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Mac Productivity with Alfred 3 and 4 / Getting Started

teacher avatar Chris Spiegl, Creator & Consultant & Multipotentialite

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35 Lessons (1h 49m)
    • 1. Introducing Alfred and Myself

    • 2. Downloading and Installing Alfred

    • 3. First Interface Overview

    • 4. Replacing Spotlight Keyboard Shortcut

    • 5. General Alfred Handling

    • 6. Alfred Features Overview

    • 7. Features / Default Results

    • 8. Features / File Search

    • 9. Features / Web Search

    • 10. Features / Web Bookmarks

    • 11. Features / Calculator

    • 12. Features / Dictionary

    • 13. Features / Contacts

    • 14. Features / System Commands

    • 15. Features / Large Type

    • 16. Appearance — Dark and Minimal

    • 17. Advanced Tweaking

    • 18. Alfred iOS Remote

    • 19. Powerpack, Usage, Help, and Updates

    • 20. Free Alfred Overview Closing

    • 21. Alfred Powerpack Overview

    • 22. Powerpack / Features Overview

    • 23. Powerpack / File Search

    • 24. Powerpack / Web Search

    • 25. Powerpack / Contacts

    • 26. Powerpack / Clipboard History

    • 27. Powerpack / Snippets

    • 28. Powerpack / iTunes Mini Player

    • 29. Powerpack / 1Password

    • 30. Powerpack / Terminal

    • 31. Powerpack / Workflows

    • 32. Powerpack / Appearance

    • 33. Powerpack / Advanced

    • 34. Closing this Class

    • 35. About Me

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About This Class

Are you sitting in front of your Mac all day and you think there must be a faster way of doing all kinds of things? I’d say you are right. And for many of those things, Alfred is the tool to do it.

Alfred is a macOS Productivity tool that makes searching for files, contacts, accessing the web, or doing calculations that much more efficient. And it’s free in its base version.

Did I mention that — on average — I used Alfred 134 times per day? 134 times per day? Yep, Alfred tracks that, and since April 2013, when I started using the App I interacted with Alfred about 450.000 times. That’s probably the most of use compared to any other app and thus also the best $$ I ever spent on the power pack upgrade.

I am so excited about this application and would love for you to try it too, get used to it and work more productively yourself and that’s why I created this class:

In this class, I will give you a Starting guide to Alfred so you as well can get started to do things more easily.

  • To do this we’ll download Alfred,
  • go over the interface and preferences,
  • replace the spotlight search keyboard shortcut with Alfred (but I’ll show you how to still access it),
  • I share some standard settings with you that will make Alfred look beautiful and minimalistic,
  • We’ll get you up to speed on the free features so you know what you can do right now,
  • and last but not least, I’ll give you an overview of what is possible with the Alfred Powerpack.

Chris Spiegl — | YouTube | Instagram

Version Information:

Alfred 3 and Alfred 4 are essentially the same application. The update was significant, however, it's mostly a cosmetic update. The interface may look slightly different from what I am talking about in this class, but all the functions and features are still the same.

About Your Instructor

My name is Chris Spiegl, I am a creator at heart and I create many things in my everyday life — photos, videos, code… all of these things take time and it's so much more fun if I don't have to spend a lot of my time on all the small things in-between — the paperwork kind of things, the searching for files, the opening of applications, all these little tasks add up over time and Alfred can help you get them done faster.

I know from my own experience that this tool can be a bit overwhelming at first with its many new keyboard shortcuts, and tricks that are not necessarily immediately visible. It takes time to get used to this application to fully grasp its potential. But that's one of the reasons this class exists so that you can go through and understand where your life could be a little bit easier every day. And over time you will miss Alfred every time you have your hands on another Mac that does not have this tool installed.

What is Alfred and Why Would You Need It?

As described on the website of the creators of Alfred:

“Alfred is an award-winning app for Mac OS X which boosts your efficiency with hotkeys, keywords, text expansion and more. Search your Mac and the web, and be more productive with custom actions to control your Mac.”

But if I’d put it into my own words I’d say Alfred should simply be the default Spotlight search for macOS.

If you already have been using your Mac for some time, chances are you used the Spotlight search already. The search box that comes up when you hit “CMD + Spacebar” or hit the magnifying glass to the top right in the menu bar.

In my experience Spotlight shows some results, but is very unpredictable, you can not have custom settings or features, and on top of that, it tends to be slow.

With Alfred that changes everything. Alfred is customizable, it has a whole lot of features (already in the free and paid version even more so).

And you - the user - get to decide what to search for, to begin with. This is especially interesting when spotlight just by default searches for websites, movies, weather, and files at the same time. With Alfred, you decide whether you want to search for files, contacts, do calculations, or search the web and you’ll have an equally fast experience.

The one thing that Alfred isn’t is comprehensible from the start. It’s an application that grows into your daily life. It becomes necessary and you will soon miss it on every other Mac you have to use but isn't set up with Alfred. However, in the beginning, there is so much to try and figure out that it’s a lot to learn.

But don't worry, we'll go step by step in this class and you can also come back to it once you started using some features to learn about some more.

What You’ll Need for This Class

This class is intended to be a beginner's guide to the free version of Alfred. Additionally, you will learn about the features of the Alfred Powerpack which is the paid extension of Alfred so you can make a well-informed decision whether to upgrade or not (a hint: I think the free version is great to start with, but as you get used to Alfred you'll want to have the other features too).

Since Alfred is a macOS application, you’ll need a Mac to follow along.

You do not need the Powerpack for this class. We’ll focus on the free version and only take a peek into the Powerpack features.

So, when you are ready to get started to use your Mac more efficiently, supercharge your daily routine, and find things more quickly: just start this class.

Chris Spiegl — | YouTube | Instagram

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Chris Spiegl

Creator & Consultant & Multipotentialite


I'm a developer turned mindful consultant & content creator.

Creating was always my passion. In the beginning, I focused on coding, which was around 2003. Later I added photography. Now it's a colorful mix of photos, videos, code, writing, and podcasting. Most of which I taught myself through years of trial and error, learning from tutorials online, and building my own projects. Sometimes I wasn't really clear on what I wanted to really do with this palette of skills, though I believe being a multipotentialite is one of the greatest powers in today's day and age.

Now with years more of experience I finally found the platform that can bring more to life than I ever expected. Skillshare. A platform that empower... See full profile

