We aren’t auto-playing YouTube videos. It’s a Google bug.


A lot of people are emailing us this morning to complain that we’ve started auto-playing multiple hidden youtube videos in WorkFlowy when they load the page. We aren’t doing that!

It’s happening due to a bug that’s showing up on all sorts of sites across the internet. It seems to be related to the interaction between the Chromecast Chrome extension and YouTube. You can fix this issue by turning off the Chromecast extension.

Here’s a related bug report for Chrome and the relevant teams seem to be on it (seems it isn’t the Chrome team’s fault, but this is the only public forum I found).

Update: I just confirmed that installing the “Google Cast” extension causes the problem. 

Easily remove tags by EXPLODING THEM!!!!!

Removing a tag from lots of places in WorkFlowy can be annoying. Well, it just got easier, and more emotionally satisfying. You can hold the [alt] key and click a tag, and it will explode. On Mac, the key you hold is [command]. You’ll know a tag is ready to explode when it turns red.

The special effects are amazing, we know. But don’t be scared. Your computer isn’t really exploding.

Links for shared WorkFlowy lists just got a lot shorter. And safer.

It used to be, if you shared a list in WorkFlowy, the link looked like this monstrosity:

That was no good, so we’ve shortened it to something like this:

We’ve also made it so that if you unshare and then re-share a list, it creates a different link. It used to create the same link, which effectively meant you couldn’t change who had access to a shared list (unless you were using private sharing) without recreating the entire list.

It’s a small improvement, but a good one!

New Feature: Select Multiple Lines in Your WorkFlowy Lists

You can now select multiple items in WorkFlowy. This is one of the most exciting features we’ve released in a long time. For new users, it should just feel obvious, it should clearly work this way. For existing users, it should it should be a great relief.

It was quite complicated to implement, but it greatly improves the ease of managing and re-organizing WorkFlowy lists. Further, it is one of the last major barriers to WorkFlowy feeling like a true text editor, which is one of our overriding goals.

There are a bunch of ways to select things:

  1. Click and drag over all the items you want selected
  2. Hold alt (control/command on Mac) and click to select random items
  3. Hold shift and click to select all items between where the cursor is and your second click
  4. Hold shift and use the arrow keys
  5. Hold control/command and press “a” twice to select all visible items (the first “a” selects all the text in the current item)

Once you’ve selected some lines, you can complete, move, delete, cut, copy, indent and paste them.

We’ve tried to copy the behavior of text editors and file systems, the two areas where this type selecting action is most common. Hopefully you find the feature intuitive and useful. We’re certainly enthralled with it.

Update: An important component of this feature that I forgot to mention in the original article is exporting. Once you select some lines, you can copy or cut them, and then paste them to an external program. Much easier than an export dialog.

How I Use WorkFlowy for Recruiting

This is a guest post from Matt Ragsdale, an Account Executive with Greythorn Healthcare IT in Seattle, WA. Greyhorn works with some of the nation’s leading healthcare practices with a focus on long-term staffing projects directed at new and existing EHR implementations.

I work in staffing and I’ve referred a lot of other recruiters to WorkFlowy. I recommend it to people to help collate their boolean search strings and technical definitions. It makes it so easy to recall past searches by searching for past technical terms. Not to mention the obvious benefit of the excellent list-keeping tools WorkFlowy provides. This post describes in some detail how WorkFlowy helps me in the recruiting process.

Search Strings
When a job order or “requisition” comes in, one of the first things we have to do as recruiters is to write a Boolean search string to hunt for active candidates on the job boards and in our own Applicant Tracking System [ATS]. To this end, I have a “Search strings” list that I simply store all of my search strings in. Not organized, not by a particular technology/programming language/vertical, I just dump every iteration into one giant list. I no longer write and re-write Boolean strings, because I simply search for the term in question and then workflowy displays every search string with that term in it for me to use/customize in each search. Since I have (nearly) unlimited space, I simply leave every iteration there. This is extremely helpful when you are crafting long Boolean searches that you want to revisit or make small changes to in the future. In other words, Workflowy has saved me from having to re-invent the Boolean wheel every time I wish to search the internet for a resume. This is also very helpful when you want to mentor a new recruiter and need to come up with ideas- I just export the list and I’m done.

Listing requisitions and #hashtag per client/technology
If I want to link together previous search strings with companies and/or requisitions, all I need to do is hashtag the particular sections or definitions in my document to reference later. This is particularly useful when my manager will ask to see what search strings I used or what information I’m sourcing on at any given time. I just hashtag it with the name of my client, then search and- presto! All of my job orders along with relevant search strings are visible with one search.

List position descriptions with qualifying questions to ask per the hiring manager
When a new requisition opens, I will create a new list with the job details/requirements. Once we set up a time to speak with the hiring team, I will keep the qualify questions present in the list for reference when I speak with potential candidates. This allows me to search by hashtag for job descriptions along with relevant screening questions with just one search. In the past this had to be stored in a word doc in some folder which required that I remember where it all is and even when you did find it, you’d never get key terms highlighted. Not to mention that the mobile aspect of workflowy allows me to reference questions/job details from my phone remotely without being in front of a computer.

List acronyms with definitions
By listing various industry acronyms (which in Healthcare IT can be numerous) it allows me to search for reference materials simply by acronym. Find the definition once, then never have to search for it again. It even pops up with my search strings if I search from the main page which can help jog my memory or help me remember related terms.

The best part about all of this is that when I search for a term or technology that I wish to search for, when I search from the main page I get everything: All the acronyms, research materials, related definitions, links, and Boolean search strings! (The search strings section was too large to include, but you get the idea). In the case below I am searching for the name of a hospital software billing module called “Resolute.” When I search from the main page I get a wealth of information that I’ve collated over the years all in one place. Brilliant!