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QuickTimer: Control Clock.app Timers Directly from Alfred

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QuickTimer for Alfred

This workflow allows you to directly set timers and control the stopwatch on macOS's standard Clock app right from Alfred.

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Feature Introduction


The default keyword is `t`. By starting with this keyword and following it with a space and a time format, you can set a timer. The format is flexible, generally using units (`h` for hours, `m` for minutes, `s` for seconds) to specify time.

  • Specifying Units: Using `t 1h30m10s` sets a timer for 1 hour, 30 minutes, and 10 seconds.
  • Arbitrary Units: Command `t 1h30s` initiates a timer for 1 hour and 30 seconds.
  • Omitting the Unit: Simply typing `t 30` starts a 30-minute timer.
  • Decimal Time: Inputting `t 1.5h` results in a timer for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Automatic Conversion: Entering `t 100` automatically sets a timer for 1 hour and 40 minutes.


Use the `sw` command to start, stop, lap, and reset the stopwatch.

  • Start Stopwatch: Use `sw start` to begin timing.
  • Stop Stopwatch: Input `sw stop` to halt the stopwatch.
  • Lap Time: The `sw lap` command marks the current time without stopping the stopwatch.
  • Reset Stopwatch: Utilizing `sw reset` resets the stopwatch to zero.



Setting up QuickTimer requires installing both the Alfred Workflow file and a specific file for Shortcuts.app. Follow these steps for installation:

  1. Download the workflow and Shortcuts.app file from the links below.
  2. After downloading, double-click each file to import them into Alfred and Shortcuts.app respectively. Complete the setup by following the on-screen prompts.


The usability is quite nice. While not many people may use the standard timer, I highly recommend giving it a try.


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