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I'm looking for a way to surround selected text with the usual (I think html?) codes for bold, italic and strike (


) with a keyboard shortcut. Nothing fancy nor extensive. 

I understand one can do this with the Transform function in Alfred. Problem is, as far as I understand it would have to be done using a regex? 

I would add my voice to the usual "just learn it", but the maybe twice I've approached regex in my entire life (and I'm no spring chicken) I've felt as if I was trying to climb a mountain to get to a pebble, maybe usual, but not a diamond. 

So, I humbly ask: would anyone with knowledge of the Dark Arts be kind enough to help me? One example of the structure would be great, I think I'm not that dumb that I couldn't adapt to the others. 

Thanks for the generous one(s). 

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That's BBCode, not HTML. HTML would be <b></b>.


Generally, regular expressions are total overkill for just surrounding some text with tags, but that's the only tool Alfred gives you for the job.


You want a Replace utility set up like this:




The regular expression .+ means "one or more of any character", and the brackets mean "this is a match group". In the replacement field, $1 means "contents of match group 1". So basically, "match anything and put it between [ b] and [/b]".

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