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Sidebar & Navigation

Sidebar & Navigation

There are multiple ways to navigate in Workflowy and move items around.


As you zoom in, a path of breadcrumbs is created and shown in the menu bar.You can click these breadcrumbs at any part along the path to zoom out to that section.

When the breadcrumb path is too long, a set of ellipses will be shown '···'. You can mouse over these ellipses to see the rest of the hidden path and click on any of the parts.


The left-hand sidebar allows you to quickly jump to different sections of your Workflowy and also drag and drop items from the current document to a new location.

You can click on the hamburger icon in the top-left side of the menu bar to toggle the sidebar.

If the sidebar is already visible, you can click on the arrow icon to hide it.

STARRED section

The left-hand sidebar has two main parts, the first is the 'STARRED' section that shows all your starred items and searches. This is where you can click on the items to navigate to them or un-star them.

HOME section

The second section is the 'HOME' section. This is where you'll find the entire layout of your Workflowy.  You can use this section to navigate within your Workflowy or add items.

Create items from the sidebar

You can add items directly in the left-hand sidebar without having to navigate to the section first.

1. Open the left-hand sidebar
2. Navigate to the section where you want to add items
3. Hover over the parent item where you'll add nested item
4. Click on the➕  icon to the right of the item or expand the item and click on the '➕ New node' button

These steps will add a nested item and navigate to that new item.

Move items into the sidebar

You can move items from the current workspace into a different section of your Workflowy by dragging-and-dropping them into the sidebar.

1. Open the left-hand sidebar
2. Navigate to the section you want to move items into in the sidebar
3. Drag-and-drop the item you want to move from your workspace into the sidebar

If you hold SHIFT on your keyboard and then drag-and-drop an item into the sidebar, then instead of moving an item, you'll create a live copy and drop the copy into the new location.

Jump to another section

You can use the keyboard to jump to different sections of your Workflowy via the “Jump to” menu.

1. Hit Win: CTRL + K, Mac: CMD + K on your keyboard
2. Start typing the name of the item where you want to go to
3. Hit ENTER on your keyboard once you've found the correct item

Any starred items you have will show up first in the search results of the jump menu.