Published November 26, 2023
On September 26, 2023, I spent 34 British pounds on a software license for Alfred 5, giving me access to some extra features like Workflows and Remote execution. This post is going to tell you about the Workflows that I've found, written, or co-opted to be useful to me.
Over time, I realized Alfred just makes a lot of little things easier, and we do a lot of those little things pretty often. Here's my Workflow list:
This workflow is derived from this other workflow called QuitArena, and just closes all my apps except a preset few (Chrome, Messages, Opera, Spotify). It's nice for clearing my screen before a presentation, or just to context-switch to working on another project. Used about 2x per month
Runs two CLI scripts, one that Bluetooth connects to my Airpods (via their hard-coded MAC address) and another that switches the sound output to my Airpods. I use this about once a day, since they tend to connect to my phone first.
ClipPaster pastes the last $n$ screenshots from my clipboard history to whatever application is focused. It's nice for copying relevant parts of several screens or pictures at once and then putting them all into a doc at once. I use it about once a week. Modified from ClipSaver by luckman212 (next one!)
ClipSaver does the same as above, but saves them to desktop instead of pasting them. I use it slightly less than once per week.
When I write "m mdmaowaodijwaojdwoaij", this workflow shoots off my "mdmaowaodijwaojdwoai" message to my mailbox. Good for quick reminders, but I don't use it that often.
While it's kind of silly or trivial, I find it way easier to bind hotkeys using Alfred than using the Settings->Keyboard->Keyboard Shortcuts method that's built-in to the Mac. This workflow surfaces some of my most-used applications. I use it a few times a day.
Surfaces the MacOS system settings menus and makes them searchable in Alfred. Really nice, I use it about once a day.
I type "t something" and the "something" is immediately opened in Google Translate. 1-2x a day, but only because I live in a German-speaking area at the moment.
I wrote this to handle arbitrary strings. YouTube links get downloaded as videos, Github links get downloaded as zips, other websites get turned into ".webarchive" pages. Pretty generically useful, I use it about once a week.
I'm not going to do a dry, EA-style calculation of time saved, but I estimate Alfred saves me about 30s of annoying, flow-breaking tasks every day. And that number can only ever improve, so I think Alfred is a good purchase if you plan on using your computer a lot.