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Yeah, this would be handy. In the meantime, what I've done is taken some of the simpler workflows that just perform one command and put them all in one workflow, like so:

 

Helps a little bit with the sidebar clutter. ;)

 

In which case, being able to copy and paste objects between flows would be highly desirable

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  • 3 years later...

I put my workflows in Categories and filter the view as needed.

https://www.alfredapp.com/help/workflows/organising-workflows/

An advantage here is that the category is stored with the workflow metadata, so it can be read without needing to find a way to query Alfred's UI to get the enclosing folder, and/or automatically change a folder field when the user drags stuff around in the UI.

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I have about 1,000 workflows installed and it would be extremely helpful to have a more powerful way to sort workflows, categories are not enough for me. Being able to make folders to group workflows in Alfred Preferences would be handy. This doesn't already exist right?

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13 hours ago, deanishe said:

 

That's a ridiculous number. It's not surprising you have difficulty managing them.

 

Yeah... LOL! I went through the websites and downloaded every one I could find and messed around with them. I found some surprising uses for ones that I never would have downloaded had I not done that. Eventually I'll clear some of them out but It's low on my list. Grouping them would hide most of the ones away. I do have most of the ones I wouldn't use disabled so they don't appear but... Yeah. There's always a few crazies like me but I'm trying to take full advantage of Alfred & everything it can do. 

 

There's always going to be a few people that would benefit from folders, and the people that don't necessarily want them now might end up using them if they're ever implemented. This post goes all the way back to 2013 so it's something people would probably still want. 

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6 hours ago, Undertaker01 said:

There's always going to be a few people that would benefit from folders, and the people that don't necessarily want them now might end up using them if they're ever implemented.


“A few people” is an important keyphrase. When a feature is considered, it has to be weighed on its cost (how difficult will it be to implement; how will it disrupt other features and how many users that will inconvenience and to which degree) versus its benefits (how many users will benefit how much from its existence).

 

Has Folders for Organising Workflows crossed the threshold to where it’s worth to be implemented to the detriment of something else? (This is inescapable: if you spend time on one feature, you do not spend it on another.) @Andrew and @Vero have shown to have a good pulse for this over the years and I trust their call. I’d wager that at this point they’ve considered this and had it at least marinate.

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53 minutes ago, Undertaker01 said:

I would definitely pin the workflows that I'm working on

 

I name those with leading _. And if one needs further priority, I add more. When they’re ready, there is a single visible place that needs changing.

 

This is not an argument against pinning, I’m just explaining the method I use and that you may want to replicate.

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3 minutes ago, vitor said:

 

I name those with leading _. And if one needs further priority, I add more. When they’re ready, there is a single visible place that needs changing.

 

This is not an argument against pinning, I’m just explaining the method I use and that you may want to replicate.

 

Good Idea! I use a similar thing for files in finder, somehow I didn't think to do that to Alfred workflows... I'll start doing this!

 

The ability to pin still would be great, though!

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15 minutes ago, Undertaker01 said:

The ability to pin still would be great, though!

 

Then create a category called "Pinned" and put the workflows in it.

 

The whole "the Alfred team has very limited resources for implementing new features" message isn't really getting through to you, is it?

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15 minutes ago, deanishe said:

 

Then create a category called "Pinned" and put the workflows in it.

 

The whole "the Alfred team has very limited resources for implementing new features" message isn't really getting through to you, is it?

 

I'm not demanding new features, I'm saying I would like it to be introduced at some point. In my mind, if the developers see that users want a feature they'll be more likely to implement it. When I think of something that will improve Alfred I will mention it. If anything, someone will provide a solution to what I want to do. I'm trying to take full advantage of Alfred. I now know of a way to list workflows at the top with "_" and I wouldn't have done thought of that for some time had I not brought it up. I apologize if I have gone too far.

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29 minutes ago, Undertaker01 said:

If anything, someone will provide a solution to what I want to do.

 

Then why don't you ask how to solve your problem first? What's so special about your issues that you don't need to bother asking "how do I?" and can skip straight to "add this for me"?

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In fairness, my general impression is @Undertaker01 does indeed ask first. A handful of their recent posts in the Feature Suggestions subforum were initially in Workflow Help & Questions and moved by me when I found it appropriate (they should be easy to find because I commented when moving).

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