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If there are certain folders which you call often which you want to open with abbreviations, it might just be best to create a workflow with a keyword connected to an open file, with the keyword fixed to e.g. di and the open file as "Design Inspiration". This way, the results will always match regardless of whether the Mac's metadata is broken or not.


Is this something I can activate from within the Alfred search only, or does it have to be tied to a universal hotkey? (I don't want a universal hotkey.) Otherwise, that would be great.



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@jackbrannen Yes, create a workflow with the following:


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Then, set your keyword as follows, making sure you set it to "no argument" as there's no argument required in this case.


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In the Open File, drag in the folder or file you need to launch.


You can then launch using the keyword "di" - though do note that it's a keyword that matches a huge number of results, so it may take selecting it once from further down the list before it gets prioritised above the default OS X results. :)


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Of course, within that workflow, you could repeat that for any other files you need to launch by keyword, so no need to create separate workflows for each one. :) 



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@jackbrannen What result types do you include in your default results? We recommend only including the essentials to avoid cluttering up your results. For example, here's what I include in my default results.


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Alfred learns from your usage, so if you use your web search once or twice, you should see it come up above the other results right away. If you don't see this behaviour, it's likely that there are permissions issues on your Mac, resulting in Alfred being unable to save the knowledge gained from your usage.




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@jackbrannen it's also worth remembering that you don't need to select the web search to use it, for example, if you want to use the google web search with keyword 'google', just keep typing even if you don't see it e.g.


google bananas


You'll soon see it at the top of the list, and as Vero says, Alfred will soon re-learn :)




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@jackbrannen Alfred doesn't randomly escalate low score items, but if these items are being reported by macOS as recently used, this information will be part of how Alfred ranks items where there's no internal knowledge for sorting.


Based on the previous exchanges, it's likely that there's an underlying issue on your Mac, such as permissions corruption and/or indexing issues deeper in macOS, resulting in Alfred being unable to correctly save knowledge over a period of time. It's not an issue that has been reported by other users, and it may be resolved naturally the next time you reinstall your Mac from fresh.



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