Numbering & Sorting

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    Roland

    I created a Javascript plugin which automatically sorts all Workflowy bullets alphabetically + numerically. Bullets are sorted on all pages, and sorting can be applied via HotKey. If anyone has any feature requests or bugs, please submit an Issue on Github. Enjoy! https://github.com/rsynnest/workflowy-sort

     

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    Daniel O'Donnell

    Dynamic legal numbering would be amazing:

     

    1.

    1.1

    1.1.1

    1.1.1 (a) (i)

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    Roland

    Hi Daniel,

    My workflowy-sort script will sorts legal numbering perfectly well. Currently it does not allow any manual re-ordering of bullets because it forces alphabetical and numeric ordering of all bullets everywhere.

    You can find setup instructions and caveats on the Github page (linked at the top of this comment)

    -Roland

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    J. Moakley - SN

    Roland, 

    I installed it and enabled it but then nothing seems to happened but then I realized that it was happening almost instantly as I turned them on. I didn't even see them switch places at all. So check to see if it is actually organized alphabetically, then you'll know if it's working. 

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    rawbytz

    Here are couple on-demand sorting utilities for WorkFlowy.
    Sorting Bullets in WorkFlowy, Easy as 1-2-3

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    Roland

    @rawbytz This is beautiful! This is what I was hoping my tool would look like if I had the time and effort and JS skill. If I'm not mistaken it looks like you even figured out how to use some of Workflowy's own minified JS functions? Very nice work. 

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    rawbytz

    Thanks Roland! I had modified your script to be on-demand-only and that served as inspiration for this. Even stole your shortcut combination ;)

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    GERRIT MAES

    Great work guys! This tool is just what I was looking for. Thanks a bunch

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    Meir G.

    Is there a numbered list option at this time?

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Nothing as of yet! 

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    Andy Thacker

    Hi Frank, now that boards have been added as an option, it definitely makes sense to include a third option 'numbers'. Thanks.

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    KJ Yancy

    Another long time user up vote for numbering.

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    Jim

    I use WF all the time and love it.  We started using it at work but it didn't meet our needs there because of the lack of ability to have multiple "fields" per entry (think columns).  Having the nested items worked great but we wanted something where you could add "columns" or "fields" to the items/rows.  An example use case would be a task list.  Each task would be an item in the list and the extra columns/fields would be for due date, assigned date, user who added the task, and user assigned to the task.  Then we'd want capability to sort the list by any of those columns/fields. 

    Regarding the numbering everyone is requesting, with the system I describe above, you could add a field/column for the numbers.

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi James,

    I think you may be looking for boards:

    https://blog.workflowy.com/2020/06/10/fractal-boards-a-new-way-to-organize/

     

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    Jim

    Thanks for the suggestion. 

    While boards could achieve part of what we wanted in being able to view who was working on what and move it around and such, we really wanted something more like a table structure or database where where each item (row) has multiple fields (columns) so we could track due dates, task creation dates, who created the task and who was assigned to it.  Every task would need this additional data and when you try to add all that as text and tags on each item in the boards, it gets crowded and clunky very fast and doesn't flow very well visually. 

    What we really need is a live spreadsheet software that's nest-able and zoom-able like Workflowy.

    We tried Smartsheets but it's not live and had a number of other issues so we ended up simplifying our task list and just put it in a Google Sheet.  Unfortunately the big thing we miss with that is that it doesn't have the beautiful nesting structure you get with Workflowy.  You can nest rows but the nesting gets completely scrambled when you filter and sort which makes it pretty much useless for our purposes.

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    Alfred Peters

    This os something I've been looking for for AGES lol... It would be so, incredibly, powerful.

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    Roland

    If you want something like that, https://notion.so is a really powerful tool to check out. It has a lot more complex object types like tables that could do exactly what you describe, and everything is click+dragable, and undo-able. It's really a great tool but more complex than workflowy.

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