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I would like to export my tasks from todoledo and into todoist.

Is there a clean way to do this?

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Healthful Chef
Replied on Apr 28, 2014 - 07:15 UTC

I have the same question. I would like to import my task from gtask.

David Trey staff
Replied on Apr 28, 2014 - 12:12 UTC

Hello,

Unfortunately, it's not possible to directly import tasks from other apps, but you could copy/paste them to a TXT file and use the "import from template" function (tools icon at the top within a project). One line will become one task.


Best regards,
David

Victoria premium
Replied on Oct 18, 2014 - 14:33 UTC

How do you format the excel sheet so that the correct fields populate the correct task characteristics?

turkeyphant
Replied on Oct 18, 2014 - 15:37 UTC

Yeah, is there csv support? And what about indentation?

Clyde Romo staff
Replied on Oct 18, 2014 - 17:56 UTC

Hi,

We don't support CSV at the moment but you can import tasks in text format. Here's an example:

Main task @Label
...Sub-task 1 [[date Oct 20]] [[priority 1]]
...Sub-task 2

You can copy and paste it in a text editor and save it as a .txt file so you can use it to import it in your projects.


Regards,
Clyde

turkeyphant
Replied on Oct 18, 2014 - 19:45 UTC

How do you do level of indentation and projects? Is there documentation for this?

Clyde Romo staff
Replied on Oct 19, 2014 - 03:19 UTC

Hi,

Is this referring to importing tasks still? You can only import tasks to specific projects and not import tasks and create multiple projects.

You can just create the projects in advance and press CTRL+Left/Right arrow key (if you're using a PC) or CMD+Left/Right arrow key (if you're using a Mac) to change the indentation of the project. You can then import your tasks to each one.


Regards,
Clyde

turkeyphant
Replied on Oct 19, 2014 - 03:52 UTC

That's not answering either question.

1. How do you indent tasks with importation through txt?
2. Where's documentation?

Clyde Romo staff
Replied on Oct 19, 2014 - 03:58 UTC

Hi,

I already answered that in my first reply. There's no documentation for it though but we'll look into making one in the future. Example:

Main task @Label
...Sub-task 1 [[date Oct 20]] [[priority 1]]
...Sub-task 2

You can add three dots before a task description and Todoist import will treat it as a sub-task (see example above). Just copy and paste the example above in a text file and import it so you can see first hand what the resulting imported tasks are.


Regards,
Clyde

turkeyphant
Replied on Oct 19, 2014 - 04:11 UTC

That demonstrates one level of indentation, not all.

Clyde Romo staff
Replied on Oct 19, 2014 - 11:44 UTC

Hi,

Can you please give me an example of what you want to do? I'll prepare an example file based on it that you can use to import and use as a reference.


Regards,
Clyde

turkeyphant
Replied on Oct 19, 2014 - 14:20 UTC

What aspect do you not understand? HOW DO YOU IMPORT TASKS WITH MULTIPLE LEVELS ON INDENTATION?

Clyde Romo staff
Replied on Oct 20, 2014 - 02:15 UTC

Hi,

I fully understand you. I was just asking you for an example so that the template that I'll give to you would make sense to you better. Anyway, here's an example import file with multiple indent level:

Main task @label
...Sub-task level 1 [[date Oct 20]] [[priority 1]]
......Sub-task level 2
.........Sub-task level 3
............sub-task level 4
...Sub-task 2

You can copy and paste that on text file and import it in a project. I've also attached a file for you to play around with. Let me know if you have any other question.


Regards,
Clyde

turkeyphant
Replied on Oct 20, 2014 - 02:32 UTC

So it's three dots to an indent? What if you want to make a task entitled "...test task" or "....test task" or either of those indented???? This syntax doesn't make sense at all....

Clyde Romo staff
Replied on Oct 20, 2014 - 02:37 UTC

Hi,

Yes, you need to use three dots to create a sub-task. This is what Todoist currently supports and we'll look into improving it in the future.


Regards,
Clyde

turkeyphant
Replied on Oct 20, 2014 - 02:43 UTC

D'oh! Who's bright idea was that?!

You still haven't answered my questions: What if you want to make a task entitled "...test task" or "....test task" or either of those indented?

turkeyphant
Replied on Oct 20, 2014 - 02:45 UTC

Or are you not telling me about escape sequences for full stops at the start of task names?

Clyde Romo staff
Replied on Oct 20, 2014 - 02:57 UTC

Hi,

In your example, those tasks will be indented.


Regards,
Clyde

turkeyphant
Replied on Oct 20, 2014 - 03:14 UTC

You're not paying any attention. Please refer this to someone who understand better.

1. the question is clearly: what if I want to add a task with THAT TITLE at ANY level of indentation
2. What happens with a task with FOUR dots not THREE?

Clyde Romo staff
Replied on Oct 20, 2014 - 03:20 UTC

Hi,

1. Just add use this instead "... ...Sub-task level 1". Notice the space after the 3 dots? That should do the trick

2. Your task will be added with an extra dot before the task name. The name of the task will become ".test task".


Regards,
Clyde

turkeyphant
Replied on Oct 20, 2014 - 03:26 UTC

What if I want to add a task entitied ".... ....test task"?????

And then what about multiple levels of indentation? And will the task name have a space at the start?

Clyde Romo staff
Replied on Oct 20, 2014 - 03:44 UTC

Hi,

To answer your question, you can use "... .... ....test task" to create a level one sub-task and "...... .... ....test task" to create a level 2 sub-task. You can add as much dots as needed to create the level that you prefer. And no, the task name will not have a space at the start.

The syntax might have some limitations but for majority of the users and usage, it will work. We may find an example which does not work well with the syntax with the import file but that's going to be edge case.


Regards,
Clyde