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Remember the Milk has a feature where you can save searches to "smart lists." It would be great to have something like that.

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Billy Meyers
Replied on Oct 08, 2011 - 03:28

Yes, would love this!

Replied on Oct 17, 2011 - 22:19


I'd love to have something like:

and especially showing number of non-completed tasks similar to projects now.

Replied on Oct 17, 2011 - 22:21

Keywords: quick links, quicklinks, quicklink, quick link, smart search, smartsearch, smartsearches, smart searches

Ben Floyd
Replied on Oct 22, 2011 - 19:23

Pleaaaaaaase implement this one!

Heather G premium
Replied on Oct 24, 2011 - 08:06

Just started using Todoist last week and I love so many things about it. It is easy to use and pleasing visually. I was using RTM, but Todoist has the advantage of sub folders (sub projects) and sub tasks, which is huge for ease of use. The only thing I really miss about RTM is the saved searches!

The ability to save searches would greatly increase the ease of use and value of using Todoist.

For example I may have a number of items across a number of different projects that relate to a specific employee and need to be discussed in our recurring 1 on 1 meeting. If I could save a search for the tags (@agenda @person), it would be awesome!

This would help with the GTD principles of maintaining separate "action" lists from "agenda" lists, while still allowing me to keep items in their "project" they are related to.

Ben Floyd
Replied on Oct 27, 2011 - 07:24

Heather, you said it right. This is my situation as well. Without being able to save searches, finding appropriate next actions is a little time consuming.

Another possibility is using Projects as Contexts and labels as projects. Meh

Replied on Jul 19, 2012 - 01:00

+1 for this. I workarounded it via bookmarks in a folder in the bookmarks bar in chrome.

Dan Boisvert premium
Replied on Jul 30, 2012 - 02:13

Definitely an important feature.

Orhan Metin
Replied on Sep 21, 2012 - 01:27

I have compared todoist with all the major task management applications and also with dozens of lesser known apps. My conclusion is that smartlisting (creating dynamic projects according to search criterias) is the most important feature that todoist lacks. I believe this is also the feature which would make the biggest difference for todoist. Smartlist feature may not be simple to implement but it would definitely attract many RTM users and also win the current todoist users' hearts..

Ryan DiGiorgi premium
Replied on Nov 27, 2012 - 09:11

I would love this feature.

Ralf Payer
Replied on Jan 11, 2013 - 06:01

I definitely agree with Heather G. I was using RTM and what I miss now is the possibility to save my own custom searches (filters).

Replied on Jan 30, 2013 - 22:01

Guy it's pretty simple to do (saving searches) - just make your search, then copy the link you get in the address bar of your browser and past it as a *task in a project called Saved Searches.
Done :)

Just as todoist can save links for web pages and emails it can do it for it's own stuff as well :)

Dan Boisvert premium
Replied on Jan 31, 2013 - 03:31

That's a great workaround, Tomer. Thank you for that! <Said as he slaps his forehead thinking, "Why didn't I think of that?">


Randolph Miller premium
Replied on Feb 08, 2013 - 13:48

There's only ONE caveat about saving searches: the URL also contains the VERSION number of the todoist program! If you watch your address bar over time, you'll see that the number after "v=" changes (assuming you log out and log in from time to time) ...

Davin Czukoski
Replied on Feb 27, 2013 - 14:51

It would be great to allow these saved searches in the same space as the project links.

Michel Gort premium
Replied on Mar 31, 2013 - 05:44

I saw that the Android app now has the option to add a custom filter, but the web app still doesn't. I'd like to see the same option in the web app, so the custom filters are synchronized.

Vadmin premium
Replied on Apr 03, 2013 - 14:33


Michel Gort premium
Replied on Apr 05, 2013 - 04:21

I'm actually surprised this isn't the number 1 requested feature. Flexibility in how you like to view your tasks is key IMO.

_jm premium
Replied on Apr 16, 2013 - 12:19


Anthony Fearn premium
Replied on Apr 24, 2013 - 12:13

+1 to a fantastic idea. Would these show as Smart Projects down the left hand side with a Project Name and a view filter?

Replied on May 15, 2013 - 06:38

This must be de #1 feature

Josh Firth premium
Replied on May 25, 2013 - 00:14

Bookmarks do this!

I know, a feature that did it would be nice, and looks like they're making one which is great.

In the interim, perform your search and then bookmark it. The search terms are included in the URL, which is why this works.

