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  1. I've been experimenting with a contact that I find identical copies of when using this workflow. Indeed the two copies seem to point to different files within the same folder. Their paths are the following: ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/Sources/C9024634-4B64-45F7-A5B2-8F0AD02F75BE/Metadata/8636DCA3-8CEF-413F-B8E9-98EBFE9F1E0E:ABPerson.abcdp ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/Sources/C9024634-4B64-45F7-A5B2-8F0AD02F75BE/Metadata/BC232A82-C2DC-40F1-9E42-3D2F512A2571:ABPerson.abcdp I *think* that Alfred search result corresponding to the first of these files tends to show the contact in Alfred when I press enter, while the entry corresponding to the second file tends to open Contacts.app (but does not select the relevant contact). But sometimes the behavior seems to reverse. Or maybe I'm just getting confused. By this do you mean that the contact which I'm able to view in Alfred is a true contact that exists in Contacts.app, while the one that opens Contacts.app to the wrong contact is a cached entry? (Or vice versa?) I feel bad asking as I am pretty sure this problem no longer has much to do with Alfred, but if you know of a way to purge those legacy/cached entries, I'd love if you could share. I did some googling but couldn't figure it out. No worries if you don't have a solution. I appreciate your help already by providing and troubleshooting this useful workflow.
  2. I guess it is acting a bit weird for me as well. When I perform a search using this workflow, it finds each contact twice. The subtext for each is "View Contact in Alfred". If I press enter with one of the identical contacts selected, it will indeed show me that contact in Alfred. If I press enter with the other contact select, it opens up the Contacts app, but does not show me the selected contact. It seems instead to just show whatever contact I was previously viewing in the Contacts app. If I hold down the command key, the subtext changes to "Reveal file in Finder" and indeed if I press enter while holding the command key, a file is shown in the Finder of type "Contact Card Data", nestled deep within an Application Support / AddressBook folder. Interestingly, a different file is revealed depending on which of the two (seemingly identical) contacts shown within Alfred is selected. So there does appear to be some element of duplication that is not of Alfred's making. However, these contacts are not duplicated within the Contacts app itself. One last bit of information: MOST of my contacts, but not all, are duplicated as described above. Some of them (the minority) appear only once in the search results given via this workflow. I recognize that this is likely a problem outside of Alfred's scope (though if anyone has tips on how to fix it, I'd appreciate your input!). This is still a useful workflow but it would be nice to figure out why it's behaving this way. Ideally it would show each contact only once (though perhaps that problem is unique to me). And ideally pressing Enter would show the contact in Alfred, while pressing CMD-Enter (or some such combination) would show the contact in the Contacts app. I'm using Alfred 5.0.3 (Build 2087, Tuesday 11th October 2022) on macOS 12.6 (Monterey).
  3. I'm bumping this old topic because my question is the same. I'd rather not clutter my default results with contacts. But I want to be able to search for contacts with Alfred, using a keyword of my choosing. Is there a way to do this with a workflow? Or would this have to be a new feature? Would appreciate some guidance. Thanks.
  4. I'm chiming in here because I had this exact problem, and went through all the same steps JackH initially tried, and reached probably the same level of frustration. I'm happy I came looking for help here because what in the end worked for JackH also worked for me. Thanks for figuring that out!! And yes, I agree with deanishe that a "turn off syncing" button would be a helpful and logical addition here.
  5. Wow, this workflow is amazing. I switched to Alfred (from Quicksilver!) back in 2015, mainly because I saw the potential for using it with DTPO. None of the Alfred/DTPO workflows available then satisfied me, I couldn't figure out how to make one myself, and I eventually gave up on linking my two favorite apps. What you've made is exactly what I've wanted all these years. Thank you!! (And thanks also for the Keyboard Maestro macro, which is a great way to keep the cache updated.)
  6. Seems I had accidentally turned off "automatically check for updates". Now that I'm on 3.3.1, this is working beautifully. Thank you again!