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1. Introducing Alfred and Myself: are you sitting in front of your Mac a lot, and you think there must be a way to do all kinds of tiny task a little bit faster, maybe stay a little bit more on the keyboard and achieve more with less movement? I would say you are correct. And the topic of this class, Alfred the tool that I'm going to talk about is one of the things that I think will give you. That opportunity offered is a productivity application with which you can access the Web search for files, contacts, pictures and you can do a lot more things with the features inside. It is a free application in the base version. It also comes with the power pack. However, this class is mostly regarding the free version, and it only will give you a little bit of a peek into the power pack features. The power pack class will be a separate class that I'm going to create here on sculpture as well. So look out for that. Did I mention that on average, I personally used Alfred about 134 times per day, and since 2013 I have interacted with this application about 450,000 times. That is probably the most out of any application on my computer to this day, and that makes it so worth it. It's something that comes into your daily routine. It's something that you use every day without even thinking about it, and sometimes this is a bad thing. But you will actually miss Alfred when you work with a Mac that is not set up with your custom functionalities. This is why I think that this tool is such a powerful tool to start out with off course, there is to do lists and all kinds of other applications. But this application, Alfred is going to kind like we've itself into your daily routine. It's going to weave itself into your life like nothing else. And like I said, 134 times is the average that I use Alfred every single day. And that's just insane to me. I'm so excited about this application, and I would love for you to try it out as well, and also become a little bit more productive in everyday tasks to give you a little bit of an overview about this class. It's going to be a getting started diet. It's going to be about all the free features, and I'm going to give you a small peek into the power pick features as well, so you can make an informed decision about whether or not you want to purchase the upgrade as well. Now, to get you started in this class, we're going to download Alfred and started for the first time. We're going to replace the spotlight search shortcut with Alfred, because that makes much more sense. In my opinion, it's just in a replacement for the spotlight. Search into altogether. However, don't worry. We'll also replace the shortcut four spotlights, so you will still have access to that as well. Then we're going to set up a couple of standard settings, and we're going to go over all the features that are available in the free version so you can get started right away. We'll also get a couple of settings going to make it more minimalistic and beautiful looking with less intrusion. That is something that I'm really passionate about, to have something in a nice, dark theme without any unnecessary bells and whistles. Lastly, we will also go over all the power pack features so you can make an informed decision whether or not you want to purchase the upgrade and kind of like a hint from my side. I think it's definitely worth it. However, Alfred is a little bit overwhelming in the beginning, so you might want to just get started with the free version and then upgrade later. As I've mentioned before, I'm also going to create a class on the topic off the power pack and more specifically on the work flows that you will learn more about later. So stay tuned for this class as well. If you're interested in all the power pack features and getting your bearing around those as well. Oh, and by the way, before I forget it. My name is Chris Spiegel, and I'm a creator at heart. I create photos, videos and sometimes code. It is my passion to create these things. It's not my passion to be stuck on the minutia in between so managing and navigating my Mac . It's one of the things that I like to improve and be more productive with, so that I can get the real projects done faster look at it like the paperwork kind of stuff . Do you really want to kind of go through folders to kind like find your files? Or do you want to just get a couple of key strokes and be right there with the file without even having to touch your mouth at all? I think that's really valuable. And that's why I created this class to give you that information and overview so you can manage things better and faster so you can get more done in your day or be done earlier. I know from my own experience that the Alfred feature set can be a bit overwhelming, with all its keyboard shortcuts and hidden features that are not necessarily immediately visible. However, this is exactly the reason why I created this class so you can get started slowly and then you can build up onto that s you go. You can also come back to this class if you, for example, forgot something or you remember that I talked about the certain feature and you think now it's time to get into that feature and to kind of understand it a little more. My personal pathway with Alfred Waas that I started using the free version, and over time I learned my bearing around that. And then I upgraded to the power pack, and as I started using the power pack, it became more and more obvious how valuable that waas even more so. And even now to this day, every now and then, I create a new workflow. I create a new keyboard shortcut or something like that inside of the Alfred Environment, which helps me in everyday life with new tasks that come up every now and then. So it's really a tool that integrates into your life as I've mentioned before. It's a wonderful application that will power a lot in your work day. I think the creators off Alfred said it best on the websites. Alfred is an award winning out for Mac OS, which boosts your efficiency with hot keys, keywords, text expansion and more searcher Mac and the Web, and be more productive with custom actions to control your Mac. I think in my own words, if I would have to contact transfer that over, Alfred just simply should be the default spotlight search on any Mac there is spotlight search is something that has become more and more powerful over the years. However, Apple, in his normal way off doing things, never really gave us the power to customize what spotlight can do. And this is where Alfred is completely different. Alfred, especially in the Power Pack, will that you customize anything. And the other things that are coming to mind to me are that Alfred is something that can search specific things individually, and that makes it incredibly fast. Whereas spotlight by default always searches everything, it searches movies rotten tomato I m. D B, whether it also searches the maps at the same time as it searches for filed applications, contacts and dust calculations. In Alfred, you get to choose what you want to do, and thus the results are provided to you much, much faster. At least that has been my experience, and I am very happy with the ability to kind like narrow down my search results the way that I am expecting them to be. You will learn much more about this inside off the class, and it will make more sense in terms of like what I mean around that as well. This class is a getting started guide for Alfred on Mac. This means that you will need a Mac OS operating system to use Alfred because it isn't macro as application and you will only need the free version. I am going into a couple of the power pack features and giving you an overview so you can make a better informed decision as to whether or not you want to do the upgrade. But all the feature sets that I'm describing in depth are in the free version. I also would like to disclose that I am not affiliated with the team behind offered. There's no affiliate coats in this class whatsoever, and I'm just unexcited user that loves to use the application and would like to give you more in depth knowledge about it and also get you started on how to use it in your daily flow. So when you're ready to get started to use your Mac more efficiently and supercharge your daily routine with faster search for files and on the Web, then start this class and I will see you in the next segment 2. Downloading and Installing Alfred: well to get started with Alfred. The first step, obviously, is to install the application. To do that. Let's have a quick look at the website and then download the application, install it and started for the first time now on the website. As I've mentioned before, there's this nice description off Alfred, and then you will find all kinds of features that they feature in the application. A little bit of a tricky thing here is that most off those things that are mentioned here in big letters or like big segments, are features that are only available in the power pack. For example, the snippets here, the automation, the music control, all of those things are specific to the power pack. The search and browse is one of the main things that is available in the free version as well. Now, down here you will find a lot of other things that offered supports and many off thes are actually available in the free version as well as in the power pack version. As you scroll through, you will find that there's a lot of features with default searches, quick looks, system commands, clipboard history snippet, expansion, large type and all these other things, and I will go into detail off all of these things as we go through this class now to download Alfred, we can just go down here in the bottom. There's three offered download for free. Now I want to mention that offers also available in the Mac OS App store. However, the version that's available there is over six years old, and it is not recommended to use that. Instead, you should go to the website like here and you download the application. From there it is Alfred three for Mac OS, and it is Developer I D signed and notarized with the apple workflow so you can rest assured that it is official and is basically wrapped as if it were an app on Mac store. If you at some point decide to purchase the power pack, you can either do that from within the application or you can buy the power pack right here . And I would like to just let you know how much this would cost. In this case, the version three power packs single user licences £23 and you can convert that to whatever your currency is the mega supporter is £39 that's actually the upgrade that I made a couple of years ago, and since then, I just got any upgrades for free. So if you'd end up deciding to go for one of these licenses, just make sure to choose whichever feels right for you at the time. I'm sure that if the upgrade to Alfred Number four will come anytime soon, they will also have a migration package or some kind of a deal where you have the license in a certain time frame already and stuff like that. But this is not the topic off this class because we're focusing on the free Alfred class, which is just the free one that you can download right here. So let's click that button and download the application. So once the download is finished, we can just open the DMG file. Obviously, it should be in our Downloads folder, and once the verification process and stuff is through, we're just going to copy this into the application's folder. So once you have moved the file into the application's folder and you found it there, you can just double click it and either it will open up immediately, or you have to double click it a second time. Now, as you can see on the screen, there's this nice search bar, and also there's this little tiny hat in the menu bar that is available to you. This is basically all the interface is it is this main search bar that is the whole feature set off Alfred. However, to look into all of the settings. There's two ways you can do that. You can either go onto the hat in the menu bar and click the preferences button up there. You can also right click on the search here, and you can click on preferences or, as I prefer and works in almost all applications in general, congested command and comma. And it will open the feature preferences and all the preferences that you can do with Alfred on the screen. So once you're done with that, we can also eject the offered image file. You can either do that right there from this image with Command E, and you can just click those buttons or the alternative is to open and you find a window and go into the sidebar here, little Alfred search image. And you can just eject that. I personally keep my downloads folder very clean and would also just delete the image file immediately. Because we have installed the application already. We can download it again from Internet if we need to do so. But for now we're done there from here. We're going to go over all these different taps up here, the settings that we can change, the features that are available in the free version. And at the end, there will be the overview off the power pig features as well. That's in the next segment. 3. First Interface Overview: the offered interface that you see every day is very minimal. It's simply this little search box that comes up to the screen when you hit the shortcut to open Alfred. The default shortcut is Ault Space Bar. I personally prefer to set the shortcut to be the default spotlights shortcut, so we are going to replace those in an upcoming video. But for now, it is all to Space Bar to open this, and this is basically everything that you get. It's very minimal. It's very simple, and there's also ways to change the design around and make it even more minimal. But in general, this is everything that you see on a daily basis. It's simple search box, and it can do a lot of things. But we're going to go into the interface now, which has all the settings, which is much more blown up than the thing that you see on a daily basis, the daily basis, this thing very minimal. The preferences, however, are very in depth and very broad. In general. I actually found that the screen for the preferences and everything it is very explanatory in general because they have descriptions everywhere, so you can kind of understand what is going on, but in my own experience, it was still very overwhelming to go over all of those things at the first time to get into the settings. There's a couple of different ways one issue can click on the hat and you conflict preferences. The other one is You can click right click on this hat. Or, as I've mentioned before. You can also just command and comma, which will bring up the interface for the preferences offered. This shortcut is actually something that you can remember for any other application out there because most applications actually support this to open the preferences so you can just hit command comma in any position off the application and you will open the preferences, whether that's in photo shop or it's in pages or any other app that you might have on your computer. Now, one more way to actually do this or to accomplish to opening this preferences is actually already inside of the search itself, so you can click here so you can open the search again and you can just hit and right preferences. And as you will see, there is a search result that shows Alfred Preferences, and you can either hit command three to jump to this and open it. Or you can navigated with the clicking off the arrows up and down. And also you can use the mouse to navigate these search results. I probably would have done and hit command. And three and again it opens the preferences off the Alfred application. Now here we are on the general settings or general preferences screen, where you can decide to launch it on log in. You can also change the elephant hot key, which we're going to