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  1. @ronfouchier If you open Alfred's File Troubleshooting tool under Help > Troubleshooting, and drag your new "app" shortcut, what file type is it?

     

    I'm not familiar with what it does, but knowing what file type it creates will help work out whether you can/should add it to your default results or create a file nickname workflow for it (see the "Adding keywords as nicknames" here: https://www.alfredapp.com/blog/tips-and-tricks/how-to-get-the-results-you-want-in-alfred-every-time/

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  2. @face Spotlight has various caches of its own, so it may be holding on to those files for now, but if the metadata is as empty as you've shown in your previous post, Spotlight doesn't know either whether your file is a document, a folder, an app or anything else.

     

    If you prefix your search in Alfred with the spacebar, you may find that those Gdocs are showing too as this is the broadest file search method. However, once you create a File Filter that specifies a file type, it won't find them, because the metadata doesn't contain any information to say when you've last opened it, what type it is, etc. 

     

    I would LOVE to give you a workaround and we've been bashing our heads against this for 4-5 years at least. If Google could allow the files to be stored locally, indexable like normal macOS files, everything else would be a smooth ride!

  3. @SimplyJimRiley Welcome to the forum, Jim :)

     

    Alfred's Snippets can be synced (along with most of your preferences) between your Macs, but Clipboard History is intentionally stored locally for data protection. For example, if you're copying important content at work all day, your employer would likely disapprove of this data being automatically synced to your home Mac.

     

    If you need items to be synced to your home Mac, you can pop up Clipboard History, choose the item you want to save, and press Cmd + S. This will open up snippets and allow you to save it as a snippet into a collection of your choice. You can create a collection for these types of items that may not need a keyword for text expansion but are useful snippets of text you'll want to use later.

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  4. 10 hours ago, Allfried said:

    Are Alfred devs reading here?

     

    I would trust @dfay's observations as much as my own, as he's a long time community member and very astute Alfred user :)

     

    If all you're trying to do is return the folder (app library) in search results, you could create a tiny workflow with a keyword connected to that folder, as I did in the "keywords as nicknames" header in this post:

    https://www.alfredapp.com/blog/tips-and-tricks/how-to-get-the-results-you-want-in-alfred-every-time/

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  5. @face This is much the same discussion as you and I had a few weeks ago in the thread below. Google Drive is not a standard file system, and while it may occasionally return results, it's not suitable for Spotlight to consistently and reliably index it.

     

    Spotlight may be holding on to a file cache at the moment, but when it refreshes its cache, it will encounter the same errors as Alfred, as you can see from the Troubleshooting logs that these files are not indexed; Neither macOS or Alfred will know what the file is, or anything about it. 

     

     

    It's really down to Google to make their Google Drive service reliably indexable in macOS first.

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  6. @ngocphamm Very odd issue, and I don't believe we've heard of this behaviour before.

     

    A few further questions:

    • Does this happen every time? Have you restarted your Mac since this happened?
    • Are you expanding your snippet in a specific app? If you expand in TextEdit (a basic, native app), what happens?
    • At what stage does Alfred seem to hang? You type your snippet keyword, and does it disappear? Does the snippet content appear?
    • What does your snippet contain? Is it a simple snippet, or a workflow?

    Next time this occurs, please open Activity Monitor, select Alfred and choose "Sample Process" and paste the output here. That will allow us to see what's happening at that moment in Alfred.

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  7. @derBingle Rather than manually go to the preferences to find your Snippets, just type "?snip" and press return to be taken directly to the Snippets preferences. :) 

     

    You can do this for any feature, and any workflow, etc in Alfred. You can also type "?keywords" for a list of your keywords or "?hotkeys" for a list of your hotkeys.

     

    More info on using the question mark trick here:

    https://www.alfredapp.com/blog/tips-and-tricks/search-alfred-question-mark-trick/

     

    Features are organised very intentionally by level of importance, grouping search related features (default search results, web searches, file search/actions) together, followed by built-in features like Bookmarks, Clipboard, Snippets, and onto simpler features like Calc and Dictionary, and finally third-party integration with 1Password and more minor preferences relating to System commands, Terminal, etc...

     

    Putting 1Password or Calculator above the primary Default Search results wouldn't make sense just for the sake of alphabetisation :) 

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

     

     

  8. Hi @rms1 Welcome to the forum :)

     

    We have had a number of reports where users who select the Dropbox/Apps/ folder for syncing have experienced odd behaviour (e.g. preferences not saving correctly). We believe this is due to this folder being reserved for applications using the Dropbox API (which Alfred doesn't use) and have not been able to resolve this with the help of the Dropbox team.


