You may have noticed that you can no longer double click on the WorkFlowy logo or the title of the zoomed item to expand all. I’m sure this is frustrating to a lot of people, and I wanted to explain why we did it and what our plans are in relation to expand all.
But first, let it be noted that you can still expand all the items for a given bullet by double clicking the expand button, and when editing the zoomed item, you can control/command+up/down to expand or collapse everything in the list one level at a time. So you may still be able to meet your expand and collapse needs.
But onward to the reasons and our plans
Expanding all can lock up your WorkFlowy
Right now, expanding all on a large section of your WorkFlowy can lead to serious performance issues that make WorkFlowy unusable and require manual intervention by us. Fixing these performance issues is a priority of ours for the next quarter, and then people will be able to expand all without any issues, and we hope they will do so with abandon.
This is the main reason we disabled these two common mechanisms of expanding all. They were leading to people being essentially locked out of their accounts.
Accidental double clicks on the zoomed item
There was an additional reason for disabling the double click on the zoomed item, though. A lot of people double click to select words. The zoomed item title is editable text, so people double click it all the time to select text, and instead it expands all. If it is a large section, it expands all and locks their account up, because they now have way to much stuff expanded. Adding an unintended side-effect, especially a potentially debilitating one, to a common text editing action seems like a bad idea, so we’re correcting it. Yes, it took a long time. Yes, maybe you were used to it and want it back. We are sorry for any annoyance this causes.
Expanding all is important and useful, and we will bring it back. Here’s the plan:
- Fix the performance issues with expand all, so that WorkFlowy is super speedy regardless of how much stuff you have expanded.
- Bring back expand all, most likely in a much more explicit fashion (like, with labelled buttons rather than magically double clicking in certain places).
There you have it.
Sorry for any trouble this causes people until we fix the performance issues of expand all.