do in another video, and you can tell it where you are. This is Theo International setting, because I travel a lot, and generally I want the either the dot com or like whatever the most international version off the website is. Sometimes it also just redirect me to the one where I am in the country that I am. We're going to make all these adjustments in another video because to actually change the offered hot key, we will also have to go into the system settings to, for example, remap the spotlight search hot key. Otherwise, both of these applications will happen together, or you cannot choose the hot key because it's already used by another system shortcut and stuff like that. So we're going to do that in a separate segment shortly now. What you will also find on the screen is the offered newsletter. If you want to sign up for that, you can enter your email and click subscribe. You can also download the Alfred Remote app, which is not necessarily something that I recommend a lot, but that's also a different video in itself. The Features area is the area where Alfred default features are managed. This is where most of the things are done with the file search Web search, like all of these things, and we're also going to go in depth with all of these different things in different videos . Now, many off these features are available in the free version. Some off them are only available in the power pack, and some of them are slightly reduced in the free version and in the power pack, they are more powerful. But as I've mentioned before, even in the free version, this is already really, really powerful, and I want to let you know that this application that I use right now here is actually deactivated, and the power pack it's not activated. So you see what you get with the free version, and not with, like already being in the power pack and expecting that something will work. But it doesn't. This is the free version without activation. So it has all the features that are Onley in the free version and not in the power back. Now, if we go to the next area, which with the work flows, you will notice that this is a pure power peck feature. This is something that I will actually go into depth in a different course completely, because it is something that is so powerful that it is valuable to make its own course about this. The reason why this is so powerful is because you can do all kinds of custom things, and that means you can code stuff. You can download other people's work flows and all. You can do so much with this that it's insane and it's incredibly powerful. But it is not available in the free version of Alfred, and it's not topic off this class specifically the next tap that we will see here above its the appearance in this appearance screen. You can change the appearance off the Alfred search window, and that's really cool, because it gives you the ability to make it a little darker, for example, or just more minimalistic in general. And we're going to talk about that as well. The advanced settings, as you might have guessed, is about a couple of the advanced things that you can do here. You can change how certain things react, how certain keyboard shortcuts work, how to work with the history. And also you can rebuild the metadata cache and like stuff like that. It's something that is probably the least important screen on this application. And it's something that I usually don't change a lot off the remote for Alfred is an IOS application that I mentioned before. I'm not necessarily very Fonda off. I'm going to talk about what is possible with this application and this screen here you have for the settings off the remote application. Then, on the right hand side, we have the power pack. In this case, as you can see, you can by the power pack. You can upgrade if you have a virgin to license, and you can also activate a power pack. If you already have a license key, that's just very simply what you can do there. The usage screen is something that is very fun. It shows you how much you use Ah, the offered features. Or, like the jet, like the different features off Alfred, how much you use expansion and iTunes, remote and hot key than all these things. And, as you can see, I bought a new computer last year. So this statistic is sadly lost in the process because I actually have been using Alfred for much longer than the last year. But alone in this last year, I used to 35,000 times, and in this case, on average, 87 times per day in the past. I'm not sure why this went lower in the past. It was much higher, as I've mentioned in the intro off this class. I had this number of B 134 for some time, which is quite insane. But maybe I changed my use off how I'm interacting or how much I'm actually spending time on my computer now on the screen. You can also tweet your statistics, which is just It's a gimmick. It's not necessarily that amazing, but it gives me a feel of how valuable this application has been to me over time. Then we have to help tap, which obviously you can report a box. You can get help. You can email the people or use the forum, which is really powerful. And there's a lot of people there that know a lot. And then last but not least, you can update Alfred. You can decide whether or not you want the pre release version, and you can look at the full change. Look on the website, and if you have a new version, then you would have a button right here to be able to upgrade and restart Alfred. Now that we know our bearings in the interface, let's get to the first task, which will be to replace a spotlight with the offered search 4. Replacing Spotlight Keyboard Shortcut: Now let's get started with replacing the spotlight search with the offered search. By default, you can access the spotlight search either with this little magnifying Aiken and the top right corner off your screen or with a shortcut command and space bar. Now, I already have disabled the shortcut, but I'm going to show you how you can do that and remap it because that's exactly what we need to do to be able to map Alfred to that shortcut. So what we want to be doing is, in this case, we're going to use offered to actually achieve this. We're going to open Alfred the search with Ault and Space Bar in this case because we still have it on that shortcut. So once we have offered open weaken do actually two things here, we can either just enter system preferences, and we opened the system preferences that way. And this way you can see we opened that systems preferences window. But I already know that we want to go into the keyboard settings off the system's preferences, and those are actually available just by typing keyboard, and you will find the preferences pain for that. And if I hit. Enter now, As you can see now, we immediately enter the keyboard preferences and we don't have to navigate anymore. Here. We can actually click on the shortcuts, and inside of the shortcuts, you will find that there is one that is called spotlight. And here you see the show spotlight search is actually disabled. I personally never use it. Or if I need to use, I just click the little magnifying glass at the top right. However, if you want to keep this and you want to just re map it to something different, you can actually double click this and, for example, make it command. Make it the ELT and space. So in this case now we have all space set up to be the spotlight search and the offered hotcakes. So now what we can do if we hit this, as you notice, we kind of like switch back and forth between them both, and that's annoying. So that's not the result that we were looking for. What we were looking for is we want the show spotlight search to be command in space, and then on the Alfred Window, we can actually click into the Alfred Hockey window right here, and we click and hold command. And then we hit the space bar. And as you can see, we now have re mapped the offered hot key to command and space bar. So if I hit Command Space Bar now it opens the Alfred window. And if I had Ault and Space Bar, it opens the search spotlight window. Personally, I would again disable this completely because I never really use it, and I'm going to leave it like that. But you can choose yourself whether or not you want to have Spotlight Search accessible with a keyboard shortcut. Or if it's enough to just click the spotlight search in the menu bar and have offered to do everything else for, you know that we have set up the default shortcut for Alfred. The other thing that I would definitely recommend is Launch offered at Log in. This is kind of obvious because we want this accessible at all times, ready to go as soon as our computers started up. The last thing that is on the screen is the Where are You? The international setting is something that is intended for people that are traveling and changing countries all the time. That is exactly what I usually am doing, so I always leave it right there. But if you are in any off thes mentioned countries down here, let's just set it to the one that fits the best to you. Or, if you are traveling a lot, just said it to international. Now that we have set ups Alfred to be the default search replacement for the spotlight, we set it up to launch automatically and we told it where you are. Let's go into the file handling and like the first and most important shortcuts to kind of get used to what Alfred can accomplish and how the interface actually works before we dive into all the different settings that we can make and before we start learning about all the ins and outs off different application features and functionalities. So let's get into the next video where we learn about how to handle the more general things around. Alfred 5. General Alfred Handling: So let's talk about the general handling off Alfred and what the different functionalities are there already available to us without going deeper into the different settings and also how to restart the application, how to go into the preferences and stuff like that as a default offered offers that little hat up top in the menu bar. There's just three things that you can do there, and I personally prefer my menu bar to be very minimalistic. So I will show you in the upcoming videos how to hide this hat and not have it visible at all. However, if you want to keep it there, you can check for updates. You can go into the preferences, and you can also toggle the Alfred without hitting the space bar or like the command space bar think that we just set up. However, I just prefer to do it with the space bar. Come on, the command space bar, and that's already the first thing that we can do here is command space Bar, and it opens up this nice application window to a search for things to do calculations and other stuff. So one thing I've mentioned before issue can hit command and comma, and it will open the preferences window here. You can also quit Alfred. However, there's one struggle that you have when you want to quit. Offered from here, Which is how do you open it again? Easily. Now you can either acquitted and then you can use the spotlight search to search for the Alfred application and you can hit enter and then it opens again. However we want to be using offered itself to reopen offer it so we can kind of like restarted the way we would do that Is we open? Alfred? We had space bar a second time, which is a specific command to search for only files and applications. Then we can enter Alfred. And as you can see, we will find the Alfred three app here. And if we hold down command, it will change the line below the app and it's s refuel and finder. With that, we can hit enter while holding command and it actually will open a finder window and it will select the application right there. Now what we can do is we can hit quit Alfred, and it ends the application. If I hit Come on, Space bar. Now nothing happens, but we can just double click here and it will open. Alfred. We can close the window and we can have offered accessible again. And this is how I like to restart Elfriede whenever I see the need for it to kind of, like just refueling in the finder have inaccessible immediately after I quitted and then just double click or command and hit the down arrow, which also opens an application again. Now, this is more off edge case, right? To kindly want to restart an application that's supposed to be running anyways all the time . And if you restart your computer every now and then, you shouldn't really run into this issue much. But we were kind of like talking about a couple of things that are already really valuable in elephant, which is you can search for files individually from the normal search, and you can also reveal Fire's and the finder. Can I just give you an idea of what even is possible Now, I would like to show you a couple of things that are possible here. One thing is, for example, we can just search for applications, and those are immediately available in the normal search. But what you will notice is, for example, that I don't have access to the Alfred App. But if I want to search for photo shop, I could used that and be there and open Photoshopped immediately. Also photo booth. Or, if I wanted to launch pages, for example, I could do that. And, like all of those things are really easily accessible, and the default surgery usually searches for applications, it searches for contact. You can do calculations like, for example, 13 times 12. If you want to do that, or you can search for, for example, my own contact details. And those are the default functionalities. And as you can see, it's snappy fast. It's really, really fast. But what if you wanted to search for a file? And that's something that I showed just a second ago for restarting applications? If you just hit space bar once, you have to search window open, where you can also hit this single upward cohesion mark. But let's face it, hitting the space bar when you already had come on space and then you just hit space bar again without having command held. This opens the file search or the file to like open files and stuff like that. The thing that he could do here is, for example, you can search for again applications, but it also searches for folders. So let's say I want something like the Alfred getting started. This, in my case, is a file that it's the icon or like the like, the work in progress that I've been working on to get started with the outfit and I made a little bit of a cover photo for this course. So now what I can do here is I can actually hit shift, and it would open the preview that we're used to from Mac OS. It doesn't work with Space bar because the space bar obviously just adds a new item in the search. And also, if you just type something with the shift, it doesn't do the same thing. But if you hit shift and it opens the preview off the file that you have selected, the other things about this interface here are that you can use the modifier cues. So if you control click here like you, you control hold, then you will see below the title off the file that it would search for Alfred getting started with the default far back. This default fallback can be probably set up. Ask Google. This is my default fallback, but it can be set to pretty much anything you want. The next thing is, if you hold out the all turkey, as you can see, it would make search with spotlights. So if I were to now click the enter key while holding the old key, it opens a finder window, and it makes a standard search with the Mac OS spotlight search. Let's just close this again. Open Alfred. And here we go for another nice feature. Now, I opened the offered window again and my search is gone. But maybe I just needed another try or needs to do the same search again. What I can do here is I can just hit the arrow up key. And as you can see, I'm immediately brought back to the same search from before. It actually works with that again, like I can do that multiple times. And as I've also talked about before, if