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Change font size in Windows desktop application


Is there a way to increase the font size used in the Todoist windows app?
I'd love to use it as my primary interface for Todoist, but the font size is too small to be comfortably readable and I cant' find any way to "zoom" in (as can be done easily in e.g Chrome).


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Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on May 28, 2013 - 15:42 UTC

Hello Martin,

Unfortunately, that's not an available option in Todoist, but Windows itself has tools that allow you to increase the font size of any app. In Windows 8, please search "font" in the Settings (or in the Control Panel).


Tony Boyle
Replied on Sep 17, 2013 - 01:00 UTC

Brendon, that isn't the case. There's no way to change the font size for individual apps in Windows 8, or any other version.

I too think the font in your Windows desktop app is way too small, especially when used on hi-dpi screens. My laptop screen is 1920 x 1080, and even if I downgrade the resolution it's still far too small.

I'd sign up for your premium service in an instant if your desktop app was usable, but the tiny fonts render it useless, in my opinion. I'd have thought you'd want to rival apps like Wunderlist, who are developing impressive desktop versions.

David Trey staff
Replied on Sep 17, 2013 - 11:05 UTC

Hello Tony,

Could you please send a screenshot of the Windows app as you see it and let us know how big or small the screen on your laptop is? There shouldn't be any issues whatsoever when using it in 1080p maybe you're experiencing a glitch that made the font smaller than it should be, therefore a screenshot would be very helpful to confirm it. You can send it to david@doist.io and brendon@doist.io

Best regards,

Replied on Nov 20, 2013 - 11:03 UTC

Using a Windows 8 tablet, and font is barely readable. About 30% the size of all my other display fonts.

Tony Boyle
Replied on Nov 20, 2013 - 11:40 UTC

Just to update this issue, after my post above I entered into email correspondence with Todoist and they admitted that the font in the desktop app was too small when used on 1080p laptop screens. It doesn't work with Windows scaling. Todoist said that this might improve with Windows 8.1 but I can confirm that this is not the case.

The problem is that the desktop app is not a native app, but more of a browser window. I'm told that the font size is more readable on larger screens.

A workaround is to use the web version of Todoist with a site specific browser such as Fluid on OS X, or use the 'Create Application Shortcut' command in Chrome for Windows. This creates a separate window for the web app which can be pinned to the taskbar. In both cases the window will be much more readable and usable than the desktop app on a high dpi laptop screen.

David Trey staff
Replied on Nov 20, 2013 - 15:26 UTC


We'll consider creating a native app for Windows 8 which will hopefully solve this issue.

Best regards,

Tony Boyle
Replied on Nov 20, 2013 - 15:44 UTC

Thanks David, that would be great.

On my Macbook Pro it's not too bad as the screen is only 1440 x 900, but presumably on retina displays there's the same issue?

Jim Peet premium
Replied on Jan 02, 2014 - 21:48 UTC

I have this issue on an Asus hi-def laptop. The desktop app is too hard to read, not really usable.

Tony Boyle
Replied on Jan 02, 2014 - 22:42 UTC

If I were Todoist I'd withdraw the desktop apps until they were fit for purpose. It just makes the software and the company look unprofessional in my view, especially as the majority of users will be using high dpi laptops pretty soon.

I've not bought a pro package yet as I was rather annoyed with the denial from Todoist when the issue was raised some months ago.

Radu Pârvu premium
Replied on Feb 20, 2014 - 14:09 UTC

On Windows 7, if I increase the font size in the OS level is not possible any more to add an email as a task in Outlook! It chooses another email message!


David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 20, 2014 - 15:43 UTC

Hello Radu,

I can't reproduce this issue so far. Please clarify what option do you use exactly to change the default font size and are you selecting a new message in Outlook after you do that?

Best regards,

Radu Pârvu premium
Replied on Feb 21, 2014 - 07:59 UTC


I increase the font size to 125% in the control panel.

When i try to add an email as task in Outlook with an email selected for some emails it does not do it, it uses always previous browsed email in outlook.


David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 21, 2014 - 13:08 UTC


So, just to clarify - when you reset the font size to 100%, then the exact same emails work correctly and it doesn't use previously browsed emails? Technically, a font size is completely irrelevant for our plugin as it only looks for the even of selecting a message with a certain ID, it doesn't even consider things like resolution, zoom etc. Please confirm that changing it to 100% completely "fixes" this issue.

Best regards,

Radu Pârvu premium
Replied on Feb 21, 2014 - 13:09 UTC

I confirm: 100% is fine 125% is not

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 21, 2014 - 13:22 UTC

Thank you, we'll look into it. I have passed it to the developers.

Best regards,

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 21, 2014 - 15:05 UTC


One more thing - does this happen when you use the "Add to Todoist" button from the toolbar or also (or only) when you use "Add email as task" directly from within our plugin?

Best regards,

Radu Pârvu premium
Replied on Feb 21, 2014 - 16:49 UTC

It happens only when I use "add email as task"

When I use the toolbar button nothing happens!

AndyMo905 .
Replied on Mar 24, 2014 - 18:09 UTC

I too would love to be able to modify the font sizes.

The task font size is just fine.

The day-of-the-week font size (eg. Today, Tomorrow, Wednesday) is REALLY LARGE - twice the size at least. Add to that the blank line above it, and it is taking up a ton of space.

Skye Nathaniel Schiefer
Replied on Oct 24, 2014 - 19:00 UTC

My desktop monitor has a native resolution of 2560 x 1440, and it is not comfortable to read the application's text. There really should be an option to change the font size.

Robb Enger premium
Replied on Oct 28, 2014 - 22:58 UTC


Replied on Oct 30, 2014 - 04:23 UTC

unacceptably small font size. released as a quick offering to windows users. over a year and no movement means this is not a business priority. back to wundlist, ill check again in another 6 months to year for an update. thanks!

Eric premium
Replied on Nov 18, 2014 - 14:04 UTC

I am in the same boat... no siri integration on the phone and the font size on the windows surface 3 laptop work issued me is unbearably small. Guess it is time to look at alternatives for these needs.

Paul Willingham premium
Replied on Nov 26, 2014 - 15:02 UTC

Impossible to read!

jnewman1200 premium
Replied on Nov 28, 2014 - 04:17 UTC

Same issues here. Unusable on the desktop.