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Cannot type in the Alfred 4 search bar when in app expose or mission control


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  • What you were doing when the issue happened

Attempting to use Alfred 4 right after I had used the three finger gesture to do app expose. I realised that typing on my keyboard did nothing and nothing was appearing in the Alfred 4 search bar.

  • Whether you were able to replicate it a second time by performing the same action

Yes, you can use the three finger gesture to do an app expose or a mission control show and if you attempt to use Alfred 4 while in that mode then nothing appears in the search bar.

  • Include any screenshots that might help us

Attached one.

  • Include the Alfred version & build number you are using

4.0.5 [1116]

  • Include your OS X version

macOS Catalina Ver 10.15 - MacBook Pro 15 2019

Screenshot 2019-10-15 at 09.41.44.png

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@Maruan This is a long-standing bug in macOS where keyboard focus isn't allowed, and something we've been aware of for many versions. We've raised it with Apple on many occasions and there have been no changes in macOS to allow this over the years.


You'll find one of Andrew's original answers to this here:


[Moved to Closed as we're aware/monitoring but are unable to make any further changes without Apple's help]



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