I now hold the and command key I will actually be able to reveal the file that I've selected in the finder. So if I do that here, it actually opens the folder, which has this file. And as you can see here, it's in my finder. It's in my iCloud drive, and if I hit space bar again, it will show the preview, as we're used to now, as you probably see on the screen. The first research result is by default. It is selected. So if you just hit enter, it opens that file in whatever default application you have assigned to this file type. So for me, if I haven't J pic file, if it hit, enter, it opens preview, and I can close that again now. What you can also do is you can also just hit the numbers on the right side, which in this case, if I wanted to open the PSD now it's the number two. So if a hit command to it would select that file or I could navigate to it with my arrow keys or I can also navigate to it with my mouse. One thing that is important to mention here, and you probably already noticed this that the order of things changed in between the use cases, and this is because I used the offered getting started image. The J pack more than a PST, so that search engine internally actually remembers which files you preferred, and then it puts them higher up. This is sometimes a little bit annoying because you might have gotten too used to using the command one to reach a certain search results. But it is actually quite helpful because the tendency is that you will end up having the right file to begin with and number one and then you can choose the other ones accordingly . Another extremely powerful feature, rear in Alfred, is that you can just enter anything you'd like, and you can either find something with a Web and the fallback searches that are offered. Or you can enter a your L to actually access that website. So, for example, if you copy link from an email and it is not a link and you have to open your browser and then you can, like enter the link, you can actually just command space bar paste your link, and then you can hit enter because let's say, if I were to go to my own website and I don't have it copied right now, I enter chris spiegel dot com and, as you can see, it automatically recognised that it is a website, and I can now open the type Purell. As you can see, some off the modifier keys actually still work, so control would make a search with a default fullback search. So, um, lt would automatically search in the spotlight, and the command doesn't work because you can't reveal websites. But other things that I can do here are, for example, that if I wanted to search something with Google or Amazon, right, let's say I wanted to search for alternatives for Alfred. Let's type that in near alternative. And, as you can see, the default fallback. If offered, does not find anything on the system, it would give you the options to search with Google, Amazon or Wikipedia. These air the search options that are available in the free version, and we will go into the settings as well, and you can see that you can make certain adjustments. You if by default you just want to search Google, for example, It can also just type Google and then your search term. And then you can search this inside of Google. We will talk about how to make these shorter because I personally would just want to be able to say G and then alternative or something like that. You can also use something like translate And then you have something and type it in there , which would do a Google translate for you, but again very cumbersome to write, translate and then be able to use that. So now you've got a limit of an overview. You can just search for applications here. You can also just search for files with the command space and then again, the space bar to only search for files, folders and stuff like that. You can do calculations, and you can also restart off Alfred. And you can reach the Web by just entering a your L or a search term and used to fall back search for a Google search. In the next segment, we will look into the features that you can configure and also how those things impact what you can do, how it works, how you can use keywords to more specifically search for specific things and anything else that is possible with Alfred 6. Alfred Features Overview: offered features Aton of functionality already in the free version, and we're going to go over all of these things in this segment off the class where we're talking about all the different features individually, one after another. We're also going to talk about how you can change the design of Alfred in small ways to make it more minimalistic and beautiful. We're also going to change some of these standard search parameters so they're faster to enter, and you don't have to type Google or Amazon to actually do an Amazon search. But instead you can use G or a so that should give you an ability to work faster with all of the things that offer provides. And let's get into the segment off the feature overview. 7. Features / Default Results: to get into the future. Overview. We're going to come open Alfred with Command Space bar, and then we're going to open the application preferences with command comma. Once we're there, we click the features button up here and here you're greeted with default results. And then you have a sidebar, which offers all kinds of different features that you can conficker and also learn more about how they actually work. Because, as you can see, even here, there's a lot that you can learn from the different descriptions that are below the different settings. And it actually is quite explanatory. This first default search results window gives you exactly that. It's the default search results, with no modifiers and no specific keywords in the beginning. So by default, as you can see, it is applications, preferences and contacts that are listed here. And then you can also choose to make folders, text files, documents and other things available here. But the note down here specifies that for performance reasons, it would be better to only make the essentials available for search. This has to do with the fact that, while searching through things offered needs a certain amount of calculating power and to search through thousands and 1,000,000 of files. It's much more work than to just limit it to a few things, like contact applications and preferences I personally would recommend to collect. Just leave that as IT ISS and LF mentioned before in the general file handling of the general handling of Offered. If you just open offered and hit space bar, you get the file search anyways. So this whole thing a four folders, text files, archives, documents and stuff like that that's immediately accessible by just hitting space bar once the window for offered is open, so I don't think that it's necessary to add the's extras. However, if you decide differently, you can check it out and see how it performs and maybe make a different choice later, or it just works enough or good enough for you. Now ask there, mentioning here. This is unintelligent. Searching for all file types again would just be crazy to search everything every single time that takes away the snap Penis off Alfred and collect defeats the purpose of having the different search scopes that are available inside Alfred, and then it just becomes another spotlight, which is, as I've noticed, quite slow lower in this heading screen, you can also see the search scope. This actually has an impact on everything else as well. So if you want to find files or you want to find folders, the folder needs to be in here. Or also. If you want to search for things on external hard drives, they need to be in here as well by default. These are the ones that are available here, and as you can see down here at the right bottom, you will find that it also includes the Home folder, excluding the library folder. So if you want to be able to search the library folder, you can add it specifically here with this little plus up there. Or you can just open it in the finder, and then you can just drag and drop the folder or the external. Drive into this list, and it will be added to the search scope, adding too many things to the search scope. For example, if you're just at the hard drive itself that your Mac comes with, then again you are blowing up how much search has to happen in the background. It makes it a little slower and limiting it to the place that you actually store the files that use personally work with is really, really good. It's so in my case, I tend to just leave it as it is by default. I sometimes at the library folder, but in general it's a smarted year to just at the specific library things that you want to add anyways and not the whole folder, because there's a lot of cashing stuff in there. It's not really necessary. And I sometimes have external hard drives that I adhere as well, because I work with them a lot. The last thing that you have down here is that you can decide whether or not you want to show the fallback search always intelligently, or you want to only show it. If there's nothing else possible, I tend to set it to only show fall back when there's no other results, and you can also have more settings with this in the power pack because it is something that they limit. So the default searches the three ones that are available Google, Amazon and Wikipedia. Those are by default and then you can make new settings if you have the power pack. But now let's get into more detail with a file search tab and see how we can actually manipulate the search results and find what we're looking for. 8. Features / File Search: the file search area here gives you a lot of specifics about what you want to find and how to get there. So there's a lot of modifier keywords that you can use to specifically search for special things in the standards set up. You can see here that there's this quick search, which I already talked about, which is basically opening Alfred and then letting go off the command key but hitting the space bar again. This is actually the enable quick file search mode, which immediately opens this like mode, where it can only search for files, folders and other things on the screen. Here, you can also conficker other parameters and keywords that you can use to do specific searches. For example, you can search for opening files by just hitting entering open in front of us of the file that you want to open you confined files, revealing them in the finder. However again, something that already works by just hitting the command and then enter when I come on and click which is the reveal file, and to conduct demonstrate that if I go here and I say open and then Alfred getting started , then we have the file here. And if I were to hit enter it would open this file. If I hold my command key down, it would say reveal in finder. And that basically is the same as saying Find now, if I change the key word here and I would type find, then it should find the file in the finder as it should. And it does not open the file. Personally, I never really use either off these two. I just used the space bar and then I just search for the files. If you want to use thes, I would recommend shortening the words because find and open are unnecessary keywords because you can just put f or Oh, and thats done. You can do that by just changing the key word here. And then that's symbol. As I mentioned, you can do both of these things very easily with a quick search mode and the modifier keys , so I don't need those. The other things that are available here is that you can search inside of files. So with this in, you can actually search for specific things inside of pdf documents, names, quotes, text elements and stuff like that again. It's something that I don't necessarily use Ah Hall a lot because I tend to remember the file names that I'm searching for. This is something that also searches a lot more information because it searches inside of files and not just the file name, so it can be a little bit slower and more inaccurate. The results are a little bit unpredictable in my taste, but it can be very powerful if you work a lot with any kind off pdf documents or other files that you want to search the contents off. The tax thing does the same thing. It searches for all things tax. So if you tag a lot of files, you might want to use that again, something that I don't necessarily use a whole lot. The don't show section is actually very, very powerful because you can, by default, exclude e mails, contacts, calendar bookmarks and stuff like that. This is interesting because in the system, these things that emails, for example, if you use the apple mail are all filed each and every single email again. This is something that makes the search a lot more inefficient. If you have to search through a lot of files. But if you want to include emails in your search because you use the Apple mail system and you want to be able to search for all of that, then it may make sense to actually activate this. Bookmarks are a different story. Contact as well. Contact are by default in the search results, so you don't really need those in the file search. It would just be a little bit confusing. The bookmarks are also something that works by default, with Alfred already making these available in the search for files also not necessarily recommended for some time. I also excluded other things like images or music. But since streaming has become so popular, I don't really use that anymore. And same thing for images. My images are stored on external hard drives. They're not necessarily index, so this is no longer an issue. And if you exclude images and for example, we do this search that I've done before were the offered getting started. As you can see the PST file as well. If the J pic file are no longer available and that's not what we want, we want those things available. Then down here we can rate limit the results so we can say we want 2040 or however many we want. I tend to just use either the longest or the shortest. It's something that sometimes it's useful if your, um if you're looking Maurin a fuzzy kind of way and you want to come and see if there's more results. But as you can see down here, few results gives you more performance, and so that's always a good thing. And last but not least, we also have this bar up here for a couple other taps. Navigation is something that only the power pack the buffer as well. But preview is something that actually works quite nicely, even in the free version. So in this case again, if we go to this picture example, quick look can be opened with shift. So we just hit shift and it opens this up, and once this is open, we can actually use shift again to close it. But we can also just hit the space bar and just the same thing. This is actually the standard Mac OS quick look, and you can just access it with the shift key because space bar is just a normal space in a search field. Alternatively, you can also use command and why? But why would you use to keystrokes if you can just use one? And then we have a couple more things here to like no previous in or no previous four. This might be useful if use some kind off rich previews that are taking a lot of render power. I have never really used this because I tend to just work with the files that I have, and the only things that come to mind for this is, for example, photo photos that are raw files that you don't want to render for previews. But other than that, I just leave those things empty, the actions again, power pack feature and then on the advanced thing here. You can also look through these, And if you want to open Apple script or you want to run Apple scripts, you kind of want to touch folders or not. These air really advanced features, and they're not really something that I would change, and I would just use them as they are now. We already have wrapped up the file search, and I hope this is already something that will be really useful for you, too. Can get your hands dirty and be able to specifically search for files and also use the preview to colic, find them and see if you're having the right file there. The next area we're going to go into is the Web search, which is really powerful, too. Reached the Web very quickly and do searches without opening the browser first. 