I currently employ this strategy to show a certain view without my personal label ( & !@personal).

Replied on May 25, 2013 - 04:27

But bookmarks doesn't word witkin the desktop app or when you set it as a Chrome application.

Amir Salihefendic staff
Replied on May 25, 2013 - 18:09

We are working on something awesome regarding saved searched (it will also work across platforms so you can adapt Todoist to your workflows). Stay tuned :-)!

Best regards,

Jake Love premium
Replied on May 31, 2013 - 01:18

This is exactly what we need! The ideal solution for me would be: https://todoist.com/Vote/showProposal/1004/.


rowney.john premium
Replied on Jun 10, 2013 - 03:43


Replied on Jun 21, 2013 - 07:47

Saved searches will be great feature, sorely limiting Todoist at the moment

Daniel Wyss premium
Replied on Jun 21, 2013 - 17:19

<3 great!

Chad Fox premium
Replied on Jun 25, 2013 - 12:07


This is and and separate workspaces are the only 2 things I think Todoist is missing!

Luke Abbott
Replied on Jul 12, 2013 - 08:42

Any time frame on this feature being released?

David Trey staff
Replied on Jul 12, 2013 - 09:05

Hello Luke,

Although we can't give you any specific timeframe, we're going to release some great new updates relatively soon and this will be one of them as this feature is already available on our mobile apps :)

Best regards,

Pat Gallant premium
Replied on Jul 24, 2013 - 11:41

The new iOS app allows saving filters. Can I presume that this is not far off for the web version?

Jake Love premium
Replied on Jul 24, 2013 - 12:21

I'm also really eager for this functionality on the web app as well! Would make things much more convenient and quicker.

coromberg premium
Replied on Aug 07, 2013 - 01:57

This would be a nice feature, hope it is not far a away!

Devon H. premium
Replied on Aug 09, 2013 - 11:11

Sooo excited for this!

Replied on Aug 14, 2013 - 17:39

Yeah can't wait for this. Great on the mobile apps.

Replied on Sep 02, 2013 - 09:07

Hi David, in july you stated "we're going to release some great new updates relatively soon", is there already an update on this matter?

David Trey staff
Replied on Sep 02, 2013 - 10:34

Hello Rogier,

We're working on it as we speak and it will be added in the next big update. Unfortunately, we can never give you an exact deadline when new features will be published as we always aim at quality so once it all works without issues, we'll publish it.

Best regards,

Replied on Oct 14, 2013 - 17:29

It would be good if the search window kept a history of the recent searches, may be in the form of a pull-down menu.

In this way, it would be easier to move back and forth between commonly used searches.

Rique Santiestevan premium
Replied on Oct 16, 2013 - 17:15

Still can't give an ETA? In July, you said "soon". There is another thread on this in the support forum where someone from your team - very recently - also said "soon". But it is tough to gauge just how soon "soon" is. ;)

Dave Dorsey premium
Replied on Oct 28, 2013 - 14:25

very eager for this as well - I am utilizing the premium search features to the max, which means being able to save some complicated queries would be very helpful!

Scott Page premium
Replied on Nov 07, 2013 - 15:26

Looking forward to seeing this added as well! Keep the updates coming...

Quinten van der Werf premium
Replied on Nov 18, 2013 - 17:11

This is the one thing that Todoist really falls short on. Searching across all tasks and saving queries. What's the point of being able to organise all your tasks into folders and tag them if you can't regularly perform searches on them? This missing feature unfortunately is driving me back to Toodledo.

David Trey staff
Replied on Nov 18, 2013 - 17:44

Hello Quinten,

Saved searches are already available in our mobile apps and we're porting this feature to the web right now, it will be part of our big upcoming update :)

Best regards,

Quinten van der Werf premium
Replied on Nov 18, 2013 - 17:49

Can you pretty please give us a ballpark time estimate when it comes to the web? This year, first quarter next year? If I know it's around the corner I'll hang out for it. I'm currently transitioning into Toodledo, but it would be great to be able to stay with Todoist if possible.

Quinten van der Werf premium
Replied on Nov 18, 2013 - 17:49

@David Trey - Thanks for the reply btw, I didn't expect such a quick response :)

David Trey staff
Replied on Nov 18, 2013 - 17:53


We hope this year, but as always - quality is our primary focus so it's hard to tell, but the beginning of next year should be a safe estimate. Note - it's a really big update including many more features than just saved searches incl. sharing projects, delegating tasks and more.

