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I'm coming from Windows and most of the launchers I've used there can show the last X number of recent searches. 

 

This is convenient as I open Firefox a lot so it is always #1.

 

Alfred:   CTLR+SPACE  - type "Fir..." - hit command+1 - open Firefox

Windows:  CTRL+SPACE - hit 1 - open Firefox

I found the "History" option under advanced setting but that only remembers the last 5 minutes :(


Is there some penalty for remember things longer than 5 minutes?

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@thecrumb Just in case you've misunderstood the feature; Alfred remembers your last 20 typed queries. It shows the latest one if you pop Alfred back up within 5 minutes (based on the assumption that if you pop Alfred up more than 5 minutes later, you're probably looking to search for something new, so there's no need to clutter the field).

 

If it's been longer than 5 mins, pop up Alfred (it'll show an empty field) then use the up arrow to browse through the 20 latest queries :)

 

Cheers,
Vero

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2 minutes ago, Vero said:

Just in case you've misunderstood the feature; Alfred remembers your last 20 typed queries.

 

Rereading the first post, it’s indeed ambiguous where the problem lies.

 

@thecrumb To clarify, assuming you turned on the History feature, are you asking for Alfred to auto-show the last used option even if more than five minutes have elapsed (currently not possible), for more than one query to be saved for reuse (possible by pressing ↑ on your keyboard, as @Vero mentioned), or a third option?

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Thanks for listening :)

The last 20 list is OK  but requires some additional clicking and attention to ensure I select 'Firefox' for example from the list.

 

In my case I'm just trying to minimize keystrokes. Laziness is a virtue right? :)

The 5 minute option helps but it would be nice to have an option to either extend or turn off the 5 minute limit.  

 

My favorite launcher on Windows is Find and Run Robot (https://www.donationcoder.com/software/mouser/popular-apps/farr) and it is 'smart' in that it keeps your most launched apps at the top of the list that initially displays.    "Caches programs you launch for instantaneous repeat searches and adaptive scoring."

On Linux I use uLauncher (https://ulauncher.io/) and it has a similar option: "Show Frequent Apps" which does the same thing.

 

So usually my most used apps are only two clicks away - one to open launcher and a # to launch the app.

 

Thanks!

Jim

 

 

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@thecrumb The odds of a user wanting the same action as +5 minutes ago are quite low, so leaving the previous query in Alfred's search field creates clutter rather than convenience.

 

If Firefox is your most used result for the query "f", you can launch it with three keystrokes; 1. Pop up Alfred, 2. type "f", 3. hit return on Firefox. I'd say that suits even the laziest of users ;) 

 

Cheers,
Vero

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The extra millisecond to enter that third keystroke is going to add up over time, not to mention wear out my keyboard  LOL 

It's not really about the 'same' action - it's about the most popular actions.  

 

But I guess I'm in the minority on this one so I'll accept defeat and move on.

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