9. Features / Web Search: the Web search feature and offered quickly became one of my favorite features off all times at the time when I first started using Alfred, even though I realized later that I could also use Web bookmarks for what I was doing when you can do here, specifically, issue can set up search keywords that you can search for on different websites with different keywords. There's a handful of things that are really, really powerful here. The first thing, of course, is, for example, Google. Google is also a fallback search. But if you want to specifically just google something straight away, you can just type Google and then whatever you want to search for alternative, whatever. And then it would Google that now what we can also do. And if you go through this list and you look here, you can also duck duck, for example. You can use doctor Go. You can use Yahoo. So as you can see, there's a lot of alternative searches that you have here, and you can also open things just by default. Six. For example, if I enter Gmail, I would open Gmail, and I can also search my Gmail for a certain search term. However, the most annoying thing here for me was that these things are sometimes really, really long. So Google, I don't want a type Google. I just want to talk to you and that's enough If I want to open images search, I want to enter I If I want to open translate, I want to just enter t I want to open Amazon. I want to enter a I am to be is the one that I leave like I am to be and then the rest. This kind of depends on how you use your Mac or how you use search engines. If you prefer doctor go, you might want to set up Doc. Doctor s deep. If you search for YouTube a lot, you might want to set up YouTube. Asked why and so on. Now, if you want to set up a custom search like this, you can actually do that by just adding a custom search. So if you click here, you will find that you can enter the search your l. And then when you enter the UL, you can use the query with these brackets on left and right. The curly brackets that you can use those to actually make a search request. So let's pretend my website would have a search. It would be https, chris spiegel dot com. And then I would, for example, say slash search Q equals and then query, and this would actually then open my website with the search query. However, if you just want to make a shortcut for your own website, for example, in this case my website would be this. I want to have it say, Chris Spiegel and Web site, and then the keyword should BCS, for example. So this is already set up. And I could also set a Aiken by just dragging, dropping an image right here. I'm going to leave this empty for now and just hit safe. Now what happens if I opened this and I click CS? You can see that there is Chris Spiegel website, and if I hit enter right here, it actually opens my website. This is something that I used a lot in the beginning off. Using offered, I made shortcuts for pretty much anything. The trailer boards I was using the websites. I was opening a lot. The YouTube interface was one that I used it a lot with us. Well, for example, to go into the video manager to go into the analytics and stuff like that. However, since then, I found out that it is kind of more useful to use the Web bookmarks to do that and not clutter. The search is here, so this is very useful. It is something where you could do a lot with by either entering no query to kind like make this as a bookmark and just open websites open certain links very, very fastly. Or you can make this a really powerful search to college. Just one key search on a specific website. So you don't have to Let's say open chrome and then go to Google, right? And I enter your search term right there. I've seen way too many do that, and that is not really something that I want to be advertising. So overall, this very powerful and you can utilize it, customize it however you like. The other thing that you could do on the screen is that you can enable or disable certain search results or keywords, and I think that's quite powerful if you want to disable, for example, Yahoo. Because you never use your who are. You want to never use Google, so you disable that. The last thing on this one is that there's this euros and history. Definitely this is more of power pick feature because if you open Alfred and you enter a website like google dot com, it would open this on the website. And this is actually the setting recognized Urals and offered main window. I would keep this definitely on and then just use it. And in the power pack, what happens is that it actually remembers those year olds for you. So you can just search for the euros that you have entered into Alfred or you have opened through Alfred. That is really powerful. But again, only a power pack future the next one. As I've mentioned, the Web bookmarks are kind of similar to this, but they don't have the feature set off the query, so you don't have the ability to make a custom search with a Web bookmarks. But you can search through the safari or Google chrome bookmarks that you have set up, and that's really powerful. But that's in the next video 10. Features / Web Bookmarks: So next up we have the Web bookmarks. These bookmarks are kind of similar to this Web searches that we have before, but they don't support the query string, so you cannot do the searches with this, However, it is something that I found in the long run. Finally, a little bit. Mawr. Ah, a little simpler to actually make new bookmarks and to use them, Maurice Feli the settings on the screen. Let's talk about those first, first and for all. You can activate or deactivate the different browsers study use. I use Google chrome as my main bookmarks and also my main browser. So I selected this one. The other fun thing is that you can actually select which off the browser profiles you want to be using. I have set up this one, so I'm going to use that. Then you can make a decision whether or not to include thes bookmarks in the search results by default or if you want to use a key word, I use the default search and I just use keywords inside off the bookmark titles. And then you have the last setting, which is quite helpful if you use safari and Google Chrome. You can actually say which of the browsers should be used. So whether it should use the default browser in my case, Google, Chrome or you could also set it to the bookmark source browser. So if you use Safari and Google Chrome and you search for either one of those bookmarks, depending on the word the book markets found, whether it's in safari bookmarks or its and chrome bookmarks, it would open the browser specifically to the bookmark. I prefer to leave it at the default browser because I basically Onley. Use Google chrome and Never Safari two comic show How this actually works. We have to open chrome, so command and space bar and let's search for chrome. Open the website and let's say I want to make a bookmark for my own website. So once you have the website loaded, when you can do here is click the little Star Aiken at the top ride or you go into the menu bar and say, Bookmark. This page can also use the command code, command and D. And it would be the same thing. Asked looking the star I can hear you can change the title for me. Personally, I like to make something specific for this bookmark, especially if I intend to use it with offered. So let's say I would make this C S w for my website. Then you can set up the folder. I tend to have a specific folder for my Alfred all Fred keywords and in either stays inside the bookmarks bar or I want to move it somewhere else. But this is fine for now, so I save it and what you will notice is that it tends to take a couple of seconds for this search your cell to actually show up. But if I search for CSW, you can see that it actually searches for this bookmark and titles it and it opens it if I want to in a new tab. The funding years also that I can search for anything in the title. So if my title, for example, it's brand building, it also finds that so in general this search for bookmarks is very helpful and it is very useful because you can set up all kinds of bookmarks. One thing that I, for example, would do is the things that I do a lot. So, for example, if you have a podcast and you upload new episodes every now and then or you want to open the statistics off the Google Analytics account, those things can all be bookmarked. And if you make nice, short keywords at the beginning, confined those very easily with Alfred, and it can use the Web bookmarks to do so. From here on, we're going to dive into the calculations feature of offered away from the browsers, away from the bookmarks and just to the math. 11. Features / Calculator: by default offered offers a very nice calculator inside of the offered search. So if you just open, offer it and you enter any number combination and you want to do some kind of calculation, then you can just do those things. It is very simple, and it's right there. It's super useful, and the fun thing here is if you hit enter it actually copies the result. So this brings your result into the clipboard, and you can use it wherever you want to make more in depth calculations. You can also have the equal sign, and then you will find that the regulator actually supports more things. So one example would be you can do a sin off 90 which is 0.89 something, and then you can calculate that times two. So this is really powerful. You can also use the lock off to to like doom or things like this is really, really cool. And you can see down here what kind of functionality it actually supports. And if you use a lot of math and also use a lot of math on the go, this might be something that is really powerful. Same thing applies, if you could enter, the result is actually in the clipboard history like So Now the interesting thing here is that depending on where you live and how you work with numbers, you can actually decide which setting you want to use for the comma or the semi colon or the decimal point. The interesting thing about these two is that you can actually make a decision whether or not you want to do those things for the input or the output. So if you want, for example, the output always with Kama as a decimal separator, you can set that, and you can set the input with a decimal point and comma as a decimal separator so that it understands both ways. This actually is something that is quite interesting because it is more powerful. Teoh be able to use numbers from wherever they're coming from, whether they have a comma or a decimal point. It's really useful to maybe set that, and it's something that I might be starting to use. So lastly, I said this one to the Mac OS default, so it's always standardized. The calculator inside of Alfred is a really need future and it is something that is quite powerful. If you want to use the more powerful calculations with the sin round and all these other functionalities. And of course, the copying off. The result is something that I use a lot because it comes just like that into other ways. If I want to send an email with a cost, that is the sum total or something like that. I could just do that very simply by calculating these things and something I do a lot is that I calculate percentages. So, for example, I won 5% off something, or so I just do those calculations, like so and in this case that say, 2020 and 5% of that would be one. I think the calculator an elf. It is a really nice and powerful feature. It's something that kind of hides away, and it just becomes useful whenever you need it. 12. Features / Dictionary: Now, after we've talked about the calculator, we're going to look into the dictionary. Honestly, the dictionary is probably one of the features that I use the least one of the reasons why I think that icis, because we have Google and Google pretty much does all of these things very, very simply, and by just searching for the word on Google, I would get the definition, and I also get the spelling correction. Google is probably one of those search engines that guess use a lot for other things than just search. In my case, a use Google search a lot for translating things. I use it a lot for having spell corrections. So if I don't just type a word and I sent it into Google, it will tell me, did you mean and stuff like that? But if you don't have Internet all the time or you don't want to use Google for these things and you want to use the internal dictionary from Mac OS, you can actually just type, define or spell. So let's bail spell Hello with one l. It would tell me hello would be with two l, and also the same would be if I write life or like love and it would tell me, Okay, life is this one, And love is this one. And now, if I had injured on any off these words, it actually would just copy the word into the clipboard history so I can paste it wherever I need it. One of the ways that you can also use this is with this paste on word action. So if you open a text editor and I would, for example, half, uh I type love the with the wrong f I copy it. I opened this and I say spell. And then I have this and I say, OK, love and it enter. It would ultimately replace what I just selected. If I just do the same thing again and I enter now, it would inserted. So if I don't select something and do the action that it would insert, if I have something selected, it would actually overwrite. I think that's a nice way to count. Like, be a little bit quicker, not have to copy and paste things and stuff like that. But if you just want to copy it, you can also just do that. So if you just have paced onward action deactivated, the other thing that you can do is defined, for example, love. Then you can open the definition off it. So now the dictionary off Mac OS would open, and it would actually show me the definition off this and obviously can also go into the different ways off translations that are available from the dictionary here again, something that I don't really use that much. It's also something that you can again remap, for example, can just say d for define or ask for spell. That might be something that is really helpful if you use a lot to not have to type it all the way. So now that we have talked about the dictionary, we're going over to the contact. 