Tip: Make the WorkFlowy Chrome App Feel Like a Normal App (Mac)

This WorkFlowy Tip comes from Shawn Bealey. If you have a tip you’d like to share, just email blog@workflowy.com

How I use WorkFlowy

I loved WorkFlowy from the beginning. I have a lot of ideas in my head, and they distract me. So, what to do? Workflowy solved this problem. Open a browser window/tab, jot my idea thought down, get on with life. Ideas are take form with 0 % effort and in real time. I am surprised at how fast and effortless the ideas are to jot down, put in to order, re-order and share – even with non members. This is a real drop in replacement for a personal, or even corporate wiki.

My Problem

I want a desktop app.  I am not a chrome user, but there’s a Chrome App that’s kinda like a desktop app. I want to have the app, but not feel like I am working in chrome, or even have to start chrome to get to the app (saves clicks)

My Solution

1) Start Launch Pad
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2) Filter for and Select WorkFlowy.
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3) Right Click on the Dock to choose your poison:

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For Extra Awesome, Open at Login 

You can start the app in a bunch of ways. Heavy Users should go ahead and choose to open at login. Moderate Users should keep this in their Dock at all times for quick access. Light users can start it from the browser app starter.

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Expert users can start it using the finder quick find (CMD + Space; type: workflowy; select Applications: WorkFlowy or by second use Top Hit: WorkFlowy

11 thoughts on “Tip: Make the WorkFlowy Chrome App Feel Like a Normal App (Mac)

  1. You can also use the Chrome App Launcher in your Dock. All my chrome app that I use often are in here.

    1. Nope, not yet. That’s one downside of not having it in the browser. We should make a setting, though.

  2. As for me, not very useful. There is no way to increase/decrease font size, like in Firefox for example. My eyes aren’t perfect anymore and I like to use bigger fonts. So, delete it and went back to browser.

  3. Tried this, found I had to install the Chrome App Launcher before I could find Workflowy in Launchpad. Next, I did as stated, and have the icon in the dock, but most of the time I click it nothing happens.

  4. I found that with the Chrome app, when I command-tab to WorkFlowy, then command-tab again, it switches me to Chrome instead of back to the app I was originally using.

    I used the free version of Fluid to make the WorkFlowy website into a ‘desktop’ app and it’s been working great for me:


    Many thanks to the WorkFlowy guys: I love your product!

  5. Also. Command-SpaceBar to bring up spotlight, then type w-o-r you should see workflowy. In other words, the Chrome App gives spotlight integration.

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