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Let me choose my keyboard shortcuts.


Keyboard shortcuts are great but I don't like the ones you've chosen. For one thing, I can't use Ctrl+Right/Left to edit my text any more. (On Windows, this lets you move the cursor in a textbox to the next/previous word.)

I'd like to use the vi-like keyboard shortcuts that I'm used to: Ctrl-J/K/H/L instead of Ctrl-Down/Up/Left/Right.

Also, you ought to be able to reorder with keyboard shortcuts:
J/K to select a task to reorder
Ctrl-J/K to move it up or down.


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Replied on Jul 19, 2012 - 00:59

+1 for user customizable shortcuts - see gmail's labs for example implementation.

Smokie Lee premium
Replied on Dec 05, 2012 - 08:13

+2 for this.

The ctrl+left & right arrow are native to Windows for going forward/backward a word. It took me about 5 hours to figure out why all my tasks in Todoist had wonky indenting, until I realized that the text editing shortcut I use about 15 times a minute was causing the issue.

Since I'm not willing to alter the way I've edited text for a decade, nor am I going (or have permission) to remap my Windows keyboard shortcuts on 5 computers, I'm not getting the benefit of the Todoist keyboard shortcuts.

Mark Fowler premium
Replied on Jan 31, 2013 - 07:28

+1 for vi-like keyboard shortcuts

rene trappel premium
Replied on Feb 03, 2013 - 15:42

+1 for vi shortcuts

Jason Beyers
Replied on Feb 05, 2013 - 13:01

I love having keyboard shortcuts for a productivity app (it's supposed to save time right?) but Todoist's shortcuts aren't cutting it for me - too different from the plethora of other tools I'm already using. I'd LOVE to customize those shortcuts to match what I'm already doing.

Andy Wendt
Replied on May 30, 2013 - 11:55

Some of us have system wide keyboard shortcuts that are crucial to our workflow that we have been using for years… It would be nice to be able to meld this great web app/program to our will.

Rick Wheeler
Replied on Aug 25, 2013 - 17:40

Ctrl-Left/Right Arrow is possibly the dumbest keyboard shortcut ever for Windows users. Please change that or at least provide the ability for me to change it.

Replied on Sep 05, 2013 - 20:40

+1 for vi shortcuts. This is what gmail has, and it's awesome.

Due to this, for me, gmail actually works better for me, despite lacking some of todoist's feature set.

Wally Kiniecki
Replied on Sep 20, 2013 - 04:21

for polish keyboard its would be very helpfull on this moment i have to stop using todolist on Windows because of that.

Vinny Troia premium
Replied on Oct 23, 2013 - 22:29

I would give all of my votes up for this feature.

Lupuleasa I
Replied on Nov 13, 2013 - 02:49

Thanks for the supports guys.

And yeah, vi shortcuts is what I really want.

Let me try and navigate without a mouse.

It goes like this:
Alt-Home to go to my homepage, which is todoys for the next 7 days.

Arrow keys dont let me choose anything (like the task I have). I would love if I could navigate through my tasks with arrow keys and select each one. Enter should bring up the context menu for them (like pressing the little dropdown arrow) and the I will navigate inside that. Escape would exit dropdown menu and get me back to where I was. Space while a task is select should complete it. Or reverse Space and Enter for these two functions.

When a task is keyboard selected I want Left arrow and Right arrow to contract/expand the sub-task menu.

As smokie said, I think the shortcut for indenting should be someting else than Ctrl-Left/Right, maybe Ctrl-Alt-Left/Right

There is one ANNOYING option and that is that Escape while in the query box (with the press of "/") doesnt remove focus from that box. It should.

Is there a key for adding a new project.

#projectname doesnt seem to work though. Do I have to use it in

Having them customizable in the setting menu would also be great. Why not let users do it. Also, a setting backup per account would be great for users with multiple computers.

Thanks, and please add it. Add it at the top of your priority list because it's not that difficult to do and the impact is massive. Just look at the comments in this thread.

This todo app is not really hardcore because it lacks proper keyboard support. My Notepad++ or Evernote does a better job now, even though they're text editors.

rene trappel premium
Replied on Nov 13, 2013 - 02:55

@Luouleasa Couldn't have said it better!

