- 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 Chrome 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 Stylish, WorkFlowy To Google Calendar,
Clip To WorkFlowy, and WorkFindy to name a few.You can access mostsome extensions via keyboard shortcuts orthe right click menu.
Update! Unfortunately, changes in Chrome 49 have neutered Chrome Extension keyboard shortcuts in Window mode. The Chrome gods giveth, and the Chrome gods taketh away.
- Copy Bullet URLs via right click on the bullet.
- Back/Forward Navigation via right click menu
- Find on Page via Ctrl+F (and Ctrl+G to quickly navigate through them)
- Increase/Decrease Font Size via Ctrl & +/-
- Search Google by selecting text, and right clicking
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 > Add to desktop..
(No menu item? See instructions below)
- Name it as you like, leave Open as window checked, and click Add.
- Voila! Chrome creates a desktop shortcut to your shiny new WorkFlowy 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.
How To Restore a Missing “Add to desktop” Menu:
- Enter ‘chrome://flags‘ into the address bar.
- Type Ctrl+F and search for ‘The new bookmark app system‘
(For languages other than English, search for translations of ‘bookmark’and scan the hits.)
- Click on the drop-down menu and change to Enabled or Default
- Click the RELAUNCH NOW button at the bottom
- Chrome will restart, and More tools > Add to desktop is restored.
Note: You may need to close Chrome and launch again for the change to take effect.
Alternate Method: WorkFlowy Bookmark
- Install WorkFlowy Bookmark from the Chrome Web Store
- Inside the Chrome App Launcher, right click on the shortcut and select “Open in window” and you’re done.
Note: With WorkFlowy Bookmark you will have a single shortcut launching to the home page, but you can launch multiple instances, unlike the Chrome App.
Alternate Method #2: Convert To Popup
Update 6/5/2017: This is now my preferred method for creating WorkFlowy Windows.
- Create WorkFlowy Windows instantly and on-demand with the Convert To Popup Chrome extension.
- Activate via the toolbar icon or keyboard shortcut to convert the current tab into a distraction-free window.
- Or right click on a WorkFlowy bullet (or any link) and select Open in Popup Window.
- Works on any tab or link, not just WorkFlowy.