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formatting within a task

SK

Anyone know how you can make a list within a task? For example, a shopping list with returns such as:
Go to hardware store for:
nails
hammer
tape measure
paint
painter's tape

I've copied and pasted lists into Todoist and the formatting was retained, but I haven't figure out the magic keystrokes to make returns at will.

Anyone?

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David Trey staff
Replied on Jan 18, 2013 - 11:37

Hello Sarah,

The best way to create such task list is to make a parent task called "Go to hardware store" and then add each part of your shopping list as a sub-task so "nails", "hammer" etc. would be the child tasks.

To create a sub-task, simply click on the arrow icons on the right side of the task input field or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+RightArrow while adding or editing a task to indent it.


Best regards,
David

SK
sarah kirn
Replied on Jan 18, 2013 - 12:25

Hi David,

Yes, I know about parent and child tasks. I was specifically interested in how to create lists within a task - within a single child task or a single parent task. Sounds like you don't know how to do that.

For now I'll stick with my workaround.

cheers,
Sarah

David Trey staff
Replied on Jan 18, 2013 - 13:07

Sarah,

We recommend to use the Todoist Premium feature - task notes to add more text to a task. You could break a line within a task using Ctrl+M, but it's a no longer supported feature and we advise against using it as it may and will affect the display of such tasks on our mobile apps and we can't guarantee that it will be supported in the future.


Best regards,
David

SK
sarah kirn
Replied on Jan 18, 2013 - 13:14

OK. Thanks.

cheers,
Sarah

Nathan Brimmer premium
Replied on Aug 06, 2014 - 00:38

I am super-frustrated by the inability to add line breaks, or any sort of formatting to tasks in ToDoist.

I really like your program, but am very turned off by your heavy handed, "work the way we tell you to work" philosophy. For now, you are lucky the rest of your product is so slick, but someday the marketplace will catch up with your features, and then someone will differentiate their app by actually listening to their users.

Can you actually not conceive of a reason that a user would want a nicely formatted task, right there on the task list, without having to click into a notes section? I'm not asking for the moon, I'd just like to be able to add line breaks so that my tasks are more readable. I do a lot of project management (herding cats) and often have to add updates to a task. Yes, I could put all of my updates into a note, but I would rather be able to see them all on one screen without clicking. Who are you to tell me that my workflow is wrong? I am very tired of the "we know best how you should work" attitude from ToDoist staff.

All I am asking for is the same feature that is in this very text entry box, and almost every other text entry box in any application, web or otherwise, allows - the ability to hit the enter key without saving my entry and closing my editing session. This is not a "far out" request.

Currently I use <br><br> inline within my task entry to force a line break, but that is very much more cumbersome than hitting <enter>, and also when I edit the task later the formatting doesn't apply (applies when viewing the task, but not while editing), and everything is all mashed together and hard to make sense of.

I look forward to your reply.


Regards,

NB

Nathan Brimmer premium
Replied on Aug 06, 2014 - 00:50

David,

Which post is easier to read/understand, this one, or the one above?

I am super-frustrated by the inability to add line breaks, or any sort of formatting to tasks in ToDoist. I really like your program, but am very turned off by your heavy handed, "work the way we tell you to work" philosophy. For now, you are lucky the rest of your product is so slick, but someday the marketplace will catch up with your features, and then someone will differentiate their app by actually listening to their users. Can you actually not conceive of a reason that a user would want a nicely formatted task, right there on the task list, without having to click into a notes section? I'm not asking for the moon, I'd just like to be able to add line breaks so that my tasks are more readable. I do a lot of project management (herding cats) and often have to add updates to a task. Yes, I could put all of my updates into a note, but I would rather be able to see them all on one screen without clicking. Who are you to tell me that my workflow is wrong? I am very tired of the "we know best how you should work" attitude from ToDoist staff. All I am asking for is the same feature that is in this very text entry box, and almost every other text entry box in any application, web or otherwise, allows - the ability to hit the enter key without saving my entry and closing my editing session. This is not a "far out" request. Currently I use <br><br> inline within my task entry to force a line break, but that is very much more cumbersome than hitting <enter>, and also when I edit the task later the formatting doesn't apply (applies when viewing the task, but not while editing), and everything is all mashed together and hard to make sense of. I look forward to your reply. Regards, NB

That is right, we use paragraphs for a reason! Because they allow us to separate our thoughts into bite-sized concepts, and helps our readers understand the logical groupings within what we are trying to say.

I suppose you could respond with, "well, you are using tasks wrong if you ever want a task that is longer than one paragraph." To which I would say, "why the heavy handed insistence that everyone work the way you choose to?" To my mind, tools should enable, rather than dictate, a user's chosen workflow.

I understand that there are reasons why you would make a given design decision, and that not every user will be pleased with it. But, come on, to say that we can't have line-breaks within the text we are recording in your program, that is severe and puritanical, to my mind.

The fact of the matter is that my tasks often times reference relatively complex situations, and I do sometimes need to use more than one sentence to describe the task at hand.

Or maybe I am just long winded. Maybe you will tell me that ToDoist is not for long-winded people, as concise writing is indicative of productive people?

I want your application to survive. If nothing else, porting my data out will be a huge hassle. I am concerned that your lack of responsiveness to user requests does not bode well for the longevity of your product.


Kindly,

NB

David Trey staff
Replied on Aug 06, 2014 - 06:30

Hello NB,

To add aline break, hit Ctrl+N. This may not work correctly on mobile and we will not address any incorrect display issues across platforms as it's a deprecated feature.


Regards,
David