Scratchpad Workflow

An Alfred Workflow

Short Description

A workflow to use the Alfred Prompt as a scratchpad.

Last Updated

11 Dec 2015


Mountain Lion
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Sometimes you just need a place to edit some text quickly. Or, simply write a short note to store in the clipboard history (it actually works better than you think). That is where this workflow comes in handy.

After you set a hotkey, you can select text and edit it on the Alfred command line. When you press enter, it will be placed into the clipboard. If you press <code><cmd></code> and enter, it will place it into the clipboard and the top most application. If you press <code><ctrl></code> and enter, it will append the text to the end of a specified text file.

If you invoke the keyword “sp:” or if you press the hotkey without a selection, it will offer to put the clipboard as the text to edit. Press enter on the “clipboard” option and the contents of the clipboard will be copied to the Alfred command line for editing.

Use the Alfred Browser to select a file, press the right arrow, and select "Set Note File". That file will now have the notes appended to the end of the file if you press <code><ctrl></code> and enter.