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Alfred Cheatsheet

This cheatsheet covers the default hotkeys, keywords and shortcuts for Alfred's features. Hotkeys in green are part of Powerpack features.

Note that, if you have changed hotkeys and keywords away from defaults, you'll need to refer to your own Alfred preferences to find out what they are.

Clever Question Mark: In Alfred, type ?hotkeys, ?keywords or the question mark followed by the name of a feature, workflow, snippet, custom search, etc to bring up the relevant results.

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Basic Hotkeys

spacebar Show Alfred

Select the next item in the list

Select the previous item in the list

Action the currently selected item

# Action the # item directly [1-9]

o Open file or application in default application

, Open Alfred Preferences

Search the currently typed query in Finder

Search the currently typed query in default web search

Reveal in Finder (if the result is a local file)

\ Show list of available Actions for selection

/ ⌘Y Preview in Quick Look

Launch applications

app name To launch an application, start typing its name and hit

preferences Open Alfred Preferences

Search the web

google, wiki, ... Use predefined web search keywords

Find files quickly

open Follow keyword with a search term to open a file

spacebar Follow a space with a search term to open a file

find Follow keyword with a search term to reveal a file in the Finder

in Follow keyword with a search term to look for a file by contents

tags Follow keyword with a search term to look for a file by tags

Speed up your Mac productivity

define Follow keyword by a word and get a definition

spell Follow keyword by a word and see results with suggested spelling

13*567 Type a calculation into main window to get the result

= Start an advanced calculation (enable this function in the Calculator Preferences)

screensaver Start Screen Saver

trash Show Trash

emptytrash Empty Trash

logout Log Out

sleep Sleep your Mac

sleepdisplays Sleep your Mac's displays

lock Lock your Mac

restart Restart your Mac

shutdown Shut Down your Mac

eject Eject removable media or mounted volumes

ejectall Eject all removable media or mounted volumes

hide Hide the running application

quit Quit the running application

quitall Quit all running applications

forcequit Force Quit the running application

volup Increase volume

voldown Decrease volume

mute Toggle mute

Work with files and applications

~ Navigate to your home folder

/ Navigate to the root folder

/ Go to last browsed path in the File System Navigation

previous Go to last browsed path in the File System Navigation

/ fn / Show list of available Actions for selected item in File System Navigation

Browse selected folder in File System Navigation

Enter a folder in File System Navigation

backspace Go up a folder in File System Navigation

Autocomplete

. Show hidden files in File System Navigation

Add to the File Buffer and move to the next item

Add or remove item from the File Buffer

Remove last item from the File Buffer

Action all items in the File Buffer

Tip: start typing the name of a folder/file to select it

Save your clips

Clipboard History and Snippets are Powerpack features.

c Open Clipboard History viewer

c Copy selected clip to current Clipboard

snip Access snippets from main Alfred window with this keyword

clear Use keyword to clear Clipboard History for 5 or 15 minutes, or clear fully

s While in the Clipboard Viewer, save current clip as a snippet

Fn Backspace Delete the selected entry

Listen to Music

The Music Mini Player is a Powerpack feature.

These keywords must be used while the Mini Player is showing. Set up Music workflows to add keywords to your default results or global hotkeys.

Show the Music Mini Player

music Use keyword to show the Music Mini Player

Play / Pause

play / pause Play / Pause keywords

Next Track

next Next Track

Back Track

back Back Track

previous Previous Track

Play Random Album

random Play Random Album

volmax Maximum volume

volmid Half volume

mute Mute volume

[0-5] Rate currently playing song from 0 to 5 stars

backspace Go up a folder in Music Mini Player

r Reindex Music library

Email and keep contacts

Contacts and Emailing is a Powerpack feature.

email Use keyword followed by name or email address to send an email using your default email client

Tip: If you open Address Book entries within Alfred, you can action individual fields (e.g. pressing return on an email Address will launch a new email to this address, etc)

Workflows

Discover how to navigate the Workflow Editor with hotkeys and shortcuts.

Every workflow has its own set of keywords and arguments, so have a look at the workflow's own documentation for details. You'll either find the documentation within the content of the workflow or on the creator's own website.

You can also type your keyword or part of the hotkey into the Workflows search to find them more easily!

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