Alt+Shift+9/0 (Windows) :: Ctrl+Shift+9/0 (Mac)
Over the last couple of months I’ve received a lot of emails inquiring about two of WorkFlowy’s hidden keyboard shortcuts I wrote about in my book – mainly because there’ve been a couple of teething problems. The Baby teeth were originally Ctrl+9/0 for both Mac and Windows. These apparently conflicted with Mac systems shortcuts and so the baby teeth gave way to the “Permanent” teeth: Ctrl+Shift+9/0. Then on the Windows side, many got a severe toothache, which allowed them to chew only on the left side of their mouth. So Windows users went in for a root canal (and an extraction it turns out), giving us the now few-day old Alt+Shift+9/0. Now we can all sink our teeth into any of our lists and chew through them backwards and forwards.
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The Alt+Shift+9/0 (Windows) and Ctrl+Shift+9/0 (Mac) keyboard shortcuts enable one to flip through any set of sibling lists as if they were pages in a book. You could even create some flip book ASCII animations like my first attempt below:
Here’s the shared list for that simple outline. See if you can get the rocket to take off. If you went ahead and actually tried out these shortcuts then my mission is accomplished. Just like a honey and cream cheese sandwich, you have no idea what you’re missing out on until the day you bite into one.
This brilliant set of shortcuts allow one to jump/ shift from one zoomed-in sibling list directly to another adjacent one without zooming out and then zooming back in. There are tons of use cases for this pair of keyboard shortcuts… and it makes absolute sense when you use them within your own lists. It’s not as much fun seeing it play out in other people’s lists… but I’ll give you a peak at one possibility below. I do a lot of journaling in WorkFlowy. Often I like to flip back and forth between my entries:
Once you get used to these shortcuts, you’ll begin to depend on them and make them a serious part of your workflow. Having gone a period without them, I was actually ready to barter my eye teeth with the tooth fairy to have them back again. Thankfully Mike Turitzin came through just before Christmas with my replacement 2 front teeth.
If you’d like a geekier explanation and some additional use cases (including 7 animated GIF links), you’re welcome to download 2 pages I tore out of my book.
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