Opening a shortcut from an OmniFocus task

Not directly an OmniFocus issue I guess, but I wonder if anyone can help.

I am trying to set up a way of opening my Quick Notes folder from within a task in OmniFocus as part of an evening review. I renamed the shortcut in case the space in the name was an issue, the shortcut runs fine from Shortcuts, but when I try to run the shortcut from the url in the OmniFocus task notes field I keep getting this error message.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.


You can open the Notes shortcut using the following URL.


Though, it sounds like you want to run the shortcut. In that case, you would use this URL:


If you want to run a shortcut that contains characters that can’t be used within a URL (e.g. a space or square bracket), you can use URL encoding (aka percent-encoding).

For example, if you wanted to run a shortcut called “Open Important Notes,” you would substitute %20 for the spaces:


I hope this helps!

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Excellent. Thanks, as ever, for taking the time to answer this, Tim. The example, on the Apple support page had square brackets. I thought I had tried without them, but obviously not.



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You’re very welcome, @euan.

I think this is the Apple Support page you’re referring to:

The syntax Apple provides for running a shortcut using a URL scheme is:


In this case, [name], [input] and [text] are placeholders for the actual values. It’s important to replace the complete placeholder (e.g. “[name]” with “Notes”). In other words, the square brackets are part of the placeholder and are not intended to be included in the URL.

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