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Hey there, 

 

Recently I wanted to exclude all .png files from my file search but I did not find a way to do so.

In other words I mostly use the file search feature for searching and opening my folders. 

Is there a convenient way to search folders only?

 

Thanks,

Yannick 

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Hey there, 

 

Recently I wanted to exclude all .png files from my file search but I did not find a way to do so.

In other words I mostly use the file search feature for searching and opening my folders. 

Is there a convenient way to search folders only?

 

Thanks,

Yannick 

 

 

Hi Yannick,

 

Thanks for posting here - easier to respond than in a few Twitter characters.

 

First, take a look at your preferences under Features > Default Results. Uncheck "images" there (and I would recommend unchecking most of the extras unless you truly need these in your search results every time; I personally only have Folders included from the Extras list). 

 

If you've checked the "Unintelligent" checkbox below, uncheck that one as well.

 

You can then prefix your search with the keyword "open" (or just press the spacebar for a shortcut to the same search) which then expands your search to more file types.

 

If you specifically want to search for one or a few file types, your best bet is to create a File Filter workflow to search for images (or more specifically pngs if needed). Here's a guide to creating your own file filters:

https://www.alfredapp.com/help/workflows/inputs/file-filter/

 

This should get you started nicely; Take a look at the other Guides and Tutorials to discover more of what Alfred can do here:

https://www.alfredapp.com/help/guides-and-tutorials/

 

Cheers,

Vero

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