Note: This post updated (Nov 2018) for Chrome 70.
- Offline support: A requirement if your internet connection is patchy or non-existent.
- Focus: WorkFlowy is all about focus. The app offers a clean window with no bookmarks bar, no address bar, and no tabs to distract you.
- Workflow: some users simply prefer a separate window vs keeping a tab open in the browser.
So, What is “WorkFlowy Window”?
Confession: It’s a name I made up… for a feature already baked into Chrome. If you are a Chrome-ninja, you probably already know about it. But I suspect many non-ninjas (and even some ninjas) may not be aware of some compelling advantages WorkFlowy Window offers over the Chrome app.
First, let’s talk about what WorkFlowy Window can’t do, and it’s a biggie: Offline. If your internet connection is reliably patchy or non-existent, you can stop reading. In fact, I still use the Desktop App, but only in offline situations.
The Compelling Advantages Stuff:
If your internet connection is non-patchy and reliably existent, and it’s the focus and workflow you desire, WorkFlowy Window gives you that and much more:
- Multiple instances: You can put WorkFlowy Windows side by side. While you can’t drag bullets between them, you can use the standard edit operations (including multi-edit) to copy, cut and paste bullets between the two.
- Custom Shortcuts: Speaking of multiple, you can setup custom shortcuts to launch instances into specific nodes… make one for “Work” and one for “Personal”.
- Chrome Extensions! That means Stylus, WorkFlowy To Google Calendar, Clip To WorkFlowy, and Tampermonkey to name a few. You can access extensions via keyboard shortcuts or the right click menu. As of Chrome 70, there is now a 3 dot menu icon in the title bar you click for icon access.
- Copy Bullet URLs via right click on the bullet, or click the 3 dot icon for the zoom parent.
- Find on Page via Ctrl+F (and Ctrl+G to quickly navigate through them)
- Search Google by selecting text, and right clicking
- Cleaner toolbar with no Edit-View-Window menu
- Spellcheck turn it on or off, just like in Chrome.
Sounds Good, How Do I Do This?
- Launch WorkFlowy in Chrome. (Zoom on a specific bullet if desired)
- Click the Chrome’s Customize icon (3 dots) in the upper right.
- Select More Tools > Create Shortcut
- Name it as you like, and click Create.
- Voila! Chrome creates a shortcut to your shiny new WorkFlowy Window.
- Access the shortcut via your Desktop or chrome://apps .
- If your shortcut opens in a browser tab: open chrome://apps > Right Click the shortcut > Check “Open as window”
Windows Tip: If you want to pin this to your Windows Taskbar, launch the desktop shortcut, and pin that instance to the taskbar by right clicking on the icon.