Best regards,

Matt Pennington premium
Replied on Nov 29, 2013 - 02:07

Would love to see this feature developed soon. Glad it's in the works.

I've learned to save searches using google chrome bookmarks. This one is particularly useful for looking at priorities for the day. Once I complete Pri 1,2 &3 items, I can consider Pri 4 items.

(overdue, today) & priority 1, (overdue, today) & priority 2, (overdue, today) & priority 3

Dave Dorsey premium
Replied on Nov 30, 2013 - 12:34

Matt, you're a genius. Can't believe it didn't occur to me to use bookmarks.

Mike M premium
Replied on Jan 07, 2014 - 08:59

+ 1

Saša Šijak premium
Replied on Jan 11, 2014 - 07:20


Saved searches would really take like 2-3 days to implement if app architecture is at least ok. And maybe another week max to test it properly.
I have just bought todoist premium thinking it have saved searches across all platforms because I seen that android app has it and I got disappointed that web does not have it.

Ben Tambling premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2014 - 06:15

Currently in a premium trial and I could seriously see this app replacing RTM as my go-to GTD/CORD task manager; there are some really nice improvements to the clunkiness of 'Milk, BUT this just won't be possible without saved searches/smart lists.

Note: In my view, they MUST look/behave like normal project lists, just like the implementation in RTM, granted, with a slight visual difference to indicate smart from 'static' lists. i.e. We should be able to drag and drop them just like normal project lists. Having to go to a different pane to see them, or having to repeatedly expand a 'smart lists' toggle won't do it in my view.

On a similar note, I would much prefer it if we could have a tag cloud instead of have to click the '@' symbol to reveal the tags in use. It's an unnecessary click and hides useful information away that can be used to quickly navigate around your tasks.

ComInf&Pro premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2014 - 07:02

I'd love to have a column filters on the side (eg e-commerce).
* Search field
* Tag cloud
* Project Selection
* Status (external field "in progress", "pending" (can rename the state)

and of course complex searches saved (links)

David Trey staff
Replied on Jan 13, 2014 - 08:28

Hello Ben,

If you'll continue testing Todoist Premium for around one more week, you'll see your saved filters and labels just as you can now see projects :)

Best regards,

Ben Tambling premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2014 - 08:36

Hi David,

That's brilliant news, thanks for the update. Really looking forward to trying out the new functionality. Fingers crossed I can make the full switch over to Todoist.

Saša Šijak premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2014 - 08:46

Can`t wait, hope that there will be no more prolonging of this feature. I am also in the process of organizing myself on todoist and need this feature. And also hope some sort of calendar view is coming in this update also. :)

Luciano Leveroni premium
Replied on Jan 17, 2014 - 20:18

I'm exaclty in the same situation as Ben, it's 17 Jan, so I guess I just have to wait a couple of days! :) For me not having an easy way to filter by multiple tags is a showstopper for implementing my GTD.

David: With the upcoming update, will I be able to combine tags filters easily from the Web?
A perfect solution would be to be able to select many tags with Ctrl/Shift key and automatically filter by those combined tags. Evernote is the only thing I know that has this feature although it has many problems as a task manager, so I'll looking forward to migrate my GTD to Todoist.

Thanks for your time.

Rique Santiestevan premium
Replied on Jan 18, 2014 - 10:10

@Ben Tambling, what is a CORD task management system? I am of course very familiar with - and have adopted much of the framework of - GTD, however I have no idea what you mean by a "CORD task manager".

My curiosity is piqued. Please explain - thanks!


Ben Tambling premium
Replied on Jan 18, 2014 - 10:19

Hi Rique,

The CORD model is an adapted version of GTD created by Graham Allcott, as explained in his book 'How to be a Productivity Ninja', and which stands for Capture, Organise, Review and Do.

Definitely worth a read if you get a chance. Really interesting book that takes a more holistic approach to productivity, rather than just your task management system.


Rique Santiestevan premium
Replied on Jan 18, 2014 - 10:53

@Ben, thanks! I will definitely look into it. I appreciate the info - sounds like it should be useful.


Saša Šijak premium
Replied on Jan 21, 2014 - 07:07

@David Trey
1 week has passed :) When can we expect it?

David Trey staff
Replied on Jan 21, 2014 - 09:54


Right about... now :) Log out and back in and manage your saved filters with Todoist Next!

Best regards,