Navigating the Workflow Editor
New in Alfred 5
In Alfred 5, we have made it easier to navigate the whole Workflow Editor from the keyboard, allowing you to easily add, configure and connect objects without ever needing to reach for the mouse.
You'll see most of these navigation hints at the bottom of the canvas to guide you. You can disable these hints by clicking the [x] in the top right of the hint box, and you can re-enable them by right-clicking the canvas > Options > Show Hints at Bottom of Canvas.
Skip to the Workflow Hotkeys Cheatsheet to see all hotkeys at a glance.
These hotkeys make Alfred's Workflow Editor much more efficient, as well as improving the Accessibility and VoiceOver compatibility. Give it a try, see how you can create a whole workflow without using the mouse by using the shortcuts below!
Adding objects from the Palette
To add a new object to the canvas, press \ or / to make the Palette Search appear on the right.
Type your search term and press ⏎ to add it anywhere on the canvas, or ⌥ ⏎ to connect it to the selected object automatically.
When dragging an object from the Palette, hold ⌥ while dragging to connect your new object to the selected object on the canvas.
You can also add an object in a specific location by right-clicking the canvas to choose an object from the menu.
Navigating & moving objects on the canvas
Hold ⌘ and use the arrows to navigate from one object to another, or ⌘ ⌥ and use the arrows to navigate from one object to another via its connections.
Hold ⇧ and use the arrows to move the selected object on the canvas.
When an object on the canvas is selected, use ⌥ + → to connect to the nearest object to the right
Use ⌥ backspace while an object is selected to remove its connections to other objects.
You can also manually connect an object by selecting it and dragging from its handle to the handle of the next object.
On a selected item, use ⏎ to open the object configuration.
Saving as Prefabs
Select one or more objects on the canvas and use ⌘ s to save them as a Prefab.
Workflow Editor Navigation Cheatsheet
Here are all the shortcuts and hotkeys in one place:
⌘ 9 Toggle Palette visibility
\ or / Show Palette Search
⏎ Add object to canvas from Palette Search
⌥ ⏎ Add object to canvas from Palette Search and connect to selected object
Hold ⌘ + arrows Navigate between objects
Hold ⌘ ⌥ + arrows Navigate between objects via connections
Hold ⇧ + arrows Move the selected object
⌥ → Connect to the nearest object to the right
⌥ backspace Delete all connections for selected object
⌘ d Toggle Debugger
Learn more about Workflows
You can find out more about creating Workflows here:
- Discover the Workflow Editor and Palette
- Getting Started Guides will walk you through creating your first workflows
- The Workflows page contains links to all Workflow object types
Don't forget that you can always use the question mark icon in any Workflow preferences to learn more about a specific workflow object.