    As a result, we have excluded the Apps folder from the available syncing locations and do not recommend that you choose it as your sync folder.

     

    You can force using the folder, but if you choose to do this, you must ensure that you keep a regular backup:

    https://www.alfredapp.com/help/troubleshooting/dropbox-apps-folder/

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  9. @pazu This is a false positive; a web shell isn't even a relevant type of issue with the type of app that Alfred. We've reported this false positive to Bkav in the past, and they're completely unresponsive.

     

    Alfred is built and signed on a completely isolated machine, then both developer signed and notarised by Apple.  As a further assurance, always download Alfred from our website https://www.alfredapp.com and never from third-party websites.
     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  10. @jy364398 There are three ways to access your snippets;

     

    1. Text auto-expansion, which is the quickest and most efficient but requires that you remember your keyword

     

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    2. The Snippet Viewer 

     

    This is a great way to learn your snippet keywords for next time, as you can search for the snippet by title, keyword or content, and you'll see the keyword at the bottom of the preview. This is also convenient if you need to browse by collection when you're not sure of the snippet itself. Hit return to paste it.

     

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    3. The "snip" keyword

     

    You can also type "snip" followed by the name or keyword of your snippet into Alfred's bar and hit return to paste it.

     

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    At this point, there are no plans to add a tab auto-complete, as tab serves many other purposes on your Mac, and it doesn't make sense for Alfred to take this over when there are already so many smooth ways to access snippets. :)

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  11. @bin31 Thanks for filling in your details.

     

    Alfred won't double-expand your snippets, so it's likely that something else on your Mac is causing this duplication. You've already done a good job identifying that the issue is only happening in Chrome, so the next step is to establish what makes Chrome different to your other apps.

    • Do you have any browser plugins active in Chrome? If you disable the plugins, does text expansion happen normally?
    • Do you have any other text expansion apps running? Make sure these are quit (and also check that their invisible "helpers" that may be running in the background are quit too)
    • If you go into Alfred's Snippets preferences and change your snippet keyword to something obscure you definitely wouldn't have used before as keyword, does the snippet expand once or twice in Chrome?
    • Does it happen in any Chrome window, or on specific sites like Slack or Gmail? 

    Let me know how you get on :)

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  12. @TheTalkingStove Are you seeing this issue in a particular app? It's not unusual for non-native macOS app to be marginally slower to react than native ones, but we're talking milliseconds here. A 10 seconds delay is unheard of. Is your Mac under unusually high load at the time where snippets paste a long time to be replaced?

     

    If you switch to TextEdit, which is a very basic native app, does your snippet paste normally and at a normal speed?

     

    The Snippets feature is a pretty straightforward one, so if you can provide more details about your Mac, the snippets you're using and the apps you're using, we should be able to help you work out what's happening :)

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  13. @monaco Could you please confirm which version of Alfred you're using?

     

    Take a look at the Web Searches preferences, and familiarise yourself with the keywords, e.g. by default, it's "maps", not "map" though you're welcome to adjust the keywords as you wish.

     

    If you're still having issues, please include a screenshot of your web searches preferences, as well as exactly what you're typing into Alfred. We're all happy to help but it would make it easier if we knew exactly what you're doing :)

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  14. @Tethys Which version of Alfred are you using? Please make sure you're on Alfred 4.3+ first, as both the Move to action and finding the Applications folder should work normally.

     

    Could you pop an email to info@ with your Diagnostics file? You can get this file by typing "?diagnostics" into Alfred, and can then attach it to your email. 

     

    Could you also try using the built-in troubleshooting tool (under Alfred's Preferences > Help > Troubleshooting > File Search Troubleshooting, and provide the output from a few files or folders you're unable to find when searching?

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

  15. @BretonTom There are various ways you could do this, but just for fun I tried one where I used a list filter to choose whether I want the time or the date and time, then the macOS Alex voice reads it out via Terminal.

     

    You can grab it here as a starting point:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/txtzjwv6ynv0t3d/Say the time.alfredworkflow?dl=0

     

    Play around with time and date formatting if you want to hear something more specific:

    https://www.alfredapp.com/help/workflows/advanced/placeholders/#date-time

     

    Having said that, as @Alan He says, I find it quicker to just look up at the clock in the corner ;) 

     

    Cheers,
    Vero

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