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So I have switched over from Quicksilver because occasionally it will open everything when I run a search.  Alfred doesn't seem nearly as smart but I am probably missing something, typing in "Fox" doesn't pull up firefox nor can I arrow down through results.  Not a problem in Quicksilver and I get other options. 

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So I have switched over from Quicksilver because occasionally it will open everything when I run a search.  Alfred doesn't seem nearly as smart but I am probably missing something, typing in "Fox" doesn't pull up firefox nor can I arrow down through results.  Not a problem in Quicksilver and I get other options. 

 

For Fuzzy matching like "Chrome" shows "Google Chrome" etc. go to Alfred Preferences->Features->File Search->Navigation and activate Fuzzy matching. That let's you do what you wanna.

Other than that you can give applications etc. custom search triggers as Vero pointed out here:

 

Pop up the "Get info" panel for Photoshop and add a Spotlight comment for "shop", which will allow Alfred and other apps to find it based on that keyword:

https://www.alfredapp.com/help/features/file-search/tagging-files/#spotlight

 

Cheers,  :)

Vero

 

 

Arrow keys up and down should work to navigate through search results tho oO

You can lookup all shortcuts here: https://www.alfredapp.com/help/getting-started/cheatsheet/

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On 4/21/2016 at 5:38 AM, FroZen_X said:

 

For Fuzzy matching like "Chrome" shows "Google Chrome" etc. go to Alfred Preferences->Features->File Search->Navigation and activate Fuzzy matching. That let's you do what you wanna.

Thanks for your reply, I missed the email that there was a reply and just came back searching for this.  I just bought the powerpack to get this feature and it looks like it was already doing that and was checked without.  

 

I still have the same issue if I type drop I get droplr if I launch it several times with drop it would move up in the list to "dr" in Quicksilver but in Alfred it is no where to be found I went through the entire list it shows and it is not even listed!  Doesn't seem like Alfred is quite as smart as Quicksilver in this regards.  Hopefully there is a setting I am missing still.

 

I saw this post where you can make your own but I don't want to lock this in I am just doing this a bunch today and will not be what I want in a week from now.

 

http://www.alfredforum.com/topic/8588-fuzzy-matching-doesn’t-work-as-expected/?page=2

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46 minutes ago, skillet said:

I still have the same issue if I type drop I get droplr if I launch it several times with drop it would move up in the list to "dr" in Quicksilver but in Alfred it is no where to be found I went through the entire list it shows and it is not even listed!

 

If you want droplr to rise to the top for "dr", you need to open it a few times using the query "dr".

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Hmm. Normally, the solution is to reveal the file in Finder and then try searching in Alfred (it prioritises recent files). Not sure if that works with apps.

 

Alternatively, try turning off some of your other result types (like contacts), and see if droplr shows up then (Alfred limits the number of results it shows). Action droplr a few times in Alfred, so it associates the app with "dr", then turn the other result types back on.

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I just took off searching contacts and it still doesn't show up with  "dr" but shows up with "dro".  Started it several times with just "dro" and no luck with "dr".  Try this in quicksilver an you'll see it behaves better. 

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Yes droplr is an application. http://droplr.com

 

I added dr to the comments but after 2 minutes it still doesn't show up.  I guess there is a referesh place I can adjust somewhere in Alfred.  I'll try it again in an hour though yes you are right this is not really a solution because this would change all the time for me.  Also I use the comments all the time for various things and that would just muddy up the comments.  Thank you for sticking with me and all your help!

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@skillet Deanishe hinted at the two key possibilities to start from.

 

First, the possibility that the app IS in your results but your results are overwhelmed with too many other results:

 

If the app appears when you type "droplr" in full or any part thereof, then the app CAN be found. Start by taking a look at your Default Results and narrowing them to include these file types (or even temporarily exclude Folders if they're cluttering your results at this point)

 

Screen Shot 2016-10-19 at 14.13.24.png

 

Search for Droplr with "dr"; Can you see it in results now? You can re-add the file types you need, but I'd recommend keeping your default results pretty clean, and using the "open" keyword (or pressing the spacebar as shortcut) to search broader file types.

 

Second, if with the settings above, the app never shows in your results, it may not be indexed correctly by OS X, and is therefore not returned as a result to Alfred. You can either:

  • Perform a full reindex of your Mac if you find that you've encountered any other indexing issues by going to Alfred's Advanced preferences and follow the instructions when clicking the "Rebuild OS X Metadata" button. This can take up to an hour, but will refresh the full index on your Mac, or;
  • Launch Spotlight to its "Privacy" tab, drag Droplr in, wait a few seconds, remove it from the privacy tab, then give OS X a minute or two to reindex it.

In both instances, please type "reload" into Alfred when the indexing is completed. This will ensure Alfred refreshes his application cache.

 

Let me know how you get on :)

 

Cheers,
Vero

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Strange Spotlight is showing droplr is showing up fine with typing dr (see attachment).  I have 26 results with Alfred and none of them are droplr even with the "dr" in the app comments.  Just curious and so I am better understanding how Alfred works, it sounds like it uses spotlight index to return results rather than creating its own.  How would Alfred return results with drop of droplr using spotlight index but not with dr?  Is there a different index it might be using?  I will reindex and see what I get. 

 

I just opened Quicksilver which I haven't run for 2 or 3 months on my computer because it once about ever 3 weeks to a month opens every app when I type a search and would bring my computer to a halt.  It had an update I updated it typed in dr and it was in the list, I launched it one more time with dr and after that it showed up in the first list with just typing in "d" that is the kind of behavior I love and makes me want to use applications like Quicksilver.  I have purchased Lunchbar as well, alfred, spotlight, launchbar none of them seem to do this core behavior nearly as well as this free application.  Plus I can just right click and chose that I want that app to be the default for d without going elsewhere.  

 

Here is the zip file where you can read the names of the results in the image. 

http://bit.ly/2ei7uwv

 

 

Alfred Results 4.jpg

Alfred Results 1.jpg

App Coments.jpg

Alfred Results 3.jpg

Alfred Results 2.jpg

Spotlight Shows Droplr.jpg

Afred Settings.jpg

Quicksilver option for right clicking on results.jpg

Quicksilver Results on First Typing DR.jpg

Quicksilver Results on two times launch Droplr with dr it shows up with just D.jpg

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I did and it is still reindexing though spotlight shows it already and I can find it still with typing "drop" in Alfred.  I did notice that right after I pressed "Clear Application Cache" that it showed up with "dr" for the application comments which it wasn't doing before.  Again not at all a solution but that made that at least work.  

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