Use Alfred and Have Your Own Keyboard on the Go

by MacHelpAdmin

Have you ever heard about Alfred? I bet the only thing that is going through your mind right now is who’s Alfred? Well sorry, not who but what. Alfred happens to be a spotlight search replacement for macOS. Not only does it allow you to make a comprehensive search, it also comes with the extra features. Imagine your iPhone or iPad becoming a shortcut keyboard, such a free pass. This is possible when you have Alfred Remote running.

There are other options you can employ to create shortcut keyboard. If you enlist the help of a program called Keyboard Maestro, you can get the same result similar to Alfred and you can set up the shortcut and assign certain keys for this function. However, I do not think it’s important if you already have Alfred running, because, they basically do the same thing Alfred will be doing.

We are proceeding with the assumption that you already have Alfred installed on your device, but if that is not the case then having Alfred installed should be the first place to start.

Get the App

Install application and get it running. Then you can see the benefits of Alfred. One more thing, there is no need to run away due to cost because it’s free. The one major rule you have to consider here is ensuring that both the Mac and the mobile device are connected to the same network. Run the app on your mobile and it will immediately start to locate Alfred on your Mac. With Alfred MacOS High Sierra features are the functions you would certainly want to try out.

Time to run Alfred Remote on your Mac

Open Alfred settings on your Mac. You can do this by clicking on Alfred’s icon on the menu bar. Go to the “Preferences” and select “Remote” option. Make sure that there is a checkmark near “Enable Alfred Remote Server” option.

Enable the Remote server

While still in the Preferences settings, look right down to the bottom of your Mac’s screen. Find the “Add iOS Remote” icon and click on it.

This will enable the search for locating your mobile device running Alfred Remote. Lookout for a pop up that should appear on your Mac. Tap on it and write the paraphrase that you see on your mobile device in the text box on your laptop. Alfred Remote is ready to operate.

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Customize your Shortcuts

As a first time user of the Alfred Remote, there will be loads of pre-made shortcuts that will come as a welcome package for you. Some will be useful, of course, but others will not really be of any use to you. So, to make the best use of this application you need to customize your settings. To do this you need to customize the Alfred settings on your Mac.

On the center of your screen will be a view of the shortcuts you have already created. If there is a need to delete any of them, all that is required is to right-click on it and tap the “Delete” command.

To add a new shortcut, click on the empty box. Don’t worry about the location of your shortcuts as they can easily be dragged or moved around later. Let’s make it simple: once you clicked on the empty box, a pop-up menu will appear with a range of options for shortcuts like launching an app, running a script, etc. In our case, the shortcut takes us directly to the Notifications settings in System Preferences. So, select the “macOS Preferences” and then the “Notifications” option. And now, the shortcut is created and when you’ll click on it from your mobile device it will immediately open Notification settings in System Preferences on your Mac.

There is the “+” button which you can use to create separate pages when there is not enough room due to many shortcuts. There is the option of choosing pre-made shortcuts under the “Examples” submenu or you can decide to create from the scratch by clicking the “Blank Page”. When you start a blank page, it will be required for you to provide a name and some other details. When this page is created, the shortcuts can be added to it.