This feature is available in Workflowy Beta.
Please make sure you have the Workflowy Labs toggle on in your settings panel.
The search function in Workflowy is a critical part of most user’s day-to-day flow. Having all your information live within a single space is only as useful as the tools you have to group and selectively browse that information. Search is a critical part of that experience.
Today we make search even more powerful with the addition of several new operators. These new operators give users even more ways to browse and consume their information.
What are the new operators?
These new operators allow you to search for even more types of content including mirrors, images, backlinks, colors and much more.
If you click on the search bar or hit the ESCAPE key, you’ll notice that there’s a new tab at the bottom right of the search widget. That sections contains the new operators. You can also simply type them at any point during your search and they’ll invoke the autocomplete widget.
What can I find with ‘is:’ ?
is: lets you to search for the following item types:
- Complete items
- Items that you have shared
- Items that have been shared with you
What can I find with ‘has:’ ?
has: lets you search for items that have:
What can I find with ‘text:’ and ‘highlight:’ ?
Basically, both text: and highlight: allow you to search for text based on its color or the color of its highlight.
These two new search operators are particularly interesting because they allow you to incorporate note taking systems usually reserved for paper and highlighters, and use them within Workflowy.
Now, not only do the colors provide visual cues as to what the content means, but they can also provide additional functionality.
Some ideas of what you can do with text: and highlight:
- Highlight errors when proofreading a text the only show those errors
- Highlight items you don’t remember in your study notes then only review those items
- Color code study notes by type of information to make studying more efficient (formulas, vocabulary, quotes, dates)
- Color tasks based on the day of the week they should be done
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