  7. Oh, that's right! So easy. Thank you for the helpful response. Some follow-up feedback: I have Advanced > Apps Matching set to "Full fuzzy match from word boundary". But this setting seems not to apply when I'm searching for an app via the "Open With" action. So for example, I can open PDFpen with "pp" in Alfred's normal search pane. But if select a PDF, hit alf+f, and choose "Open With", I'm not able to select PDFpen from the list by typing "pp". Furthermore, searching *within* Alfred's action panel doesn't work as I expect it to: I keep trying to select "Open With" by typing "ow", but that's also not allowed. (I actually think that my confusion over how to search the action panel and the resultant lists is why I turned off the "File Selection" action long ago, forgot about it, and had to ask here in the forums.)
  8. I'd like to ask for help accomplishing the following: 1. select a file in Finder 2. trigger Alfred 3. search for the app I wish to open that file with 4. open that file with that app Is this possible? (I've searched the forums for "open with", which is the command I used to use in Quicksilver to accomplish this. I found ways to set up workflows to open a specific file type with a specific application. But that's not what I want. I want a more flexible way to, on the fly, search for the application I want to use with the currently selected file. Basically I am looking for a way to access, through Alfred, the functionality of the Finder's "open with" contextual menu item.) Thank you!
  9. I'd love a workflow that just searches for groups and/or tags in DEVONthink. Does anyone know if this might be possible? Any hints on how I might build such a workflow? Thanks for any input!
  10. Hi Andrew, Thanks for the tips and explanations. They help me understand a little better how Alfred works. I upped the File Search results to 40, and forced a full low level reindex, but "n" still did not return the bookmark I'm looking for. So then I deleted and re-saved the bookmark, and now it shows up as expected, and is back to the default for "n". That's nice! Not sure what may have gone wrong with the original bookmark. Enabling "Touch folders after opening them" seems to have fixed the sorting issue of my Applications folders. Thanks again, and happy 6th birthday to Alfred! Devin
  11. Hello. I'm using Alfred v2.2.2 (432), Mac OS 10.11.3. I have been having issues with the order of results. Below are two examples, which I am putting in the same bug report with the assumption that they are closely related. 1) I have my preferences set to include Bookmarks in the Default Results. When I invoke Alfred and type "n", I always want the first result to be a bookmark titled "New York Times". Most of the time Alfred remembers this. But sometimes he forgets. Usually when he forgets, I can find this bookmark by typing a bit more of its title ("new") and selecting it; I'll then invoke Alfred again and type a little less of the title ("ne") and select it again; and finally, at this point, typing "n" will usually remind Alfred that I want "New York Times" at the top of the list. First: I'm not sure why this should ever be necessary. I never type "n" and then select any result other than "New York Times", so it doesn't make sense to me that Alfred should ever forget to put "New York Times" at the top of the results list. Second: These past couple days I've been unable to re-teach Alfred to put this bookmark at the top of the list. I've tried to re-train Alfred as described above. As a result, "New York Times" again appears at the top when I type "new" or "ne". But when I type "n", the bookmark is nowhere to be found in the list! What's going on? (Note: some other bookmarks do appear in the list, just not the single one I want.) 2) The order of results is even less predictable when it comes to searching for files or folders. For example, I often want to open my "/Applications/" folder by typing "[space] a" (or "ap" or "app"). But Alfred very often puts "~/Applications/" rather than "/Applications/" at the top of the results list -- even though I never want to open my user application folder. So, if I've only ever selected the "~/Applications/" folder via Alfred by accident, and if I've very often arrowed down to the "/Applications/" folder in an attempt to teach it that that's the folder I want, then why hasn't Alfred learned by now to show me "/Applications/" at the top of the list every time? I realize that I could create custom workflows for the above cases. But there are other cases too, and it gets tedious making a workflow for every one. And why should I need to do this when, according to your website, "Alfred learns how you use your Mac and prioritises results when you type"? I'd appreciate some help. Thank you.
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