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Hide completed tasks in hierarchy

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Dear Sir / Madame,

I create tasks with hierarchy (eg. 2 levels or more). Whenever I checkout an item (click on tickbox), it is crossed out but not hidden. This causes "pollution" as some tasks can have as many as 10-15 sub tasks.

Is this expected behaviour ? Is there an option to change it ?

Alexander.

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Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Nov 07, 2013 - 10:33

Hi Alexander,

This is indeed the intended behavior. Subtasks will not disappear until the parent task is completed.

We will consider changing this in future updates.

Thanks,
Brendon

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Alexander premium
Replied on Nov 08, 2013 - 02:46

Brendon,

I think it would be a better option to give a preference in settings rather than hard coding the behaviour as everyone has different work-styles / preferences.

Alexander.

David Trey staff
Replied on Nov 08, 2013 - 07:01

Hello Alexander,

If you prefer for sub-tasks to be removed upon completion, please hold the SHIFT key while checking them off.


Best regards,
David

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Alexander premium
Replied on Nov 08, 2013 - 07:49

To confirm, it will mark the task as completed, it will *not* remove / delete it, right ?

Alexander.

David Trey staff
Replied on Nov 08, 2013 - 08:56

Alexander,

It will make the sub-task behave as any parent task upon completion so it will complete it, remove from the active task list and put into the "Show completed tasks" list at the bottom.

Basically, it's an alternative to right-clicking on the task and choosing "Move to history" which would have the same effect.


Best regards,
David

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Alexander premium
Replied on Nov 08, 2013 - 09:26

Thanks for the confirmation David.

Alexander.

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Worksong premium
Replied on Nov 11, 2013 - 17:02

Is there a shift-check method for the Android app?

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Nov 11, 2013 - 18:10

Hi,

No, unfortunately there is not at the moment.

Thanks,
Brendon.

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Worksong premium
Replied on Nov 11, 2013 - 20:37

1--you're saying that if I make a 50-item shopping list for a store & an item is out of stock, it's "normal" for the 49 I've purchased to be shown until I eventually locate the final item?

2--I can "trick" the program to hide completed tasks when on my desktop, but not when I'm mobile & screen space is limited?

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Nov 11, 2013 - 21:01

Hi,

Yes you are correct, unless you are using the SHIFT option, which as I said unfortunately isn't possible on mobile just yet.

Regards,
Brendon.

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Worksong premium
Replied on Nov 11, 2013 - 22:16

I'm shocked. I did the research for a small group of colleagues, & chose Todoist after reviewing 22 task managers. Can't believe I missed such a major fail.

Shift-check is a kludgy way of compensating for the lack of a global show/hide preference for completed tasks...but it would be manageable, if it could be used on a mobile [where it's needed most].

Without it, I'm going to have to rethink not just Premium, but my whole Todoist recommendation.

David Trey staff
Replied on Nov 12, 2013 - 05:32

Hello,

We're sorry to hear that.If you don't want to see the entire list of sub-task you can always tap on the arrow on the right side of the parent task to collapse (or expand) the list.


Best regards,
David

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Worksong premium
Replied on Nov 14, 2013 - 22:22

I understand that. What I don't get is how you use a shopping list that's collapsed.

Seriously--what do you guys do when ticking items off a big list while using a mobile?

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Alexander premium
Replied on Nov 15, 2013 - 03:52

In my opinion, ToDoIst was made in order to keep track of activities - eg. personal organizer.

There are other applications that are much better suited for shopping lists.

Alexander.

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Worksong premium
Replied on Nov 15, 2013 - 07:40

"There are other applications that are much better suited for shopping lists."

Agree. But a big part of the appeal of Todoist is being able to keep EVERYTHING in 1 place, on all devices.

The minute you need to stop & think "which app do I use for that content?", the utility & value are severely compromised.

David Trey staff
Replied on Nov 15, 2013 - 07:57

Hello,

There are two ways how to keep a shopping list and make it work on our mobile app without issues:

1. Create a reasonable/logical order to the list based on what and where you're buying so start with groceries at the top if that's your first stop, then drinks and so on so you can check the tasks more or less in order.

2. Similar to the method above, instead of having one parent task "shopping list" and the rest as one long list of sub-task, create a project or sub-project "shopping list" and then have a parent task "groceries" and the appropriate sub-tasks, the next parent task "drinks" also with sub-tasks and check them off as you complete the "section".

The second option would not only improve the way you manage tasks, but can also help you minimize impulse purchases. If everything is out of order, you may tend to buy things not on the list because the list may be unclear and "since you're there", you can buy other things. If it has a clear structure, you go to certain places just for what you need and see it on a well structured list.


Best regards,
David

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Worksong premium
Replied on Nov 15, 2013 - 08:47

I take no issue with your "Listmaking 101" tutorial.

My shopping list has 3 layers of sub-tasks [more would be a distraction & counter-productive], & all are organized sequentially.

I maintain that having sub-tasks disappear as ticked off, instead of taking up space in the list, would reduce clutter, making the list easier & more efficient to use.

Some may prefer to stare at & scroll past their completed sub-tasks. It seems reasonable to offer users the choice, & should be simple to implement.