WorkFlowy to Google Calendar v2.0

My WorkFlowy to Google Calendar Chrome extension has updated to version 2.0 with some nice enhancements. WorkFlowy to Google Calendar let’s you quickly create Google Calendar events from WorkFlowy bullets.

Just zoom on a bullet, click the toolbar icon, and let Google Calendar’s Quick Add parser do the rest of the work:


Version 2.0 adds the following features:

Works on any webpage, not just WorkFlowy.

Select event info on any webpage and utilize Google Calendar’s powerful Quick Add parser to intelligently add events, and reduce the time you spend typing.


Keyboard Shortcut Capable!

Scroll to the bottom of chrome://extensions to define your own keyboard shortcut. (I use Alt+G) If desired, you can hide the extension icon in the toolbar by right clicking the icon and selecting “Hide in Chrome Menu”, and be done with all that pesky icon clicking. See Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Chrome Extensions for more info.

Update Sept 10, 2016: Now with right click menu access too!

Add your event to any calendar on the first try!

Previously WorkFlowy to Google Calendar was restricted to your default calendar. In order to change calendars you had to save the event first, and then edit it again. Now you can change the calendar without having to edit the event twice.

The rest of WorkFlowy to Google Calendar’s goodness is still there.

  • Google Calendar’s powerful Quick Add parser automatically defines the what, where, and when.
  • Override the bullet or page title by selecting text on the page instead.
  • WorkFlowy to Google Calendar will always automatically put a handy link back to your WorkFlowy bullet (or webpage) in the event note.
  • A great way to create alarms for WorkFlowy items!

Head over to the Chrome Web Store for more details and installation. If you’ve already installed the extension, it will update automatically.

No Google Chrome? Get the bookmarklet version instead.

Chrome 49: What’s Up With All These Icons In My Toolbar?

Over the last few weeks, Google Chrome has rolled out Version 49, which contains a major change in the way extension icons are displayed in the upper right corner of your browser window. google-chrome-icon-63602

I was updated two weeks ago, and initially I hated it. I’ve changed my tune, because (without fanfare) they tucked in a long overdue feature. The result is, ironically enough, a much cleaner toolbar, if you prefer your extensions with keyboard shortcuts (and really you should) I’ll get to that in a bit. First some background.

Why the change?

In one word: Visibility. Some applications will “side load” extensions without your knowledge. The Chrome developers also know many users don’t visit their chrome://extensions page very often (if at all), and are unaware of what is lurking, and potentially wasting resources.

What is the change?

Initially, Chrome 49 moves all extension icons to the toolbar forcing you to deal with them. It’s pretty easy to show and hide them as you see fit. You can right click on an icon and select “Hide in Chrome menu”. Hidden icons aren’t all that hidden. They now appear at the top of the menu when you click the hamburger icon. You can also drag an icon onto the Hamburger icon and then drag it to the top of the menu… and vice versa.
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I’ve grown to like this setup. With a right click, you get quick access to extension options without the need to scroll through a list of extensions. Only enabled extensions appear in the menu however, so to access disabled extensions you’ll still need to type chrome://extensions into the addressbar, or click on More Tools > Extensions in the menu.

Which extensions should I hide?

To clarify things, let’s break Chrome extensions into 3 groups:
Browser Action, Page Action & Other

Browser Actions:

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  • The icons to the right of the Omnibar… the ones you are used to seeing.
  • They are active on any web page you visit.
  • You can assign keyboard shortcuts to them.
  • Browser Actions get the long overdue feature. You can now assign keyboard shortcuts AND hide the icon. Before, when you hid a Browser Action icon, you disabled the keyboard shortcut. This never made any sense. If you are keyboard ninja and a toolbar minimalist, Chrome 49 will make you happy.
  • Of course, you can still keep them visible AND have keyboard access too.
  • Browser Actions may show status with an animated icon or badge, in which case you probably want to keep those visible.

Page Actions:

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  • Pre-Chrome 49, these icons appeared in the Omnibar when certain rules, defined by the extension, were met.
  • For example, they appeared only when visiting a certain domain, or if an RSS feed was available.
  • Chrome 49’s biggest effect is on Page Action icons, moving them to the right with Browser Action icons.
  • Now they always show regardless of whether those conditions are met. (if not met the icon is grayed out)
  • This is a big step backwards, adding needless clutter to the toolbar, imho.
  • The best choice for Page Action extensions? Show them.


