Chromebook keyboard shortcut for selecting text

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi Collin,

    Thanks for reporting! Would you mind telling me if the following shortcuts also work for indenting/ outdenting (in addition to the hijacked Ctrl+Shift+Left/ Right):

    1. Tab/ Shift+Tab

    2. Alt+Shift+Left/ Alt+Shift+Right

     

    ~ Frank

     

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    Collin Vine

    Hey Frank, I just tried both and it didn't work for indenting / outdenting. Maybe those could be alternatives?

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi Collin,

    That's the thing... those are the official shortcuts. It seems Chromebook has a mind of its own and we are not able to read it :-(

     

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    Alfred Peters

    I switch platforms all the time between Linux, ChromeOS, windows, and Mac. I feel y'all on the shortcut woes... I'd recommend trying the vimflowy extension. I use it because I want my muscle memory to be the same everywhere, and Vim key bindings are incredibly useful. If you can handle the learning curve it will be very beneficial.

    https://github.com/Wojnach/vimflowy

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    Alfred Peters

    Basic Vim primer:
    1. Vim is modal. Meaning, depending on what "mode" you're in, keys do different things. Ie. "o" creates a new line in "Normal" mode and types 'o' like a regular keyboard in "Insert" mode.
    2. In general this means you're navigating and performing actions like select text, copy, paste, etc. with your hands still on the home row. This reduces wrist injury and increases speed.
    3. Not having to use your mouse to edit your files and navigating with just your keyboard (for example, Ctrl+j allows you to jump to any visible node on the screen, super fast) makes you look like a super hacker and impresses everyone with your skillz!
    4. Though seriously, worth trying imho. :)

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    Collin Vine

    I switch between Mac and ChomeOS and definitely struggle with the keyboard shortcut muscle memory. I'll take a look at vimflowy, thanks for the recommendation.

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    Collin Vine

    Hey Frank, an edit to my above answer: the tab / shift + tab keyboard shortcut works. 

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Thank you for confirming, @Collin!

    Also, @Alfred... I'm embarrassed to admit... never tested out Vimflowy (as a regular WorkFlowy user). Has it specifically been built around WorkFlowy by a WorkFlowy user?

     

     

     

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    Alfred Peters

    Sorry @Frank! Missed the mention somehow. :) I'm pretty sure it was built specifically for WorkFlowy. At least the extension only recognizes the WorkFlowy domain for activation. You should really try it out. It's a 1 click install and can be disabled just as easily. I don't know if you've ever used Vim before but if you haven't give it about 1.5 weeks to build that muscle memory. It's a bit like riding a bike lol. Lots of stumbling around in the beginning but you'll fly once you find your balance. :)

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/vimflowy/jhoonlfajlaihdlcocigbpeacapaepng?hl=en

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    Ara

    Is there any fix for this on Chromebooks? Using CTRL+SHIFT+arrow keys to select words is super important for me. Without it, it really slows down my flow. :(

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    Ben G Schrader

    I would really love to be able to highlight a single word on Chrome, does anybody have a fix for this? CTRL+Shift+Left/Right Arrow causes an indent instead of highlighting the word.

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    Collin Vine

    I fixed it by using the Linux app. The keyboard shortcut works at intended. I'd recommend using that on your chromebook

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    Ben G Schrader

    @Collin, thanks for pointing out the Linux app. That works as expected and seems to remove all of the frustrations I've had with using Workflowy on Chromebook. I tried Vimflowy, which is pretty cool, but there's a learning curve and it still couldn't do some things like exploding tags and using the shortcut CTRL+Shift+Arrows to select words.

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    David Kristoffersson

    Yes, this has been an issue for me ever since I started using chromebooks back in 2016. I've no idea why it hasn't been fixed. I reported it in the bug system once, I think.

    I found a solution by installing a javascript addition (using violentmonkey). You can find it here: https://greasyfork.org/en/scripts/388097-fix-workflowy-shortcuts-on-chromebook.

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