Customize Alfred Fallback Searches for enhanced productivity
Guys, guys, guys. I’ve never even tought about customizing my Fallback Searches, but now that I did I feel like Alfred changed my life. Again.
When you have purchased the Power Pack, which you should, you can customize Fallback Searches. Those appear when Alfred wasn’t able to find anything on your machine.
A couple of days ago I saw a screencast where someone showed how Translator Free (Mac App Store) and LaunchBar can be used to quickly translate text. Frankly, just another tool on my machine, is exactly what I need.
Here are my Fallback Searches:
- Translate ‘…’: Paste a bunch of text, ⌘1, and boom I’m at Google Translate.
- Search Google for ‘…’: Obvious enough. “Bunch of text” was some gibberish Alfred couldn’t find in my dictionary or anywhere else so it kindly asks whether it should enslave Google to search for it. (And nothing else!)
- Search Google Maps for ‘…’: “Where’s the lovely restaurant we’re eating tonight?” Boom. It’s there: Vapiano, Stuttgart, Germany1.
Alternative title for this post: The one in which I tell Alfred to enslave Google.