Cheatsheet

This cheatsheet covers the default hotkeys and keywords for Alfred's features. Green items are 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.

  • Return
  • Shift
  • Control
  • Option
  • Command

Basic

space Show Alfred
Select the next result 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
, Show the Preferences Window
Search the currently typed query in Google
Search the currently typed query in Finder / Spotlight
Undefined (Define this and other alt actions in the General->Results prefs)

Launch applications

app's name To launch an application simply start typing its name, then hit Return

Search the web

google, wiki, … Use predefined keywords for most used web searches (full list in Preferences)

Find files quickly

open Follow keyword by query to open a file
spacebar Follow a space with your query to open a file
find Follow keyword by query to reveal file in Finder
o Open the file
in Follow by a query to search for files that contain this query

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 Calculator tab in Preferences)
screensaver Start Screen Saver
trash Show Trash
emptytrash Empty Trash
logout Log Out
sleep Sleep your Mac
lock Lock your Mac
restart Restart your Mac
shutdown Shut Down your Mac
eject Eject (removable media or all mounted volumes)
hide Hide the running application
quit Quit the running application
forcequit Force Quit the running application

Work with files and applications

~ Navigate to your home folder
/ Navigate to your root folder
/ Go to last browsed path in the File System Navigation
previous Go to last browsed path in the File System Navigation
Show list of available Actions for selected item
fn Show list of available Actions for selected item
Show list of available Actions for selected item
\ Show list of available Actions for selected Finder item
action Show list of available Actions for selected Finder item
Browse selected folder in File System Navigation
Enter a folder in File System Navigation
backspace Go up a folder
Autocomplete
. Show hidden files in File System Navigation

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

Save your clips

c Open Clipboard History viewer
c Copy selected clip to current Clipboard
snippet Access snippets from main Alfred window with this keyword
clear Use keyword to clear Clipboard History

Listen to Music

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

Show the iTunes Mini Player
itunes Use keyword to show the iTunes Mini Player
Play / Pause
play/pause Play / Pause keywords
Next Track
next Next Track
Previous 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 iTunes Mini Player
r Reindex iTunes library

Email and keep contacts

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

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!