Appearance

In the Appearance preferences, you can change the look of Alfred's window, as well as choose how you want your search results to be presented.

Powerpack users can also create or import custom themes, allowing you to match Alfred to your desktop or to your mood!

In the Appearance preferences, you'll find three key sections:


Using Alfred Themes

Choosing a theme

You can choose one of the default themes by clicking it in the left sidebar. You can click on the mountains icon in the top right to closely match your desktop to help you choose.

Creating custom themes

Creating themes, exporting and importing them is a Powerpack feature.

To start creating your own theme, click the + button in the bottom left of the Appearance preferences, or right-click an existing theme in the sidebar; Your new theme will be based on the currently selected theme.

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You can modify the size of any text, icon, padding and border by clicking and dragging up and down. Take a look at the hints at the bottom of the preview window to know which element you're currently modifying.

Hover over the element you want to change (e.g. the search background colour) in the preview window and click to show the colour picker. Either right-click on text to change the font, or switch to the Fonts view (at the top) to change fonts by dragging up and down.

You can use any fonts available on your Mac for your own themes, but be sure to use a Standard font for shared themes (as other users may not have the same fonts library as you do).

Importing themes

You'll find some great themes in the Themes section of the Alfred forum and on Packal.

To import a theme, double-click the file. Alfred's Preferences will open and you'll be presented with a preview of the theme colours so that you can choose whether or not to import it.

Import a theme

Once you've imported a theme you like, you can set your window blur for non-opaque themes in the Options sub-tab. This is a global setting for all the non-opaque themes you've created or imported.

Sharing themes

Once you've created your theme, you can export it as a file or share it on alfredapp.com. It then becomes easy to send the link to your friends, who can preview and download the theme you created.

Right-click the name of your theme in the sidebar to share it. Find out more about theme sharing on alfredapp.com.


Large Type

Large Type is a handy feature that allows you to show text in large characters across your screen. You can use Cmd + L at any time to show the text or the result of your calculation, for example.

In the Appearance > Options > Large Type preferences, you can choose to show the text on a semi-transparent background, or fill the screen.

Using Large Type

If you're using Large Type as part of a Workflow, you'll find more details on the Large Type Workflow Object page.


Appearance Options

In Appearance, you'll see an Options button in the bottom left, where you can set various additional preferences for how Alfred looks.

Appearance options

You can show/hide the bowler hat and cog, the result shortcuts (the numbers on the right) and the menu bar icon at the top of your Mac's screen.

You can opt to show more or less results, and choose to show or hide the scroll bar to the right of the results.

Choosing which screen Alfred should appear on

If you use dual monitors or multiple screens, you can specify whether Alfred should appear on your default screen, mouse screen or active screen (the display on which the active application is shown).

Using the grid above, you can also set a default position, if you'd prefer Alfred to appear in a location other than the centre top of your screen.

Focusing

In Alfred 2.8+, the way Alfred appears has changed, using a non-activating panel and operating much like Spotlight's window when in the Standard (default) mode.

When using the Compatibility mode, Alfred operates like an application and takes focus when shown, which is useful if using Alfred alongside keyboard remappers or Java applications.

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