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how do i write on multiple lines?


I want to create multiple lines but when i press the enter key, it finalizes the task, how do i go down a line without finalizing the task?

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Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Feb 16, 2014 - 18:40 UTC

Hi Eric,

We do not support multiple lines in task names. If you'd like to enter more information, please upgrade to Premium to get the Notes feature.


Eric H.
Replied on Feb 16, 2014 - 19:46 UTC

When I copy and paste text with multiple lines it works, why cant I manually type it in like that? and its not task names, it is in the actual task description.

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Feb 17, 2014 - 00:07 UTC


Yes we allow that, but its messy. We want to keep things clean and organized, and we believe adding the information you need within a note is a better way.

Nonetheless, we may consider changing this in future updates.


Happy Hamster premium
Replied on Mar 10, 2014 - 14:37 UTC

Allow adding multiple lines, just display 1 line by default allowing user to "expand" the text of of the task. This will avoid the mess.

Notes are not a substitute for that.

Eric H.
Replied on Mar 13, 2014 - 16:52 UTC

@Happy Hamster, can you better describe how to do that?

Mike M premium
Replied on Mar 13, 2014 - 17:11 UTC

@Eric, I think Happy Hamster is explaining an enhancement to the software, he doesn't say this is currently supported.

I find as well that the interface would be too cluttered if you had multiple lines per task's title - that's why Notes are there.

In the past after a while being on the free plan, I got a promotion email to try out the Premium features, which converted me to a subscriber

Happy Hamster premium
Replied on Mar 19, 2014 - 22:52 UTC

I'm just proposing how it could be done

It won't be more cluttered if they don't show more than 1 line in title unless you click on it (or hover over). The mechanics of Notes they way they are implemented now is to log progress of a task or to discuss it, while multiline description's purpose would be to describe the task in more detail.

E.g. I delegate 95% of tasks to my assistant via a shared project. She doesn't have a clue in most cases what I even mean from a task title, so every task is followed by a Note with a detailed description of what I want to be done. This a "hack" because I use Notes not for what they were designed for. One obvious evidence that this is actually a hack is the fact that my assistant get's email notification when the task is submitted, but at that point I haven't written a Note yet so for my use case the task in fact is not yet described and can not be performed by the person it has been assigned to. Todoist does not provide mechanics to submit task title + immediately a note in one action.

The detailed (e.g. multi-line) description is not so necessary when you only manage tasks you set for yourself. However since they introduced task sharing and delegation, they must provide mechanics supporting use cases like mine described above.

Anyway, I can go on and on about this for much longer :) For me this is an obvious "bug", and it even has reasons for being there -- they added "sharing" much later than most of the UI was designed and have not yet covered all the use cases that "Sharing" feature has.

PS: I do a lot of UX in my company :)

Cleon Fernandes
Replied on Apr 22, 2014 - 15:10 UTC

going back to the multiple lines support. Currently I'm using <br> tag to have the effect. Just type a single line with <br>'s in the middle and when you save you'll get the text organized in multiple lines (as much as the amount of <br> used)

Eric H.
Replied on Apr 22, 2014 - 23:03 UTC


Ian Stevenson
Replied on Jul 19, 2014 - 05:03 UTC

shift+enter for a line break would be SO much better. Please add this as feature request.