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Mac OS X: New Search Shortcut in Alfred create

  • Oct 25, 2020
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In the Spotlight-Alternative "Alfred" for Mac OS, you can also define new Shortcuts for searching the web. How to show you in this tutorial how this works.

Search Shortcut in Alfred create

  1. Open as usual the Alfred search bar, and click in the bar at the top right, click the Gear to open the settings.
  2. Go in the "Features" tab and select "Web Search".
  3. Here you can find a whole list of pre-made Shortcuts. Now click to Create a new Shortcuts at the bottom right of the "Add Custom Search".
  4. Now you need to insert the appropriate URL. To do this, go to the desired Website and perform a search with the word "TEST".
  5. Then, you land on the page with the search results. This should have a new URL. In our example, "http://praxistipps.chip.de/?s=test&submit=Suchen". Insert this URL in the first field "Search URL" in Alfred.
  6. Now you need to replace the text "TEST" to "{query}". In our example, it would be "http://praxistipps.chip.de/?s={query}&submit=Search".
  7. Now you can fill in the remaining fields: title, Shortcut, and select the desired Icon.
  8. In the field "Validation", you can enter a Test Keyword to test the Shortcut. You can also try search terms with a space. If this produces an error message on the web site, you need to put the check in the "Encode spaces as+".
  9. Then, you save the Shortcut by clicking on "Save", so that he can now use.
New Search Shortcut-create

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