A workaround is a method, sometimes used temporarily, for achieving a task or goal when the usual or planned method isn't working. In information technology, a workaround is often used to overcome hardware, programming, or communication problems. Once a problem is fixed, a workaround is usually abandoned. On the Internet, when a file is attached to an e-mail note, the file may be undesirably altered by programs or operating systems at the origin, destination, or points in between.
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Top definition. Typically used in regard to computers or industrial work-flow. The term "workaround" implies that there should be a quicker, more efficient, or otherwise better way to accomplish things. But also that such improved methods are unavailable due to some circumstances beyond the control of those directly involved. Computers: It's been noted that Version 2. The workaround typically used to solve this problem involves saving the file in an unusual format then manually changing the file extension.
A workaround is a bypass  of a recognized problem or limitation in a system or policy. But workarounds are frequently as creative as true solutions, involving outside the box thinking   in their creation. Typically they are considered brittle  in that they will not respond well to further pressure from a system beyond the original design. In implementing a workaround it is important to flag the change so as to later implement a proper solution. Placing pressure on a workaround may result in later system failures. For example, in computer programming workarounds are often used to address a problem or anti-pattern in a library , such as an incorrect return value. When the library is changed, the workaround may break the overall program functionality, effectively becoming an anti-pattern , since it may expect the older, wrong behaviour from the library. Workarounds can also be a useful source of ideas for improvement of products or services.