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Ctrl+B or CTRL+I did not work in the text notes.
It would also be useful to be able to insert bullet points on the notes. However, I could not find a way to do it.

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David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 05, 2014 - 09:46

Hello Erdem,

Thank you for your report, it seems that these shortcuts mistakenly add too much syntax. Instead of !! bold !! and __italic__

We'll look into it now. Regarding bullet points, please add this request to our Votebox: http://todoist.com/Vote/ and we'll consider adding it in future updates.


Best regards,
David

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 06, 2014 - 09:30

Hello,

This issue has now been fixed.


Best regards,
David

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Erdem premium
Replied on Feb 09, 2014 - 08:38

Hi,
I still see !! text !! instead of text in bold in the edit mode in the notes.

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 09, 2014 - 09:31

Erdem,

Please clarify - you add or edit a note, you type !! text !! and after saving it, the text does not become bold and you still see !! text !! in the note? I can't reproduce this issue, the text is formatted correctly upon saving.


Best regards,
David

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Erdem premium
Replied on Feb 10, 2014 - 03:27

After saving, it shows the text bold. However, in the edit mode I still see the exclamation marks.

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Joseph Pavia
Replied on Feb 10, 2014 - 06:23

I too have the problem of not having text formatted as bold or italic despite using the correct codes. In fact, until the recent changes in ToDoIst I have always been able to bold and italicize text (I mean the text is both bold and italicized).

What I find is that I can bold text or italicize text, but if I try to do both to the same text, I get just bold or just italics and the codes for the other format display. So text might be bold and be surrounded by underscores instead of also being italicized.

I find that if a * is in front of the formatting codes, then all the formatting codes will appear and the text will not be bold and will not be italicized, but the * will correctly cause there to be no check box. So what is happening is the program can not implement more than one code which are right next to each other. Only one can be implemented.

This was never a problem before ToDoIst Next. And you should also know that all of my text from tasks entered before the beginning of ToDoIst Next is also affected. I no longer have text that is both bold and italicized. I see either bold or italics and the code for the other is displayed (ie I see __ or !! surrounding the text). So only one set of codes is implemented when they are applied to the same text.

Joe

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 10, 2014 - 08:41

Erdem,

That's the correct behavior. The test is bold when saved, but the syntax is visible upon editing in case you'd like to remove it or make other words bold.

Joseph,

I can't reproduce any of the issues you describe. I've set a task with this name:

__ !! test !! __

and the word "test" is both bold and italic. Then I've added a task note with this content:

__test !! testing !! __

Both words were italic and the word testing was bold and italic so it seems to work correctly within tasks and task noted.

The * feature is deprecated so we don't recommend to use it anymore, though, but even with it it worked fine for me.

That said, please post a few examples of what exact content are you using, what text do you see when editing the task or note and also try to log out, clear the browser's cache, reload it and log back in to exclude caching issues.


Best regards,
David

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Joseph Pavia
Replied on Feb 10, 2014 - 09:08

Thanks for the attempt to help. I should add that I have both an XP and a Win7 computer. Both computers have the same display problem.

I tried what you suggested: logout, delete cache to beginning of time, close browser, start browser, login. The problem is still there.

This is an example. In editing mode I see * !!__Other tasks are listed below__ !!

It displays as bold text without a check box (as I wished), but it is not italicized and there are __ marks in front and behind the text, like this: __Other tasks are listed below__.

Here is another example. In the editing box, I see this: !!__25th setup PNC credit card payment on line! for something like the 7th of next month__!!

It displays in the task lists as bold text with __ in front and behind the text and with the usual check box (as I want it to when I don't use a star). It is not italicized.

It looks like this but bold: __25th setup PNC credit card payment on line! for something like the 7th of next month__

None of this ever happened before ToDoIst Next.

Remember, this happens on both XP and Win7 machines.

????

By the way, if * is not favored, how else do I get rid of the check box?

Joe





David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 10, 2014 - 09:28

Joe,

Thank you for clarifying, it seems to happen only if you try to italicize the text inside the bold tags, but not if you do it outside, so for example this:

__ !! Other tasks are listed below !! __

will work as expected. We'll look into it.

Regarding the * feature - we don't recommend getting rid of the check box, you can use sub-projects as separate task list being part of the project or task notes. Let us know in what context do you need to remove the check box.


Best regards,
David

David Trey staff
Replied on Feb 10, 2014 - 09:47

Joe,

Unfortunately, combined formatting isn't fully supported. It will work as I've mentioned with bold inside italic, but both formats at once won't be supported on mobile so we recommend to use them separately (if you use our mobile apps often).


Best regards,
David

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Joseph Pavia
Replied on Feb 10, 2014 - 10:44

To simplify things, I'll just stop using italics and bold together. I like to use the two together as for some reason bold italicized text pulls my eye to important text more so than the colored boxes. But I'll do without the combination of bold and italics.

I like to get rid of check boxes when I create a list of subtasks under a task heading. It is the heading which I prefer not have a check box. Yes, I know I could create a separate project and use subprojects, but I have been quite content to just create what amounts to a project title as a task without a check box and then place tasks with check boxes as subtasks.

My actual "projects" aren't projects. I have projects such as: Today, Daily, Dates Certain, Soft Due Dates, Home Maintenance, etc..

I put my tasks in these "projects". But under Home Maintenance for instance, I might have a task without a check box entitled "Basement Replumbing" and it may have many subtasks with check boxes. Another subheading might be Service the Toyota, and it may have subtasks with check boxes.

Under Dates Certain I might have a heading without a check box: Dr. Jones appointment on April 1 at 9:15. And it might have subtasks with checkboxes such as bring blood pressure log, get labs done a week before, etc..

I prefer that the heading of a task list not have check boxes to avoid accidentally checking it off, and it is easier to see my subheadings if they don't have check boxes as all the other tasks do.

And I don't have a smart phone, so I am not concerned with mobile use of the program. I use it on a laptop and a desktop computer.

Thanks for your help.

Joe

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Joseph Pavia
Replied on Feb 10, 2014 - 11:01

I should add something I discovered. If I put an empty space between the * and a formatting code, both the * and the formatting code do their jobs. It is only when the formatting code is right next to the * that the * prevents the formatting code from working.

Joe

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Wade Weston premium
Replied on Jun 24, 2014 - 11:22

It would be nice to add some basis rich text editing in notes and tasks. I am using notes and finding them less and less appealing as I can't add bulleted an numbered lists. Also, being able to more easily bold and italic text would be nice. ctrl b and i, maybe a basic editor in the notes, something. Without these basic functions managing more advanced tasks/projects in Todoist is becoming less and less likely for me.

I went premium to add notes but notes are limited so I am basically back to square one looking for a better task manager.

Thanks

David Trey staff
Replied on Jun 24, 2014 - 12:01

Hello Wade,

We're sorry to hear that :-(

Is you need to use bulleted lists, please use sub-tasks instead. Not only would you see them right-away without accessing the notes (and could collapse them if you don't want to see them), but also you'd have the option to check them off and in general - increase your productivity by focusing on the smaller steps towards the main goal (the parent task).


Best regards,
David

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Wade Weston premium
Replied on Jun 24, 2014 - 12:04

Thanks David,

Unfortunately that won't work as the bulleted and numbered lists are just notes. Checking them off is not applicable since there is no inherent action item implied with them.

Thanks for the idea though.