13. Features / Contacts: As you can see on the screen, the contact are actually a mostly power pack feature. However, you can already search for your contacts in the default search. So, for example, if I were to search for my own name Chris Spiegel, and this way I can actually find my contact info as it is stored in the contacts app. And if I had enter it actually opens the contact up and shows me that info the power pack version off. This is much more powerful. You can see the details you can copy and email address or phone number and stuff like that , which makes it a little more appealing. But it is already something that is a little bit nicer in the free version, because you don't have to open the contacts up and then search for your contact. You can just search for the contact right away. 14. Features / System Commands: now from here, we're actually jumping a couple of thes settings because the clipboard, the snippets, the iTunes player and the one password are all things that are only available in the power pack. The other thing that's only available in the power pack is a terminal and shell. But what we want to talk about now is the system's commands. This is actually quite nice and useful. However, I do disable a lot of them. This is actually really nice and helpful because you can do all kinds of system commands with a couple of key strokes. For example, you can show the trash by just entering trash. You can also log out, or you can make the computer sleep or just the display sleep. You can also restart your computer. You can shut down and all kinds of other things. Personally, my settings here are as follows. I deactivate volume up and volume down because that's way too many words to actually make sense to type. I don't need mute because all of those things are already on the keyboard. I never really use the show trash or empty trash. I just do those on the trash can and also these down here the height quit force, quit and quit. All either really use those, either because they are already keyboard workers, like Come on, cue command W and command H. I don't really want to use those many, but what I use a lot is thes others that are up here. I usually shut down and restart my computer with elephant. I never really go into the apple menu and click the shutdown button or something like that . I just use these system commands. The other thing that is really nice here is that you can eject mounted volumes, and with this inject, you can just eject, eject. And of course, right now there's no local volumes available. But you can see here there's all kinds of settings again. Removal media would be promote anything local mounted volumes would be. Anything that's not a server. Volume and mounts in volumes is something that would include everything that is mounted into the Volumes folder. I usually have it at local mounted volumes and then down here. But you also have is a eject. All this is something that is very powerful, especially if you're Mac is a portable Mac, for example, a MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air, and you have something as an external hard drive. You just want to inject whatever is in there. In this case, you can make a blacklist off things that you don't want to eject. For example, if you use Google dry file stream, you have a mounted drive, which is Google Drive fall stream. But it's actually mounted through the Web, and it's not a local drive, but you can add it here by just dragging and dropping that file or like that Dr in this blacklist, or you can hit enter and you can name the volume names so you don't want to eject that volume when you eject all. I actually used that setting a lot with this little tiny SSD drive because it is valid. Crow and I actually Valcke wrote to the back of my computer, and then I plug it in, and what that means is that I don't actually want to eject it when I want to reject everything, because this just stays on my computer whenever I need and it won. I wanted not to be ejected, but on the other hand, if 1/2 bigger drives. For example, a 3.5 inch a couple terabytes drive for backup storage or something like that. I want to eject all of those so I can carry away my computer from my desk with the safety that everything is ejected. So these are the system commands. You can make your own choices again. You can obviously shorten the shortcuts. You can also make them confirm. So, for example, if I say sleep and hit enter, it would actually asked me if I want to do that And obviously I don't want to do that right now because it wouldn't be that great for the screen cast. But these system commands can be really helpful and just a little nice gimmick somewhere in between that you don't have to use the mouse to restart your computer, for example. Now let's go into the last Menu point, which is the large type 15. Features / Large Type: this large typesetting is something that I love to do whenever I have to tell someone a phone number or they want to write something off my screen. It's quite simple, because what you can do here is you can write whatever you want. Hello. My name is Chris, and then you can enter Command L. And it would show up on the screen in large type, which kind of makes sense based on the name. Right now, the settings that you have here are a couple. This is, for example, you can say fill the screen, which is what I want it to do, usually because this is what it looks like. It just feels the whole screen makes everything dark and just writes the name. This is exactly what I use it as. And then you can make auto hide all Fred, and you can also make it appear on whatever screen the mouse's. I like to use the auto height because that means that offered itself gets hidden and it's not obstructing the background. And I also like to use the system font because I love how San Francisco looks and just the default is nice. What you can do is you can also change this. For example, if you want to use what's a nice formed Georgia, you could use that, for example, and then everything would be looking like this. Like I said, I prefer the system fund, and that's pretty much it with this feature. If you have other things, like if a search for a nap, lic ation and I should say, Come on L it usually just shows the search term itself in the power pack. You can do a little bit more with large type because you can, for example, going to a contact and large type. The contact details off that context. So the phone number or the email address so that someone else can type it off or check if it's correct, or something like that. If you are in the calculator, you can actually do the same thing, and it would show the search result. If you don't want to search result, be highlighted, but you instead want the search term itself. You would have to do command option or command Ault and L. And then it would actually show what you were searching for. With that were actually at the end of the feature setting of offered. And in the free version, this is pretty much all you get. But I'm going to talk a little more about the appearance and how you can make the interface a little more minimalistic and also about some of the advanced settings as well as the remote. And stay tuned to also learn a little more about the different features that are available in the power pack, like the snippets and the clipboard, which are totally worth it. So I will see you in the next coming segments about the appearance. 16. Appearance — Dark and Minimal: so after we've talked about all the features. Now let's make offered a little prettier. I personally prefer my designs, very minimalistic and very nicely looking and also in the dark theme, as you might have guessed, biased on the dark menu bar. As you see on the screen, you have a couple of choices here in terms of the design off the Alford search. So you could, for example, choose offer a dark with this little, um, turquoise color. There's also this classic, which is from the classic version of Alfred Alfred Mac OS, which is a very nice and simple design. Then we have dark, which is just the back version off that frosty steel, which is a little translucent. And then you also have the note paid style, which I don't know, who would want to choose that out of their own free will. I personally would go for the offered Mac OS dark theme. In the paid version. The power pack can actually add new themes, and you can also create your own. For example, you can change the funds. You can change the font sizing. You can change the colors and all of those things But in the free version, you have the Mac OS Stark theme, which, in my personal opinion looks pretty decent. And it is something that I would choose if I were on the free version. On the paid version. You have a whole host of different themes to choose from. You can Dublin Kate thes themes and create your own. But you had also websites and the forum, where other people are providing different kinds of themes, which you can choose from s well. But this is not where we're done yet. There's also this little tiny button down here to the left, which is the options. But and if you click there, you have a little more settings available, and the first things that I would do here, as always, is height that hat in the offered window menu and also hide the menu bar. I can I prefer to keep the results shortcuts, because if I want to make those invisible and I, for example, search for this Alfred image again, as you can see, I would have to pretty much guess which one is number nine or eight or whatever. So I like those shortcuts to be visible. As you can see now there's like 123456 and that's really helpful. Then we can also make this mawr selected. So, for example, if you want to have this, then you would only see the lower text stuff. I personally prefer to actually have those visible. Always, because is helpful to know the file path, for example, for files or more details for other search results, I prefer to have as many search results as I can visible in this case. Nine is the maximum to show an indicator when there's more. Rose obviously makes also sense. And to auto highlight. The top result is something that I definitely want, because I want to just hit, enter and be able to go there straight away. Then we have the focusing mode, which is basically standard mode, always. Instead, unless you're using a lot of Java applications or something like that, apparently those can remap the behavior, so you might want to use compatibility mood in that case. But I use standard mode and it works fine all the time. The other thing on the right hand side here is where do you want to have all fit In my personal opinion, I would want it in the center and not completely at the top, but one step down. So this is where it shows up. Then you could also put it all the way to the top. But I actually have to say that I prefer to have a little bit of a different distance to the upper screen corner. You can also move around this window, so if you drag and drop this window in the corners, you can actually put it somewhere else. But what you can do like what would happen, is if I close it and reopen it, it goes back to the center. But what I can also do is I can say safe position when dragging the main window. So I would click this button and then I open. Alfred and I take this window in a dragon, for example here, and I leave it there. I close it and open it again. It would show up in that corner again. However, as you can see, it is relative because it jumps to certain snippet area. So this closed open becomes that if I do it here, it becomes this. So if I kind of like it remembers the position sort off, it jumps to a certain grid that is presented here on the screen. And, as I said, I personally just preferred right there in the center, right there at the top show Outfit on is also an interesting setting. It's where you mouse's, which this the active screen. So which is the selected screen? This setting with a default green is the one that I prefer personally, because if you go and you go into the display settings, for example, and you have an external monitor like I half, then you can see here that you can move the menu bar around, and this is the currently selected screen. So if I were to move this menu bar to the other screen, then the other screen would be the default screen. But I want to keep it there and just be on the screen that it's my default. So that's close this again and keep it asked default. So these are the free settings that you can make on the appearance side of things in the Alfred Window. If you again half the power pack you have a little more freedom in terms of what you can do with a design and the settings here. However, I have to say that the dark theme is already a really powerful and it probably is enough for most everybody. But it's a nice to have to be able to even more freely customized this window in the paid version. Now let's go and have a look at the advanced settings for Alfred. 17. Advanced Tweaking: on the advanced settings. I honestly have to say there's not much to do except for two settings that I like to adjust or use. Ah, a couple of things that I want to talk about is that if you have any search problems, you can clear the application cash, and you can also rebuild the Mac OS metadata. This might be helpful if you have any struggles in searching for certain files or to kind of clear the cache and make it as fast as possible again by rebuilding it and maybe getting rid of some of the old stuff that's no longer need it. But it also can come like screw up your whole search results setting. So if you, for example, are used to things to being in the number one spot because you already used 100 times, then this might actually change that. Then you also have this history area. This is the one that I mentioned earlier. If you have this set up to store type queries, then you can actually use the up and down arrows to go back in the search results or like to go back in the search queries and up to 20 and you can also choose to only remember that within the five minutes I personally just store the whole type query for as long as it's there. The top search result. Keyword, latching. This is the setting that I mentioned before. You want to have things that are important to you at the top, so if you use them a lot, Alfred will learn that, and you can clear the knowledge for that. And you can start from scratch, basically. But it is something that I keep activated because it makes a lot of sense for Alfa to show me those things at the number one spot that I use a lot. And so b'more efficient notifications are by default, shown with the standard Mac OS notification system. If you have to know, disturb enabled than those notification obviously will not show up. But these are just a couple of very minutia settings that you can make you can say remove when clicked or not, and stuff like that. But that's not something I'm usually worried about. Network. If use proxies, you might want to set this up then this hockey thing is only important if you have the power pack, but on the right hand side here, we actually have a setting that I tend to change by default. This shows an empty selection, but if you use two different keyboards styles, for example, an American for international stuff and a German, in my case to use when you write long tanks with the special characters off whatever language you're typing, you might have set up two different keyboards in your system settings. So Alfred gives you the option to actually force one of those keyboards. And that's something that I find really powerful because I prefer to have offered dependable and reliable just be the US keyboard and not switch around between the two keyboards that I might be using in any given time. So that's what I said it to, but it's forced to the U. S. Keyboard. You can also change those modifier keys, but it's really much easier to just remember them and once and just leave them, asked the default. And then there's the sink setting, which is only available for power pack users. But it actually is really helpful to be able to use multiple max with same settings as I've mentioned in the beginning of this class, you will miss Alfred immediately when it's not there, and you actually have gotten to know on it for another system. So if you're used to Max, let's say you have an I Mac, and you have a Mac book pro or a Mac book air or whatever you have. So this actually gives you the setting to synchronize the settings through Google Drive or Dropbox or any other cloud drive provider to actually be able to use those settings on two different computers. And you can go through the process that has mentioned down here again. This is only a feature that's available in the power pack, but it is very powerful if you have multiple computers, and that's something that you want to be using and with that were already done with the advanced features. And let's look a little bit in the remote 18. Alfred iOS Remote: So now we're on the remote screen. And to be honest, this is not worth the money. There's a remote application in the Iose App store, which is around five U. S. Dollars a colleague ghost, depending on your currency. What you can do here is you have