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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!
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?
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,
URL History and adding bookmarks to Alfred
From version 1.0, Alfred can now remember all the URLs that you launch through the app.
Simply call up Alfred, type a URL and hit Return. The next time you start typing this URL, Alfred will suggest it in the results. Just make sure you have “Store and Show history of URLs in Alfred” ticked in the preferences.
Tip: This is the fastest way of adding a bookmark to Alfred. Just launch your URL once and Alfred will suggest it from now on.
Use Snippets without Clipboard History enabled
With version 1.0 you no longer need to have Clipboard History enabled to be able to use the snippet functionality inside Alfred.
If you’re concerned about privacy and don’t want Alfred remembering all your text clips, simply untick the option yet you’ll still be able to make the most of the persistent snippets and have easy access to your most used bits of information.
Recent Documents tip from a user:
Got a tip for Alfred you haven’t seen mentioned on this Tumblr? Tweet me at @annamanasova!
Tweet with this Alfred extension
We had previously seen a few extensions allowing you to connect Alfred with Twitter and blast it out to the universe but never one as easy to set up and to use as AlfredTweet.
Created by the amazing @jdfwarrior who somehow manages to find the time to supply a long list of useful extensions on his Tumblr, you’d be wise to go and check it out if you’ve got the Powerpack and want to expand Alfred’s capabilities.
Here are the commands and tasks you’ll be able to do:
- tw setup - Initiate setup
- tw pin <pin number> - Save pin number
- tw <tweet> - Send new tweet
- tw tweets - List the last 5 tweets in your home timeline
- tw mentions - List your last 5 mentions
- tw dm <user> <text> - Send a direct message to the specified user
- tw info <user> - Look up user info
- tw follow <user> - Follow specified user
- tw unfollow <user> - Unfollow specified user
- tw block <user> - Block the specified user
- tw unblock <user> - Unblock the specified user
- tw search <term> - Search Twitter for the specified term (results in Growl)
Get AlfredTweet on David’s tumblr.
Looking for ways to extend Alfred and really customise him to your needs? Don’t forget to visit the Extensions section of our new support site where we feature some of the best user-created gems.
Here’s a guide if you want to submit your own extension. Don’t forget to also let me know about it at anna [at] alfredapp [dot] com and we’ll definitely feature the best ones!
Tip: Use a Lion-inspired theme with Alfred
Using Alfred with Lion? Don’t forget that Alfred now has three standard themes you can dress him in - Light, Dark as well as one that is Lion-inspired and will fit right in with your OS.
With the Powerpack, you can also create your very own colour combination for the different elements of the Alfred window or even import one that someone else has created. Play around and see what works best for you but if you’re craving inspiration, have a look at some user-created themes.
Make Alfred fit right in with your style!
Quickly access a specific path in File System Navigation
What if you want to have a way to open up several folder paths in Alfred’s File System Navigation without having to navigate to them manually from your Home folder each time?
Let’s say one of my often-accessed folders is /Users/anna/Documents/Alfred/Alfred Tips and I want a quick way to open up Alfred’s File Navigation feature right to this path?
Here’s a solution:
- search for the destination folder in Alfred (e.g. type spacebar followed by “Alfred tips”)
- On this result press right arrow/fn/ctrl to call up a list of available actions
- "Browse folder in Alfred" appears as first result
- Hit “Return”
- File System Navigation opens up with your path
Tips for running AppleScripts
There are several ways you can run AppleScripts with Alfred:
First situation: Your AppleScripts are saved on your Mac, outside of Alfred
Troubleshooting: ~/Library/Scripts is treated by OS X as a System File area so Alfred/Spotlight don’t find scripts saved here by default.
Solution: If you put your AppleScripts into a new folder ~/Scripts (and symlink them back in the other ones if you need them there too), Alfred will find them.
Alternatively, the Powerpack allows you to create a filter specifically for the ~/Library/Scripts folder and to include system files in the results.
Second situation: You enter your scripts right into Alfred, as AppleScript extensions.
Go into Preferences > Extensions and add a new AppleScript. This option is accessible to Powerpack users.
Using extensions: File Search Filters
What if you have a certain file type that you often search for and don’t want to see any other types of files in your results in that instance? What if you know that this file type is located in a specific folder on your Mac?
With the Search Filter Extension you can easily set up keywords that trigger a special, limited, type of search that will filter out where and for what file types Alfred looks.
One use example to illustrate:
- Do you work with graphics? Set up an extension that will filter out and search only for PNG files located only in your Pictures folder. Then type “png file’s name” and nothing else will clutter up your results :).