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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.

Workflow canvas hints

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

Palette Search 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.

Connecting objects

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.

Configuring objects

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:

Don't forget that you can always use the question mark icon in any Workflow preferences to learn more about a specific workflow object.

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