different system commands that you can set up, and you can also open preferences. Use your bookmarks and stuff like that. Basically, what they offer here is that on your iPhone or iPad, you can do certain aspects off your max control. So, for example, you can system control. You can make it sleep empty the trash and stuff like that. And this screen here. It's basically what you see on your IOS device. If you have this application installed, the only problem that I have with it is that it's not really asked. Customizable as I've wished it would be. This feature is a little more powerful if they have the power pack, because actually, you can run scripts and also you can run terminal commands, workflow triggers as well, asked the clipboard snippets and also dispatch key combos so you can actually dispatch a keyboard shortcut from your IOS device. but in general, this could be so much more powerful if it were, for example, featuring a remote keyboard in a remote touch pad as well. But at the moment, it is just triggering. Application launches, keyboard shortcuts in the power pack feature opening bookmarks, folders and preferences. And honestly, it's, in my opinion, not worth the $5 extra. If you have the power pack, this might be a different story, but unless you are on that path to half the power pack, this is definitely not something that I would recommend. It's nice to have if you if you really want to do that. Maurin. If you use that, if you use your IOS device like that, ah lot, I don't. And so I am not using this from here. Let's dive in the last closing off the different settings that are available in the free version 19. Powerpack, Usage, Help, and Updates: Now we've talked about the left hand side off the menu, and now we have the right hand side off the menu, which starts with a power pack activation screen. Again, this is something where you can either by the bower back. You can upgrade if you have a version two and you can activate your power pack if you have a license and you can just enter it right there, this is obviously not really that helpful. So it's just something to kind of use. If you want to buy the power pack and again in the next few segments, I'm actually going to talk about all the things that are possible with the power pack and whether or not that might make sense for you. So this is all that I have to say about this screen, the use of screen. I already talked about a little bit. This screen just tells you how much you used Alfred in the past. What kind of actions you did. For example, You see, I do a lot of hot keys. I never used the remote. I don't use iTunes. I do a couple of actions. Navigation is something that I use. The clipboard is something I use in bigger ways. And then I had off the expansions and the general stuff. You can also tweet your usage to other people if you chose to do so, and it's just a little fun to kind of know how, how much of an impact this application has made in your life. And also, if you have used the free version, for example, you can see how many interactions you have had with this And then maybe based on that, you can decide whether or not to do the upgrade to the power pack. The last two things are the help screen. This is actually just being helpful so you can go through the forum. You can report a Bach, or you can email them at info at Alfred app dot com. So you get help for private issues and stuff like that, and the last one is the update screen, which is usually where you can get the updates from and you can see what changed in the last few versions. And I find that actually quite nice that you can go through and learn a little bit because it is such a application that is so packed with different kinds of features in different areas that it is quite helpful to understand what they updated to kind like. See if you might have a new feature available that you can get used to and stuff like that . This change look actually includes the power pack Onley features as well as the free futures so they don't differentiate between that. So you might notice a update for a feature that you are actually not able to use if you are only on the free version. If you're using offered and it has an update available and you open Alfred, it sometimes shows a little drop down here so you can just click that to restart and installed the update. Other than that, it's just a very simple just going to the updates green and click the button that's available usually at the top right here. You can also choose whether or not it should automatically check and if you want to be included in the pre release. So if I were to choose that, for example, then you see the pre release updates available here as well. But as you can see, apparently I'm on the most recent prerelease built already, so that's nice 20. Free Alfred Overview Closing: I hope this gave you a nice overview of all the features that are available in the free version of Alfred. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the community section off this class, and I'm making sure to answer to those questions as well. And also, please stay tuned for the last few videos on the segment about the Power Pack features because, honestly, my personal feeling when I went through these settings and preparing this class and using Alfred without the power pack for a couple of days, I have to say that it is a limitation in what's possible. Again, I'm not affiliated with the creators of Alfred, and I'm not making any commission on sales on the Power pack. It's just something I'm really passionate about, and it is definitely something that over a longer period of time is extremely valuable. If this overview was helpful for you, please review this class and give me a thumbs up or rate this class and also leave some feedback for me so I might be able to make adjustments and also update this class. If you have any questions or feedback, please also used the community section to give me that feedback I'm looking forward to hearing from you. And now let's dive into the power pack features to give you a little bit of an overview off what's possible if you choose to make that upgrade, and I think it's definitely worth it. 21. Alfred Powerpack Overview: so, as you probably know at this point, the power pack is actually what brings the power to Alfred asked, the name suggests. And there's a couple of things that are incredibly powerful in this, And what makes the whole power peg worth the upgrade price is that the feature sets that are included in the power pack are usually separate applications in themselves. For example, the clipboard history is an application that usually you might be able to find elsewhere. You might actually be able to find free versions or alternatives, but I found that the alternatives cost around $10 each. So if you want to just use that off course, you can go ahead and run another application in the background. But with Alfred, you're already running one application, and if you just get the things like Clipper history, you get snippets and text expansion. You're gonna iTunes controller and stuff like that. Those features are all packed into one run time, and that means you don't have to run multiple programs at the same time on your computer in the background. So you're actually using this CPU power as well again text expansion and Clipper history both of those are usually around 10 bucks each. And if you go with a more advanced text expansion, it can go up to 36 bucks. I think last time I checked, in my opinion, that ability to have all of those things in one application is already worth the trouble to kind of be able to manage everything in one application, not having to run multiple at the same time, not having to synchronize multiple settings across multiple computers and stuff like that. And, of course, there's other features, like the work flows, which again make the application worth it even more. I want to mention again. I'm not affiliated with the creators off Alfred and also this class, or like this end segment off the class, will only give you an overview off what's possible with the power pack instead of going into detail, which is a class by itself. And then there's another class that I'm working on, which is specifically about the workflow side of things, because that area in itself is incredibly vast and broad. You can do so many things with work flows, and that's why I'm going to dedicate its own class for that. But let me give you a little of a peak. What it looks like if you have the Alfred Power back. 22. Powerpack / Features Overview: first, we start where we started before as well, because the features page, as you know, already has a lot of upgrades that are only available. If you have the power pack in this first screen, for example, you have to set up fall back search where you can actually change which ones are available . In this case, we have to Google search the Amazon and the Wikipedia. You can add more searches based on the settings that you have set up in the Web searches, for example to display. If you have a fall back where it means there's nothing else that is found and you can just fall back onto one of those search results. It's not really something that I use a hell a lot. It's definitely something that might be useful if you want to replace this default, search the Google search, for example. You want to replace that with Dr Go or something similar, that something that you can use this for. But in general, it's just a very simple, basic setting that gets added. The bigger changes come if you go into the file search 23. Powerpack / File Search: the file search is actually one of the areas that gets a lot of upgrades through the power pack, the basic settings here on the screen. They don't really change that much. But as you probably remember, the navigation and buffer features were completely blacked out in the future off the free version. So in this case, we can do a lot more with file search. For example, I can hit this shortcut, which is new for the navigation stuff. The fuzzy matching is nice and all that, but the previous path thinking, if I just open that it opens a folder that I navigated before, So this can actually be really, really nice and helpful where you can just use the delete key to go up one folder, you can use thean turkey to go into the folder, and then you can use the enter key to select one of these files, for example, that say, I want to do something with this picture. I click enter and it would open. Now what I can do a swell is that I can use these keys here to like the settings to change how this behaves so I can say I want to use their left and right arrow p. And if I had enter, I actually want to open the folders in the finder. So if I opened this navigation thing again now, if it go left and right, I can navigate into the folder and outside of the folder, and I can also hit Enter, and it would open the file. Now those are already quite nice and useful. However, there's one thing that I do hear that may be different to how other people use it. The previous path shortcut is something I never really used, so I just delete that I select this field and I hit the delete key. There's no shortcut anymore. And then I have this actions window here, which shows a lot of file actions that I can do with certain things. The reason why I don't use the previous path. It's because I just searched the past like this. So test folder and hit Enter it opens, right? But what would happen if I searched the folder and then I hit this different key, which is the file selection key, which usually is not this one. It's just that I have one password installed. And that's the same shortcut, which would be command option and then the backslash or like the this different kind of slash. Now I'm going to re map that to command option and the normal slash. So now if I open the folder like so I can navigate into it, I can also have the file selected, and then I can click the combination again, Command option and slash. And then I'm on this action screen. The cool thing about this actual screen is that I can reveal the file in the folder I can also open with so I can choose from the many applications and 1/2. For example, I want to do an HDR editor with something I could open Aurora and half that right there. I can also go back to the files and email the file. This uses the mail functionality from Mac OS, so it if you don't use the Mac OS email client than that, might not work. But the other powerful things is. Copy the path to clipboard. Open the file in the terminal, or, like open the terminal in the folder where you are and reveal the file Now there's one more very, very cool thing here that I actually and honestly don't use that much. But it's called the buffer. The buffer basically means that if you select a file on the screen like so, for example, I have this Well, first the action screen. You can also bring it up by just selecting something in the finder, and you hit command Ault and then do the same thing. And what I just found out is that there's actually a way to set this to just double the command. Ah, buttons. So, for example, if you're in Finder and your double command so it actually open this actions menu from Alfred by just double clicking the command or like double tapping that command key when you can do here is you can again browse in Alfred. And here there's something called the Buffer and the buffer is really nice and neat because you can select multiple files in this case. For example, I have two files here, and I want to say like both of them, to move them to a different location. So what I can do is I click up and I can click option and up with the first file and then click option it up with the second file. And as you can see, both of these files are now added to this buffer up here. What I can do there is I can either option and delete, which would clear all of the selections or what I can also do with with ALD or option and back. I can remove the last selected file. But what I want to do is I want to move those files both to desktop without being in a folder. So now I have selected both with option and arrow down which arrow down would select the file and then move to the next file. And if I just do arrow up, it would push it up into the buffer. Basically, now what I can do with option and the right arrow, it actually would show. OK, there's two files selected. You can see the files right here and then I can do some things with them. I can open them, I can email them, I can move them. I can delete them. So all very nice things. I want to move them to the desktop. So What I'm doing here is I search for the desktop and I click enter. And as you can see in the Finder here and also on the desktop, the files were actually moved to the main screen. So once these files are moved, it all is back to normal. So this is a really neat feature, and it's one of those features that I mentioned before. It's really hard to grasp and get your bearings around that stuff. And, yeah, it's just It's just crazy how much you can do with this power pack feature if you get to know all the ins and outs. But this is basically it. With this overview, the file search gets a lot of added bonus if you learn how to use all of these different actions and screens and stuff like that. 24. Powerpack / Web Search: now on to the Web search. The Web search still uses the same system. You can still do the same things, but you also get a Euro history, which is quite useful because, as I mentioned before, you now can search for things that you've used in the past. For example, if I were to search for a splash, I get all the different photos that I've searched on on splash or used through Alfred on on Splash. So I copy and paste a link from somewhere, hit it into Alfred and just hit, injure. It, opens the browser, and it remembers that you're else. So I confined it again if I choose to do so. This is a little nice feature that adds to the compatibility with your elves and Alfred, and you can open things very nicely and very easily. 