Support centre.
Learn more about Global Hotkeys in Alfred in this new video
User Tip: Automatic bookmarking and retrieval
A useful reminder of the URLs/History feature in Alfred where Alfred can store and show the history of URLs you’ve opened through the app thus serving as a quick and simple bookmarking tool.
Don’t forget to enable this feature in Preferences > Features > URLs/History.
Have you tried it out?
Quick Tip: Phone Tools That Work with Alfred
There’s many ways to extend Alfred’s magic skills in making you more productive beyond the Mac, for example in the case of helping you dial or send useful information to your phone straight from the interface.
Here are three URI schemes/extensions that connect with other apps to extend Alfred’s reach:
User Tip: Drag a folder from Alfred onto the “Save” dialogue
Check out Alfred Extensions
I bet you’ve seen our Alfred Extensions site by now, with goodies created by Alfred users and helping you stretch Alfred’s capabilities that much further.
We update the site and individual categories regularly with new extensions that come our way. Check out these pages now and you might spot some that you’ve been hoping for:
Assign global hotkeys to your most used folders
Is there one folder that you access over and over again during your day? You know which one I’m talking about: the one with the current project, or the constant reference folder, the one with your secret plans to take over the world.
With the Powerpack you have a very quick way to access it: just assign a global hotkey to the specific folder that will either open it in Alfred’s File System Navigation or call it up in Finder. Done.
Need some inspiration for the best Extensions on our support site? Have a look at this great roundup article by Stef Gonzaga on Mac.Appstorm. Thanks, Stef!
Assign Global Hotkeys to Alfred Extensions
Extensions add the awesome sauce in terms of customisation & advanced features in Alfred and with version 1.0 you now have another way to access them quickly:
assign global hotkeys to your individual extensions (and optionally pass a parameter)
You could then have a quick hotkey which:
- shows you how much battery time you have left (using this extension) so you can save precious real estate in your menu bar
- shows or hides the desktop and all icons on it (for example with this extension)
- toggles wifi on or off (have a look at WifiToggle here)
And so much more! This might be a good time to check out our extensive library of user-created extensions if you’re looking for some inspiration. Then get excited about how productive you’re getting and do a little happy dance. Well, up to you of course :).
Wishing you a productive day,
Tip: Open 1Password bookmarks from Alfred
Here’s an oldie but goodie from our Twitter stream:
In short: 1Password allows you to drag your specific-site logins to the bookmarks bar and access them quickly by clicking on that specific bookmark from there. If you don’t want to have to click on your bookmark, though, remember that you can use Alfred to search through your Safari bookmarks (either with “find” or even set these up to appear in Default Results in Alfred’s preferences). Then you’ll have a quick way to securely open and log into the sites you use most often.
If you want to listen in to the tip in Dan’s own words, it starts around minute 61 :) though the whole show, as always, is an entertaining listen.
Encode spaces as + for custom searches
Don’t forget that with the new version of Alfred (1.0), you can also encode spaces as + for your custom searches.
This captures a last number of small sites which don’t accept %20 along with fixing reported issues with Google Chrome’s search bar history.