Alfred Hat Tips
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. 

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. 

The one in which you call someone via FaceTime

Don’t forget that you can use the custom search functionality in Alfred not only to search websites but also to interact with some of the apps on your Mac.

Here’s a way to set up a custom search with which you can then easily call your contacts using FaceTime:

Search URL: facetime://{query}

Keyword: ft (or whatever you prefer)

In which case you could then type “ft email@email.com” and call your friend :). 

The one in which you use the same custom search for multiple websites
I have written before on how you can launch multiple websites or files. Why not use the same trick for custom searches?
What if you were for example looking for stock photography and wanted to search multiple websites for a picture of ‘kitty’?
You could set up a number of different custom searches for individual photography websites and assign the same keyword to all of them. Then simply set a keyboard shortcut that will “Action all visible results” as we did in the tip mentioned above and you’re set to go!

The one in which you use the same custom search for multiple websites

I have written before on how you can launch multiple websites or files. Why not use the same trick for custom searches?

What if you were for example looking for stock photography and wanted to search multiple websites for a picture of ‘kitty’?

You could set up a number of different custom searches for individual photography websites and assign the same keyword to all of them. Then simply set a keyboard shortcut that will “Action all visible results” as we did in the tip mentioned above and you’re set to go!

If you’re in the process of creating one of your first custom searches, the video above, created by one of our users, takes you through the necessary process step by step and shows you an example of how Alfred custom searches can make you quicker in your day-to-day life.

Thanks, Mike

One of Alfred users @AnthonyHocken has shared a lovely list of custom searches that he uses for advanced Google searches. Use this to search for the most up-to-date news or ‘archive’ items :)

E.g. 

Display text: Search Google (past 24 hrs)

Search URL: http://www.google.co.uk/#q={query}&hl=en&tbs=qdr:d

Keyword: gd

There’s more so go check it out. And many thanks for sharing, Anthony! We love getting to hear about all the inventive ways our users have come up with for Alfred :)

The one for (wannabe) stalkers :)
We look at Alfred as your personal butler, helping you get things done faster on your Mac, whether it be sending emails, using apps and the web or finding information. Sometimes you just need to check quickly whether your friend has posted the link they were talking about (*cough* on Facebook *cough*) or what your business partner tweeted about your campaign yesterday. 
Here are a few not so secret tricks to get to this information faster with custom searches: 
Search for Twitter users with this Search URL: http://twitter.com/{query}
Quickly access a friend’s Facebook profile with Search URL: http://www.facebook.com/search/?q={query}
Search profiles on CrunchBase using: http://www.crunchbase.com/search?query={query}
You can add custom searches for the majority of your most-used sites (just add them under Preferences > Features > Custom Searches). 
Here’s a tutorial from an Alfred user (@jdfwarrior) on how to figure out the Search URL for your custom searches. 
Tip: Assign short keywords to your custom searches (e.g. ‘tu’ for searching Twitter users, ‘cb’ for CrunchBase searches) and you’ll be the fastest around when looking for information. 

The one for (wannabe) stalkers :)

We look at Alfred as your personal butler, helping you get things done faster on your Mac, whether it be sending emails, using apps and the web or finding information. Sometimes you just need to check quickly whether your friend has posted the link they were talking about (*cough* on Facebook *cough*) or what your business partner tweeted about your campaign yesterday. 

Here are a few not so secret tricks to get to this information faster with custom searches: 

  • Search for Twitter users with this Search URL: http://twitter.com/{query}
  • Quickly access a friend’s Facebook profile with Search URL: http://www.facebook.com/search/?q={query}
  • Search profiles on CrunchBase using: http://www.crunchbase.com/search?query={query}

You can add custom searches for the majority of your most-used sites (just add them under Preferences > Features > Custom Searches). 

Here’s a tutorial from an Alfred user (@jdfwarrior) on how to figure out the Search URL for your custom searches. 

Tip: Assign short keywords to your custom searches (e.g. ‘tu’ for searching Twitter users, ‘cb’ for CrunchBase searches) and you’ll be the fastest around when looking for information.