  • Everything else.
  • Pre-Chrome 49 these were only accessible by visiting chrome://extensions.
  • Hide ’em all.

Happy hiding, Chromians!

Time Tagging in WorkFlowy

Does any of this describe you?

  • Need a time estimate for that next big project?
  • Could use a reality check on that ambitious @today list?
  • Maybe you’d like to track billable hours?
  • Or perhaps you’re simply a lifelogger, Pomodoro counter or all-around Time Nazi?

WorkFlowy and WFcount offer a simple solution: Time Tags


What is a Time Tag?

It’s a WorkFlowy tag, starting with “#” followed by any number of digits, and ending with an ‘h’ for hours or an ‘m’ for minutes. Like this:

  • #2h = 2 hours
  • #15m = 15 minutes
  • Combine them: #2h #15m = 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • This works too: #135m

Just Click to Count

With a single click, the WFcount bookmarklet adds up the visible Time Tags and displays the total time.
Time Tag Examples

Simple. Intuitive. Fast.

Veritably WorkFlowy-ish!


Go to the original WFcount blog post.

Time Output Option:

The default output format is:
“Total Time = 2h 15m”.

If you’d like hours only (perhaps to plug into a spreadsheet) you can edit the bookmarklet code as follows: Near the beginning, change “timeFormat=0” to “timeFormat=1”.

With this setting, WFcount will generate hours out to two decimal places like this:
“Total Hours = 2.25”

Happy Time Tagging!

Count Stuff in WorkFlowy

With the WFcount Bookmarklet.

Von Tag!

…Two Tags!

……Tree Tags!

………Ah, Ah, Ah!

WFcount can count like a purple Muppet (only just WorkFlowy stuff, like bullets, parents, children, completed items and tags).

It works on a very simple premise: count what is visible. So you control what gets counted by expanding, collapsing and zooming on bullets. Then click on the bookmarklet to get a summary of your counts.

Update Feb 9, 2016: Now with Time Tags!

Here’s what it looks like…

WFcount Bookmarklet


  • When zoomed, double clicking the bullet title will toggle expand/collapse of all children.
  • When viewing your WorkFlowy home page, double clicking “workflowy” will do the same. (Handy if you want to count everything in your WorkFlowy castle.)
  • Alternately, either zoomed or from your Home page, you can search for “@ OR #” (no quotes) to reveal all your tags. This method can be preferable to expanding all, especially if you wish to preserve the expand/collapse state of some of your nodes.

Installation Options:

1) WFcount: Desktop

  • Opens in a small browser window (see the screenshot above)
  • Can selectively copy count information.
  • Leave the window open and it will append count summaries in that window.
  • Monospace font
  • Click here for a link you can drag to your Bookmarks Bar.

2) iWFcount: Mobile or Desktop

  • Displays counts in an alert dialog.
  • Good option for “quick view” where you don’t need to copy.
  • For Desktop Install: Triple click the code below to select it, then drag to your Bookmarks Bar. Rename the bookmark.
  • For Mobile Install: Bookmark this page, and save it to your favorites folder.
  • Select all the code in the box below and copy it to the clipboard.

iOS Tip: Press, hold, and release on “javascript” to select it, then gently swipe down on the right grabber, until you see only the left grabber and then copy.

  • Open the bookmarks menu and edit the bookmark you just created.
  • Clear the URL/Address field, and paste the code you copied above.
  • Save your changes and exit out of the bookmarks menu.

View: WFcount source code

Happy counting arithmomaniacs! Ah, Ah, Ah!

How Many WorkFlowy Bullets Do I Have?

1) Do you want to include completed items?

Select Completed Status

2) From your home page, double click “workflowy” in the upper left to expand all.

Toggle Expand Collapse All

3) Type Ctrl+A twice to select all bullets (use Cmd for Mac).

4) Look at the right pop up menu to revel in your bullet proclivity.

Bullet Proclivity

5) Click anywhere (except maybe “Delete All”!) to deselect the bullets.

6) Double click “workflowy” again to collapse all.

