Slash Command Is Out in Labs – let us know what you think!

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September 30, 2022

Hey there folks, this week we have a couple of exciting updates to share with you!

Slash command is out in labs✨

That’s right, this week we released the slash command to labs 🎉

We’ve been working on this feature for some time now and are ready to share what we think is a pretty useful feature.

The slash command allows you to use the ‘/’ key on your keyboard to quickly access most of the commands you can perform in Workflowy without taking your hands off the keyboard. There are already a bunch of commands available and more are coming soon as new features are released to labs.

If you’d like to try them out:

  • Go to ‘Settings’
  • Make sure ‘Workflowy labs’ is toggled on
  • Toggle on ‘Slash command
  • Experience the speed and power of slash command

Check out the documentation to learn more about the feature.

Just want to get right to it?

Then here’s our super-quick guide to use the feature.

1. After a space, hit the ‘/‘ key to bring up the slash command.
2. start typing the name of the ‘Type‘ or the ‘Action‘ you want to use, the widget will show only options that match what you type. Then hit ‘Enter‘ to perform the change or command.
3. You can also use your arrow keys to choose a ‘Type‘ or ‘Action‘. Then hit ‘Enter‘ to perform the change or command.

Be sure to let us know what you think about the feature or how you’re using it in the comments below. 📣

We read and discuss all the comments made about the labs features so please share any thoughts about the feature you think might be useful for us to know.

Workflowy user group

If you’re not already part of the Workflowy user group or ‘WUG’ for short – it’s essentially the official slack group where some of the most active members of the community gather to discuss Workflowy (and non-Workflowy) topics.

This group of folks also plays an important role in helping us kick the tires on new features before they go to labs. That means they’re the first to know when a new feature is added.

This week we released a feature to the WUG that’s super useful if you do any sort of long-form writing in Workflowy. ✍️ We don’t usually write about these releases because these features tend to be a little rough around the edges and might take some more tweaking before they’re ready for a labs release.

If that sounds exciting and you’d like to be on the cutting edge of Workflowy’s development, here’s a link to join in on the fun. Workflowy user group

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One last thing. Be sure to follow us on our social media accounts to keep up with the latest news and releases. If you want to keep up with what we’re cooking up next but don’t want to check the blog everyday, following our social accounts is the way to go.

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As always, let us know what you think and we’ll see you in the next update. 🇺🇦

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Sasha
Sasha
1 month ago

I find the new to-do feature to be redundant. Which seems to go against workflowy’s principles of minimalism. I can accomplish to-do items by marking them complete. This adds an extra step and doesn’t seem to serve a purpose.

Not a complaint. I don’t mind it. But one of the things that makes workflowy so magical is the restraint in number of features. Sure there are features I would like to have, but overall the whole system works really well. Apps like Legend and Dynalist have more types of items than workflowy, but they introduce honestly just don’t do the job as well.

Anyway. Keep up the good work! Can’t wait for paragraphs and publishing options!

Marcin Szymoniak
Marcin Szymoniak
1 month ago

Nice feature ! I am working in IT and I love using worfklowy to manage my private and business projects.
However I am still waiting for possibility to prepare my workflow board based on filters.
Mirrors are first step to do it , like now one can prepare board of few items mirrored from different location/space.
However the most valueable for us users and also for you as company would be ‘filters management’.
I mean the first thing is using it as I said in workflow to generate boards (lets say using filters saved in left bookmark), but ALSO defining filters should be more enhanced – now you cannot for example preapre filter with NOT statement , cannot build some complicated quries.
I think this is BIG step you can do for community.

Regards, Marcin

jbzen300
jbzen300
1 month ago

Probably something that works like “SMART PLAYLIST” on iTunes 🙂 + “live updating”

I could dream/imagine a board with #tagged items, highlights, mentions, etc 🙂

jbzen300
jbzen300
1 month ago

Hi team; nice addition…

I personally have one big issue (among many small ones) that’s been going on at least since I started using WF almost 2 years ago…

  1. THE STARRED ITEMS (BOOKMARK) – on the mac osx app… if I work offline and add new items and go online… the “app” will reset/remove them… sometimes to a previous “state” – so it changes my latest starred items with the previous; sometimes it does so “randomly” after I’ve disconnected from the net… 15-30 minutes… the starred item bar is almost useless for it’s purpose; I’ve been talking about this and the answer has always been : “we don’t know how to fix it”
  2. you guys promote the slack channel but I had my account deleted and other “phantom” accounts deleted just because I’ve posted real issues that happen in the app… and the admin didn’t want them public… also a lot of my posts where unanswered… so that’s that…
  3. a ton of small UIX issues are present in the app; that seams to not bother anyone ???

