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Format for running key combo from input with function keys and modifiers


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I'm building a workflow that finds all hotkeys assigned to my workflows and I want to run those using the "Dispatch Key Combo" output. This works if I just want to run a single key, like F13 (passing code "105") or if I run something with a modifier and a standard key like "⇧⌘G". But if I want to run command+shift+F17, it doesn't work. The output I get is;

 

1. If I pass "⇧⌘F17" I get "Interpreted '⇧⌘F17' as 'F17' with mod code 9568256 (using code 64)"

2. If I pass it with the keycode instead ("⇧⌘86"), I get "Unable to interpret key string '⇧⌘86'"

 

So for 1, it seems like it's fine but it doesn't actually trigger the combo (because the workflow assigned to that key combo doesn't run). And 2 is clearly invalid.

 

I searched the forum and found a number of threads mentioning function keys possibly working differently (for other scenarios, not this specifically) Is this just one of those cases where this won't work if I'm passing input into Dispatch Key Combo?

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Have you considered using inbound configuration on the items you want to group, then using call external trigger to call items in workflows directly from your workflow?

 

https://www.alfredapp.com/help/workflows/inbound-configuration/

 

This will allow for directly calling items without needing to simulate hotkeys.

 

There is actually a built-in example of this using the older External Trigger object (before you could configure the external id directly onto any object) in Alfred's Workflow prefs Getting Started menu from the + button under the workflows list.

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27 minutes ago, Andrew said:

then they will work as expected

 

I'm thinking more of user-added triggers.

 

I mean, if you want to call a workflow that only has Hotkeys defined, not External Triggers, it makes more sense to call it via Hotkey – even if External Triggers are technically a much better solution – because that won't break on every single workflow update.

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