Bonus Tip: Count all the bullets under a single bullet

  • Zoom on the bullet
  • Repeat all the above with one exception.
  • Double click on the parent bullet text instead of “workflowy” to toggle expand/collapse all.

Happy counting!

Flat WorkFlowy Lists

I love WorkFlowy.  Dump your brain into this versatile web-app. Tame it with intuitive and flexible outlines. Tag to connect the disconnected. Zoom to focus. Power in simplicity. What’s not to love?

While WorkFlowy’s standard tag/text search is great for showing context and relationships, there are times you don’t want the noise of an outline. You just need a simple, flat list.

Meet FlatFlowy.

FlatFlowy is a bookmarklet that hides the “breadcrumb” header, removes indentation, hides parents, and (optionally) hides notes. The result is a simple, flat, distraction-free list when searching for tags or text in WorkFlowy. It works as a toggle; click once for flat lists, and again to return to the standard view. FlatFlowy is compatible with most browsers, even mobile ones.

There are two versions: Show Notes and Hide Notes. Which one you choose will depend on how you structure things in WorkFlowy. You can install both to test (or use). As of version 1.7, you can run both simultaneously; no page reload is required.

I use the Show Notes version, and here’s why: When a search yields a ton of matches, FlatFlowy can dramatically reduce the number of items to scan. You can easily toggle to view context. The Hide Notes version will omit any matches in notes, so you may not see complete search results in flat view.

View the FlatFlowy code

Big Hat Tip To: the fabulous Erica Heinz for the original CSS and screenshot. Thanks Erica!


  • Flat mode takes effect only while searching for tags or text.
  • You can open two WorkFlowy tabs and keep one flat, one standard.
  • A page refresh (F5) always clears FlatFlowy’s custom stylesheet.
  • FlatFlowy doesn’t work when viewing shared content via a shared link.
  • Important! Don’t move or multi-edit items while viewing a flat list. Since some content is hidden, you could get unexpected results.
  • Launch FlatFlowy with the keyboard in Chrome with this tip.
  • In the Show Notes version, a match in notes will not show a bullet, making clicking on a nonexistent bullet, uh, difficult. Click on the note text and press Alt+Right to zoom from flat mode.
  • FlatFlowy doesn’t work with WorkFlowy’s special search operators.

Desktop Installation:

Drag to the bookmarks bar.

  1. Make sure your bookmarks bar is showing.
  2. Open FlatFlowy’s desktop installation page.

Mobile Installation:

Create and edit the bookmark manually:

  1. Bookmark this page, and save it to your favorites folder.
  2. Select all the code in one of the boxes below and copy it to the clipboard.

    iOS Tip: Press, hold, and release on “javascript” to select it, then gently swipe down on the right grabber, until you see only the left grabber and then copy.

    This version hides notes in flat mode:

    javascript:(function(){version='FlatFlowy v1.8 Hide Notes, CSS_Toggler_v1_2';var cssDomain='';var css64='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';var cssLink='data:text/css;base64,'+css64;if(location.href.indexOf(cssDomain)==-1){return;}var ss=document.styleSheets;for(var i=0,max=ss.length;i<max;i++){if(ss[i].href==cssLink){if(ss[i].disabled==false){void(ss.item(i).disabled=true);}else{void(ss.item(i).disabled=false);}return;}}var addStyle=document.createElement('link');addStyle.rel='stylesheet';addStyle.href=cssLink;document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(addStyle);})();

    This version shows notes in flat mode:

    javascript:(function(){version='FlatFlowy v1.8 Show Notes, CSS_Toggler_v1_2';var cssDomain='';var css64='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';var cssLink='data:text/css;base64,'+css64;if(location.href.indexOf(cssDomain)==-1){return;}var ss=document.styleSheets;for(var i=0,max=ss.length;i<max;i++){if(ss[i].href==cssLink){if(ss[i].disabled==false){void(ss.item(i).disabled=true);}else{void(ss.item(i).disabled=false);}return;}}var addStyle=document.createElement('link');addStyle.rel='stylesheet';addStyle.href=cssLink;document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(addStyle);})();
  3. Open the bookmarks menu and edit the bookmark you just created.
  4. Edit the title to whatever you want.
  5. Clear the URL/Address field, and paste the code you copied above.
  6. Save your changes and exit out of the bookmarks menu.

Happy flat flowing!