The team is quick to add new features and slow to fix old ones… therefore bugs are scaling up too… #priorities

PS: please be honest + don’t delete this message…

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jbzen300
jbzen300
1 month ago
Reply to  jbzen300

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jbzen300
jbzen300
1 month ago
Reply to  jbzen300

#another-one

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jbzen300
jbzen300
1 month ago
Reply to  Rodolfo Lopez

Thanks for the sincere reply RL.

But I can’t still wrap my head around the fact that the “starred items / bookmarks disappearing on sync” 2+ YEARS issue/bug is not a priority or hard to fix… + I see the bookmark bar “promoted” by workflowy team as an alternative to TABS… but yeah, doesn’t work (at least not offline)

MAC OSX OFFLINE APP

  • losses starred items/bookmarks on sync
  • can’t add images offline
  • can’t add files offline
  • can’t delete trash offline
  • if the mac crashes (happens 1x/month), I need online connection to “manually” load every image in my system, otherwise I see blank/gray images…

I learned to live without or around these things… I like the app very much… it’s really a notebook with super-powers but those super-powers are “locked” at-the-moment… #superman-with-kryptonite-in-all-of-his-pockets #fix-bugs-don’t-let-them-crawl

I know the team is doing their best, and the app is getting better… but someone has to say these things… don’t mind me #not-a-hater!

All the best!

PS: delete accounts on slack only for posting bugs, not interacting with other users or spam… had these issues on zendesk too… #swept-under-the-carpet

ANN
ANN
1 month ago

Is there a way to search on the “type” specifically the new “to-do” type?

Also are there any plans to print from the Iphone?

ANN
ANN
1 month ago
Reply to  Rodolfo Lopez

Thanks for your quick reply. Once the todo is searchable then it will be useful to me. For now, I have to stick to tags. 🙁

I have search criteria that produces a view and I would like to print that view from my Iphone. It doesn’t seem possible to print from my Iphone in the workflowy app.

ANN
ANN
15 days ago
Reply to  Rodolfo Lopez

Hi Rodolfo! I just noticed that the “to do” search operator has been added!!! That is terrific. Thanks so much, now I can update my system. 😉

Sam Marrocco
Sam Marrocco
1 month ago

Doesn’t seem to work for me on Windows 11/Workflowy app v22.-6.14.1309. Labs and Slash are enabled in dark mode, rebooted and restarted app, but the only thing that appears when typing a slash is a small popup containing “Duplicate” and no other options. Anything typed after the slash leave up the white popup, after two characters are types the white popup text disappears (but leaves up the white block) and all typing is with white type on a white background.until you click on another line. If I switch to default/light mode, the text is readable and highlighted as you type.

Also, what if you are typing, and you just want to type a ‘slash’ character in your text? Is there a way to escape the slash command?

Will Dollis
Will Dollis
1 month ago
Reply to  Sam Marrocco

I had to have a space between my text and the slash mark, then as soon as I typed the slash mark, the list of commands appeared.

However, if I put a space after the slash mark, I expected all the commands to disappear, but three remained. When I put two spaces after the slash mark, just one command option remained. I considered this an annoying bug, but if other users experience it, I’m sure WorkFlowy will do something about it.

All in all, the slash command feature has potential.

As for the headings and paragraphs, I love the idea, but I don’t like how they add additional space above and below that (paragraph) node. I wish the default vertical space was the same as for bullets.

Will Dollis
Will Dollis
1 month ago
Reply to  Rodolfo Lopez

Good to hear.

Sam Marrocco
Sam Marrocco
1 month ago
Reply to  Will Dollis

Will,
I tried as you suggested. The space (either before or after the slash) doesn’t matter. All I get is a popup with the work ‘Duplicate’ as an option.For what it’s worth, selecting “Duplicate” makes a copy of the current line’s item in a new row.

Sam Marrocco
Sam Marrocco
1 month ago
Reply to  Rodolfo Lopez

Rudolfo,
Updating the app cured the issue, thanks for the tip!
I sugest you make it so that only post-compatible versions of Workflowy show the slash option as available.to avoid the issue.

Will Dollis
Will Dollis
1 month ago
Reply to  Sam Marrocco

There could be a header pop-up to remind users to update the app to get the newest features.

Carlos Rebolledo Aguirre
Carlos Rebolledo Aguirre
1 month ago

Estimados, realmente feliz con todas las nuevas funciones en Lab.

Mis agradecimientos y felicitaciones.

Nota: Sería bueno agregar H3 y:

  • # = H1
  • ## = H2
  • [] for To-do
  • – = Bullet

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