25. Powerpack / Contacts: then I've mentioned before. The contacts get a big upgrade because now what you can do is you also. Not only can you search for context, you can also with the right arrow. No. With the enter key, you can open a contact and then you can see their details and you can copy them. So, as you can see in the lower parts off the window, you can actually see what you can do with these different things. For example, if you hit enter on the home page, it opens the euro. If you want a large type, it you can do. Come on L and it would be on the screen in large type. And if you want to copy it, you could do Command Z now the same thing with a phone number and all and so on so you can do a lot of things here, and you can also email an address. And like many things, it's really, really useful to just navigate context without having to open them at all. The email feature something I don't really use. I jump into my email program and then do my emails there. And then there's all kinds of custom abilities that you can do a swell 26. Powerpack / Clipboard History: from the context, we're going straight into the clipboard history. This is honestly one of the most amazing features off Alfred and I think almost by itself worth the money. What you can do here is basically you can search through everything that you've copied while Alfred was open and it gives you a history off all of those things. So if you enter the viewer hot key, which is by default command options, see, you will see the screen right here. And based on what you copied last, it will actually just be that list. You will have all the things available right there and just in the good fashion off what Alfred can do. You can also search for things so ascendant. For example, you get that surgery if now you either come on sea or you enter like hit enter. This is again in your clipboard history, and you can use it wherever you want. This is amazingly helpful. And it is really, really cool to use that when you want to copy and paste stuff left and right. And you also remember that you copied something recently and you don't have to go back to where you got it from? You can just use the Clipper history to get it right there really quickly. A couple very basic feature or settings here is that I keep make plain tax in three months storage. I keep my images and files in 24 hours because that again is something that increases the size of the Clipper history a lot. If you add those all in there. Ah, lot of the other features. I want to go into detail in the other class, but this s mentioned is incredibly powerful feature to speed up your workflow in general. 27. Powerpack / Snippets: from the clipboard, we jump into the snippets which are kind of like integrated into each other, the snippets, our text expansions. So if you, for example, have a text file open in this case, I have a test snippets set up, which is a exclamation point T and then whatever, keyword and then a space. So with that, I also have the automatically expand snippet, keyword accepted. And then I can just do exclamation point t w space. And as you see, it automatically expands to the snippet that is right there. You can also go into the clipboard history and you go into the all snippets and you have those snippets available there as well. I personally used that a lot with my personal email address. So, for example, I do something like CSW or my phone number CSP and stuff like that. And also, if you go into these settings and likes, look what you can do with snippets and they're replaceable, you can actually do stuff like the time in the air. You can have arithmetic. So you have one hour ago are too much in 10 years and stuff like that and also used the clipboard history in that. So you copy two things, you use a snippet, and both of those things are integrated into that snippet. This is again something. I'm going to go into more details in the other class about this topic, but this tool by itself. There's others out there, for example, a text. There's also text expander and stuff like that. Those are amazing as well, but their cost money extra and also they have to run in the background. So with all of this inside of Alfred, you have a lot of functionality, right? Built and And it's super, super simple to use. And there's practically those things are just a no brainer, and they're so helpful. 28. Powerpack / iTunes Mini Player: from the snippets we go over to the iTunes settings, the iTunes mini player that you can activate with Alfred is really helpful. If you are an iTunes enthusiast, you have a huge library or you are a subscriber to the iTunes Library of the Music Library and the Apple Music. Here you basically have a mini player that you can open. And then, with a couple of key words, you can play different albums, playlists and stuff like that. You can switch to the next song and things like that. It's really kind of neat if you are a iTunes user. If you're a Spotify user, for example, there's also a workflow that can do a similar thing, but it's custom developed by a user off offered. And that's something that you can use as well. Because with the power pack also comes, the work flows, so that's an option if you are a Spotify user. But if your iTunes user it's all integrated, they have it right there, and it is quite handy 29. Powerpack / 1Password: then we have the one password integration. If you enable this and use one password as your mind and default password manager, you actually are able to do something which is basically just enter one P. And then, let's say Google, And then it would show you those passwords that are matching that pass phrase and you could enter and it automatically opens that website, and it interest that data into the Web site so you can just log in very easily if you use both of these applications there really nicely integrated into each other. But if you use a different password manager, I'm not sure if that also integrated. Or if you have to hand off, for example, a workflow to do something similar with one passport, it's trust right there. 30. Powerpack / Terminal: then we have the last one in the future settings area, which is the terminal and show. What you can do here is, for example, you can run a command and it's just going to be run in the home directory. For example, if I'm going to run a LS, it opens up the terminal and it does the LS common right there. There's also the ability to ah, half different terminals in here. For example, you can use I term, too. That's a setting that you have to do with the custom. And there's a script on some website, and I'm going to go into more detail about this kind of stuff with the master class about the power pack. But this is all for the features in Alfred, and I think there's a whole lot of powerful ones, especially the clipboard and the snippets. Those two are no brainers for me. They make the power pack worth it by themselves, but we're also going to go over the work flows for a little bit, and I give you a little bit of a bearing off what that can actually look like 31. Powerpack / Workflows: Now we're onto one of the most powerful features in all of Alfred, which are the work flows. The work flows are basically automation features where you can program and you can do all kinds of inputs so you can use keywords. You can use shortcuts, you can use file actions and more. You can even integrate with the remote app that I mentioned before and that Mike's the remote app actually a little bit more useful then it is. Without this, I have opened one simple to do list. Example. Here. This is one that comes with Alfred by default in the example section here to learn how to work with a work flows in this case, What you can see here is that practically without any programming, someone has created a workflow where you can add a to do list all within offered without the need to leave that application. And it stores the deduce in files and actually manage us them there. The other things that are possible here if you go into the suggestions, for example, is Google suggestions. If I opened this, for example, this workflow gives you in line results for Google helping you find what you want quicker. So one example is if I now open this, I go G and then I search for Alfred and it actually would suggest what the search results would show up on Google itself. And that is all achieved by using this little bit of code right here. The features that are possible with work flows are incredibly vast, and there's a whole library on Pakal dot com. And there you can use all kinds off features and all kinds of work flows that other people have created as well as the forum has a lot of those two. This is something that will be its own class on skates share soon. And I'm going to go into more details in terms of like how I create my own shortcuts and what I use my shortcuts for hem, how I manage them and which ones I use from others on a daily basis to make my life easier . This, honestly, is an automation genius thing. Like it's it's so powerful you can do so many things with it, and I just love it and l f mentioned. I will go into more detail if you want to learn a little more about the workflow and what they can do for you. You can have a look on my YouTube channel. There I have a video where I talk about my most used work flows in Alfred. Some of those are time convert times on conversion. It's a currency conversion. It's HTML color conversions between different things. And by this point, I actually have a lot more self programmed once where I can do certain file trans first, where I can automatically make a file from one type to another and convert them between each other. And I also do a lot of things like opening in specific applications, that I use a lot with the open with in the file actions, for example. So there's a lot you can do here, and it's way too much to go into details about this right here. And that's why I'm going to create its own class just about thes work flows 32. Powerpack / Appearance: now to the design in appearance. Tap what I had talked about earlier. When you are using the Alfred version that is for free, you can just use the ones that are here what you can do. If you have the power pack, you can. Actually Dublin Kate a theme and for example, let's name it Spiegel I owe, and it's by Chris and I safe that. And then I have my own version off this. And as you can see, I have theme and funds and I can change them. So now if I go here, for example, as you can see their assault text, it's showing that in the lower part of the screen, the result tax this system drag up and down for change. So if I hold this and I go up and down, you can see I'm actually changing between the different funds that are available. I am. I personally think that it's not necessarily the best way to switch through funds, but it also not the worst, because you actually can see them straightaway. They also right click, and you can just change them like that. So in this case, for example, let's change this to system light and this to the normal System fund and so you can make those adjustments one by one. It's really powerful. It's really nice. You can also do the same thing with funds. So you can, for example, go here and you can make this red tone. Let's see if that works. There you go and just make all kinds of adjustments to get something crazy looking. It also has the capacity so you can make it transparent and choose what you want to look. You want that to look like. It's really nice to be able to completely customize this design. And there's also on Paco as well as the forum, different designs that you can choose from that others have created. It's really neat feature to make this a little more your own and design it however you want . Obviously, this is not really a design that I want to keep, so I'm just gonna delete it because it looks hideous and I'm going to go back to the offered black and what are offered dark theme 33. Powerpack / Advanced: the advanced features feature the synchronization, so that's possible. With this, it's really nice that you can synchronize between different computers and with the power pack that becomes an availability as well. 34. Closing this Class: Now that we have a rap with everything that the power Pack has to offer as well, I hope you have a better understanding at what this can bring to you. If you choose to do that upgrade again. I want to stress this point. I'm not affiliated with the creators off Alfred. I'm just a user that loves the application and wants to share that information with you. I hope not only did you understand what the Power Pack has to offer, but also what you can already do in the free version. There's a lot of things that you can accomplish with a free version where you can do the Web searches, you can have the access to your bookmarks. You can just enter your L and open it in your browser or just file. Search in itself is already incredibly powerful, especially if you want to do special things like searching inside of files or justify all names and then off course. The standard one is the launching applications by just hitting command space and typing the name off the application. You don't have to clutter your doc to put all of your applications in there. You can just do that with Alfred, and it's so much faster than with spotlight. At least that's my personal experience. I am in the process of creating more classes like this about Alfred, but also about other things. So please subscribe to this profile on skates share. So you are notified whenever I launch a new class around productivity or whatever comes my way. If you have any feedback, please feel free to either used the community section or used the feedback section to write a review and give me a rating about this class. I would greatly appreciate that and hope that you liked it and leave a positive one. But if that's not the case, please feel free to give me feedback so I can improve this class and also improve my future classes based on that. So with that being said, I hope you have a lot of fun with Alfred, and this was helpful. I have one more video for you, where you can learn a little more where you can find stuff about me and what I create on a daily basis where Alfred always helps me to do the job. So let's jump right into that last video 35. About Me: before you go, I would like to introduce a couple of places where you can find out more about me and also learn a little about what I do on a daily basis. My name is Chris Spiegel, and my website is chris spiegel dot com. I run a podcast YouTube channel. I'm on instagram, and also I'm a programmer at heart that does all kinds of little creations here and there. Sometimes that's even offered work flows. Now I am a creator at heart. I do photos, I do videos, and I do programming those air the domains that I am mainly focused on, maybe sometimes even a podcast. I have over 200 videos on my YouTube channel, which you can find on chris spiegel dot com slash YouTube, Or you just go to the website itself and you will find that information. They're swell. It's simply click there. You can also find what gear I use, my consulting work as well as the podcast and articles. If I right, some, those are all stored on my website and you can go there to learn more. 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I'm here for all of those things, and I'm looking forward to connect with anyone who is excited to get something out there as well. This is for the doers. The people that are excited about something that want to accomplish Maurin their lives and create every single day and make something out of life that is better than what it was yesterday. With all of these things being said, I hope this was a helpful class for you. I'm looking forward to your feedback and I will see you in my next class. Bye bye. And until next time, so