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Change the default project from "Inbox" to another custom project

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When I try to add a task using the todoist app for Mac, it always defaults to the "Inbox" project. But most often I need my tasks to be under a different project, say "Work". It is annoying to have to go to the drop down and change it every time I create a task. Is there a way to change the default project or update their odering?

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David Trey staff
Replied on Jan 17, 2014 - 17:46 UTC

Hello Phani,

Although it's not possible to change the default project in the "Quick Add" feature, if you mostly add tasks to a different project, please select the project from the menu at the top (that is - enter this project) and while you're in this project, you can use the "Add task" option at the bottom of your task list and it will keep all the tasks added there in this project.


Best regards,
David

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Phani Pattapu
Replied on Jan 17, 2014 - 18:30 UTC

Huh..If I have to go through so many steps every time I have to add a task, I'm not sure how that qualifies as a "Quick Add" feature. It may make sense for me to do that if I'm adding a bunch of tasks to a project at a stretch. But my use case is, I add a task every 10min or so and when I do it I use the keyboard shortcut on my Mac to bring up the "Add Task" popup that has a drop down for selecting projects that is defaulted to "Inbox". I just wish there was an easy way to change the default project to something else.

Is this something that can at least be considered for a future feature?

David Trey staff
Replied on Jan 17, 2014 - 22:43 UTC

Phani,

Yes, we will actually make it easier to select the project from the list, you'll be able to start typing it after a hashtag, for example #w... and it may auto-complete #work if you have a project called #work. We'll improve this feature in the future.


Best regards,
David

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Tyler Roberts
Replied on Mar 24, 2014 - 17:46 UTC

David, you mention in the future, has this been implemented yet? thanks.

David Trey staff
Replied on Mar 24, 2014 - 19:10 UTC

Hello Tyler,

Unfortunately not. Inbox is still the default project, but you can always move tasks from it wherever you want anytime :-)


Best regards,
David

Jon Albright premium
Replied on May 13, 2014 - 02:03 UTC

I agree with the need for this. When a task is sitting in the inbox folder it has to be easier to move it to the correct project. Just like assigning tags with the @sign it would make the most sense to use the #hashtag for existing projects. Just too many clicks, drags, etc to get it into the project where it belongs. Admittedly this is the one thing that keeps me from using Todoist fully and until its fixed I simply find Omnifocus easier to use

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Brecon Quaddy premium
Replied on Jun 04, 2014 - 11:44 UTC

The ability to assign tasks to a project via a hashtag would greatly improve Todoist's useability. Without it, 'quick add' doesn't really live up to its name. Enabling users to change the default task from 'Inbox' would be even better. I assume there is a considerable impediment to implementing this functionality around projects, since many users would clearly welcome them.

David Trey staff
Replied on Jun 04, 2014 - 15:04 UTC

Hello Brecon,

To use a hashtag, you'd need to hit space and then enter the hashtag itself. If you replace these two steps with hitting the TAB key twice, you're also be in the project selection field in the "Quick Add" option where you don't have to enter a hashtag anymore, but start typing the project's name already and even select it from the list thanks to the auto-complete feature in this field :-)


Best regards,
David

BQ
Brecon Quaddy premium
Replied on Jun 06, 2014 - 11:05 UTC

Sir, thank you. On the whole I under-exploit the tab key so it hadn't occurred to me to use it. I unreservedly withdraw my disparaging comment about 'quick add.'

Cordially

Brecon

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Emily Higgins premium
Replied on Jul 06, 2014 - 18:12 UTC

Hi,

Is the capacity to set one's own default project (e.g. Work instead of Inbox) for the quick add likely to be available soon as well?

Thanks!

Clyde Romo staff
Replied on Jul 07, 2014 - 01:42 UTC

Hi Emily,

Unfortunately, there are no current plans to add this but we're always looking for ways to make Todoist better. It is possible that we may add it in the future though.

Regards,

Clyde

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Emily Higgins premium
Replied on Jul 07, 2014 - 01:55 UTC

OK, thanks for your reply!

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Ricky Tam premium
Replied on Jul 21, 2014 - 21:59 UTC

Hi,

I believe having this feature would greatly improve the UX of the Quick Add feature. Is there a way we, as users, can bring this feature into the development pipeline or have the priority increased?

Thanks,
Ricky

Norman Kirchner premium
Replied on Aug 11, 2014 - 17:52 UTC

David, I just started the process of re-architecting my workflow w/ Todoist.
I recognize that QuickAdd can use the tab feature, but that is more involved than just pressing 'a' and starting to type in a new task. (web browser)
What should be my expectation to assigning tasks to a project from within the task entry flow? or do I need to always add to inbox first if I just leave a window open for adding all sorts of tasks throughout the day?

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Aug 11, 2014 - 18:14 UTC

Norman,

Any add menu, has the project selection, and you can choose which project you want to add it too. This goes for the Quick Add menu.

If you are referring to adding a task within a project already, like Inbox, then of course there is no selection, as you are already in the project.


Regards,
Brendon

Johan Niemi
Replied on Sep 03, 2014 - 23:23 UTC

I think the default project should not be inbox, but rather the project that is used the most. If this is hard to implement, please under personal settings allow the user to specify the default project.

Keyboard shortcuts or not, it's extremely cumbersome to always have to navigate away from the default "inbox" when adding a task.

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Marc Belej premium
Replied on Sep 17, 2014 - 04:55 UTC

I would like to upvote the ability to select a default project that is not Inbox

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Nick premium
Replied on Oct 08, 2014 - 12:29 UTC

I agree, that this should be developed sooner than later. We need to be able to change the default. Please implement a fix.

turkeyphant
Replied on Oct 15, 2014 - 21:51 UTC

+1 - doesn't seem to be any reason not to allow this functionality

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Denise TheLady premium
Replied on Oct 22, 2014 - 11:55 UTC

I agree!