Screen Shot 2015-03-15 at 2.51.19 PMSpotlight, and all of the subtle ways it can be controlled,  has to be the single most useful feature of the Mac operating system.   Once you begin using the Command Space keyboard shortcut, it will probably instantly become your favorite Screen Shot 2015-03-15 at 2.51.42 PMOS tool.  (There are several other awesome keyboard shortcuts for use with Spotlight/Alfred here).

I tried using Alfred a couple of years ago, but didn’t really understand what the point was.  It didn’t seem to do <em>much</em> more than Spotlight.

My workflows (I created the two without logos!)

My workflows (I created the two without logos!)

Theeeeeen I discovered two things:

1.)  Alfred learns (Spotlight, as far as I know, does not–your frequently used files will always show up in the same place)

2.)  Workflows.  So far, I use these:

Open Gradebook with a keyboard shortcut.  This feature alone is worth the price of the PowerPack!

iMessages (by Jasper van der Meulen)

Evernote (by Carlos Alberto Sztoltz)

Temporarily puse (by me!)

Translation (by Florian Pellet)

Track your Package (Felipe Manoeli)


Other neat stuff:

  • “Lucky” command:  If I type “lucky mosquito walkalong glider”, Google will automatically take me to the first search resultScreen Shot 2015-03-15 at 2.55.34 PM
  • “Images” command: “image periodic table”, Google will take me straight to the images tab

Screen Shot 2015-03-15 at 2.56.16 PM

  • Clipboard archiving:  Your clipboard remembers!  No more, “oops, I just copied something to my clipboard, so now that other thing is gone forever”.Screen Shot 2015-03-15 at 2.54.32 PM