Hotkey Triggers

Hotkey triggers can be used to perform an action without showing Alfred, or show Alfred with information pre-filled in.

Hotkey Settings


Setting your hotkey

Pick a hotkey

You can use any hotkey not already reserved by OS X or Alfred. If the hotkey you'd like to use potentially clashes with an existing one in an app you use frequently, take a look at the Related Apps header below.

Hotkey action

Choose what you want the hotkey to do:

  • Pass your {query} through to the workflow it's connected to, or
  • Show Alfred

Argument

The Argument dropdown allows you to choose what information is through to Alfred.

  • Selection in OS X uses the currently selected text or file
  • OS X Clipboard Contents uses the text content of your clipboard
  • Text allows you to specify static text to pass through
  • Or None launches the hotkey without an argument at all

When choosing to show Alfred with the OS X Clipboard contents or Selection in OS X, you can prefix the argument with a keyword, and choose whether to set the cursor to the right or left. This then allows you to start typing as soon as Alfred is shown.

Contextual Hotkeys (Related Apps)

You can also specify in which applications you want the hotkey to be applied or ignored.

Contextual Hotkeys

Use Alfred to search for the applications you want the hotkey to relate to and drag them into the Related Apps section of the hotkey dropdown sheet.

  • Choose "Hotkey is only active when the following apps have focus" to tell Alfred to only make the hotkey active when the apps you've dragged are the current focused apps.
  • Choose "don't have focus" to tell Alfred to ignore the hotkey when the apps you've dragged in are in focus.

This feature makes it possible to use, for example, a hotkey to perform an action in every application except Photoshop, where the hotkey might already have its purpose.

Focused App Variable

Want to create a workflow that performs a different action depending on which app is in focus when the hotkey is triggered? Check the box for "Focused App Variable" to pass the app name through to your workflow.

To see this concept in action, add the "Advanced Hotkeys" workflow example from the Getting Started menu in the Workflows preferences.

Configuring focused app variables

Want to learn more about workflow variables? Take a look at the guide on setting variables in workflows.

Example workflows using hotkeys

You can find two built-in hotkey workflows in Alfred's Workflows preferences.

Click the [+] in the bottom left of the Workflows preferences. Under Getting Started, you'll find:

  • Hotkeys: A simple hotkeys workflow, demonstrating how to set a hotkey trigger to launch one or more files/apps.
  • Advanced Hotkeys: A workflow showing you how to use one hotkey to perform multiple different actions, depending on the active application when the hotkey is triggered.

You'll also find template workflows which use hotkeys under the Templates sub-menu.


Tips for working with hotkeys

If you're having any issues with hotkeys, take a look at the Hotkey Troubleshooting for frequently asked questions and tips.

How can I make global hotkeys faster?

To ensure that hotkeys always work smoothly on your Mac, Alfred waits a few milliseconds before letting the modifier keys (alt, cmd, ctrl) go before performing the action associated to your hotkey combination.

If you want to speed this up, you can change the trigger behaviour to pass the modifier keys through and give you faster hotkeys. Click the green icon to the right of the hotkey field to change this.

Faster hotkeys

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