B. Hunt premium
Replied on Nov 27, 2013 - 09:53

The current keyboard shortcuts conflict with the shortcuts for another application (Zotero, a reference manager for academic writing). The shortcuts in Zotero are configurable, but it's still rather inconsiderate for todoist to steal away shortcuts which I have been using for years, without giving me the option to change them.

Lupuleasa I
Replied on Nov 27, 2013 - 10:27

Why is this not implemented yet? It's been a while.

Lupuleasa I
Replied on Nov 27, 2013 - 10:27

Why is this not implemented yet? It's been a while.

Replied on Dec 03, 2013 - 13:07

Please, please, please, please, please, please, please bring this on. Keyboards are still used on desktops, tablets, and even smartphones. Shortcuts that we can customize to our own workflows would be SOOOO useful...

Ctrl is very important in my workflow and to have it hijacked really hurt my productivity for a while. I still have to go and try to click where I want to be and on my touch screen devices, its more along the lines of haphazardly touching a spot and hoping against all hope that it will put the cursor where I need it... I rely on the keyboard when working. Please help me be more productive.

James Carlson
Replied on Dec 04, 2013 - 14:27

I must agree!!

Smokie Lee premium
Replied on Dec 04, 2013 - 15:56

I cancelled my premium subscription until this - and some other features I need - are implemented.

It seems that in addition to voting in the votebox, we also need to vote with our wallets. It's unforunate.

塚田 恵 premium
Replied on Feb 04, 2014 - 09:10

あとは、タスクを子タスクにするのもTabキーとか、キー割り当てが出来るようになるといいなぁ。 というか殆どの操作に対して、自分の好みのショートカットキーを割り当てたい。

Michael Ehling premium
Replied on Feb 25, 2014 - 16:51

I think is very important because of the currently high number of steps required to do simple things.

Example (something I do dozens of times per day): edit the text, (sometimes the notes), and label of a task in the Inbox; then move it to a project.

These are the current steps:
+ click on a task in the inbox
+ edit the title as needed; while there, move the end of the title and start typing @ plus the first few letters of the desired label
+ click (or if you've entered enough characters so that you are only seeing one, tap Enter) on the chosen label
+ tap enter to save your edits
+ move to the "..." and click or right-click
+ select "Move to another project"
+ type first few letters of desired project name or scroll-and-click until you find it.
+ click (or if you've entered enough characters so that you are only seeing one, tap Enter)

Of course, then I have to go to the desired project and drag/drop and click/ctrl-left-or-right to move this task someplace useful.

Woof! That is a lot of work.

It can be made faster with new shortcuts for expand/contract, edit, move to another project, and move within project.

I think letting us choose our shortcuts and giving us access to shortcuts for most actions will really speed up our use of todoist.

Leon Volovik premium
Replied on Mar 17, 2014 - 13:46

Just want to point out that having Ctrl+Left/Right to change indentation instead of navigating between words doesn't make any sense because of the following reasons:
1. Overriding standard shortcut that used in virtually every text box of every application around is the worst thing that a user may want to have.
2. Indenting tasks much more intuitive with pressing Tab at the beginning of a line. This is how it's done in all the text editors and I see no reason to change that. In most cases, it is clear before entering a task that it needs to be indented, so I just press Tab and type the task description. If I need to change structure later, I will use the mouse.

To conclude, I don't believe that you did any usability test for keyboard usage. I do believe that no professional user will buy an app that doesn't seem to had appropriate usability testing.

Miha G premium
Replied on Mar 20, 2014 - 09:24

I strongly support the introduction of customizable shortcuts (of course, this is the ideal solution). In the meantime I would also be happy with modifications mentioned by many above and, also, with a much longer list of shortcuts.

Petr Štěpánek premium
Replied on Mar 23, 2014 - 15:35

Shortcuts don't have to be customizable for me, but the change is really needed. As well as #projectname in the edit field should assign task to the "projectname" project.

Replied on Apr 01, 2014 - 07:41

Yes please, I need the accented version of the 'a' key on UK keyboard, and can't use it because it always triggers a new trask -.-

Robert Shakespeare premium
Replied on Apr 06, 2014 - 05:37

Please implement customisable keyboard shortcuts, or at least a few different sets that overcome the problems people are writing about here.

I also use Ctrl+Left/Right on Windows all the time so, even though I think Todoist is a great app, the clash of Ctrl+Left/Right is frustrating.

Cory premium
Replied on Apr 09, 2014 - 15:03

Please improve the keyboard shortcuts. This is my main frustration with the web app.