How can I add parentheses to my Workflowy searches?

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi Andrich,

    Have you got a real-life example in a shared outline that I could take a look at and tinker?

    ~ Frank

     

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    Andrich

    Hi Frank,

    Sure, I have created the following outline to illustrate the issue:

    https://workflowy.com/s/shared/Fq7sdirfifuTdxRX

    Effectively, if I am looking for to filter items that are either #home or #garden and @current or @urgent, I am not sure how to build the query, in theory something like this:

    (#home OR #garden) (@current OR @urgent) or

    (#home OR #garden) AND (@current OR @urgent)

    I have figured out how to find all items that are #home or #garden and @current by doing:

    #home @current OR #garden @current

    but if I add a second OR it doesn't work:

    #home @current OR #garden @current OR @urgent

    finds items that are not tagged with #home or #current.

    Please let me know if there is something else I can help with.

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    Hi Andrich,

    I think you've definitely exhausted the possibilities... we can't do a double "OR" search in WorkFlowy. It seems like either a broader search within a larger category works (searching for all "@current OR @next" tags within a context)... or more specific searches ("#home @current OR #garden @current" / or just "#home @current").

    We can't currently do the "middle-ground" search you're wanting..

    My suggestion would be to set up 2 saved searches:

    1. #home @current OR #garden @current

    2. #home @next OR #garden @next

    To save these searches you can star the page when you've searched for either one of the above strings... and then you can click on both of them in succession in your left bar to filter one at a time. 

    Another solution might be to set up a distinct Home & Garden list... and when you've zoomed in on that, you can search for @next OR @current. That's what I would do. You can still have separate "Home" and "Garden" lists under the main title to visually organize them... but now you can do a search from within that category. I hope this makes sense!

     

     

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    Andrich

    Hi Frank,

    Thanks, that confirms what I thought. I will probably look at creating dedicated lists as your proposed.

    +1 for great support.

    Have a good day.

    Regards

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    Frank (Workflowy Support)

    You're welcome, Andrich!

    Another thing to play around with is that you can group any combination of categories together under a temporary node (which you can call anything) for the purpose of filtering for specific tags once zoomed in. Maybe add some Kanban into the mix :-)... as in some "to do", "doing" and "done" stages.

     

    ~ Frank

     

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