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Change Priority colours


Currently we have two shades of blue for priorities 2 and 3. What was wrong with the original scheme of red for 1, blue for 2, and green for 3? Three distinct colours. Nowadays I get 2 and 3 confused all the time - even more so on my work laptop, which has poor colour so the blues look similar.

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Prescott Wright premium
Replied on Jan 07, 2013 - 14:29

I agree with Vivian's comments. The P2 & P3 colors are too close to quickly differentiate. Please change back to how they were originally.

Kim Blackwell premium
Replied on Jan 07, 2013 - 17:37

PLEASE CHANGE THIS BACK!!!!!!! Its making this almost unusable for me now and I had been extremely happy till this point!

Andre B.
Replied on Jan 08, 2013 - 03:05

Yes... the new color and label design is kind of contraproductive.

The original design was really awesome! What is the reason you chaged?

Mark Stern
Replied on Jan 09, 2013 - 09:00

Not only that, but I don't like the solid-fill color in the checkboxes now, which makes a task appear completed. It confused me. It would be better to use a three-pixel wide border of that priority color, and leave the interior region of the checkbox white so that you can tell it is not completed. This would be consistent with the iPhone app where a three-pixel wide stripe on the left of the task indicates the priority.

Vivian Lee premium
Replied on Jan 09, 2013 - 09:15

I agree with Mark. To be honest, I don't see what was wrong with changing the colours of text, as it was originally. That allows a much easier way to scan a list of text and immediately see which items are which priorities...

James Wilmot premium
Replied on Jan 09, 2013 - 13:35

Please change this back, my subscription is about to expire and not being able to easily see the priority of tasks (by changing the colours of text) means this fantastic tool has become so less effective overnight. Now that P2 & P3 are different shades of blue (v83) things are even worse, it's almost as if our voice and subscriptions have become unimportant to Todoist. Voting with our feet (& browsers) may be the only way to make our voices heard!

Replied on Jan 14, 2013 - 12:28

I prefer the colored checkboxes, but I agree that the colors of blue are far too similar right now, and I don't understand why this was changed.

Jay Parikh premium
Replied on Jan 14, 2013 - 14:59

I agree with Paul. I really like the colored checkboxes but I don't like the new color scheme. Keep the checkboxes but change it back to red, blue, and green.

Todd Donatello premium
Replied on Jan 28, 2013 - 04:20

Wouldn't the solution to this problem simply be to give people the option of whether they want to use the checkboxes or the text as their prioritization scheme?

Replied on Feb 07, 2013 - 13:18

Yes, please change!

Replied on Feb 21, 2013 - 20:23

I totally agree! I can't see a reason for using two shades of the same color when you already had three distinguishable colors to help prioritize!

I don't like the color check boxes. I would prefer that the actual text in the task subject be in the priority color.

While we're at it.... I REALLY HATE the way the priority color appears as a narrow (almost unnoticeable) strip in the new iPhone app!! I might as well not prioritize my tasks since I can't see the strip. In this case, it would definitely be better to just have the text of the task appear in different colors.

Ting-Fai Ho
Replied on Mar 04, 2013 - 22:14

Please no solid color checkboxes, they are no longer checkboxes, they are just some dark colored squares on the screen. And they don't look right on the elegant design of Todoist UI.

If the staff insist on filled squares as checkboxes, please let us choose the priority color so that we can change it to lighter colors to make them look like empty checkboxes again.

Thanks to the crew for this great product. And hope we will hear proper feedback soon.

Richard Doel-Mackaway premium
Replied on Apr 26, 2013 - 08:49

Would be great if we could edit the priority colors to anything we like.

Replied on May 06, 2013 - 03:39

It would be an option to specify our own colours and even our own priority levels, create as many as we want.

Ian Smith premium
Replied on May 19, 2013 - 07:56

either allow us to change or make them clearly different - traffic lights work well : red green amber

Mariko Cool
Replied on May 24, 2013 - 10:56

Chiming in to vote for 4 user-selectabed colored boxes, or box borders, or task backgrounds. As a fall-back position, just make them pale enough that they print out in B/W looking un-checked.

Vivian Lee premium
Replied on Jun 18, 2013 - 14:53

Why has there not been any feedback from Todoist on this topic? At the very least, some acknowledgement of our requests would be nice...

David Trey staff
Replied on Jun 18, 2013 - 16:30

Hello Vivian,

We monitor the Votebox all the time and we appreciate all your feedback. Although we're currently not planning to change the priority colors, we may consider it in the future.

Best regards,

Cliff Donaldson premium
Replied on Aug 07, 2013 - 13:35

I find it quite difficult to see the checkmark in the dark-blue priority 3 checkbox (in a filtered view, although the task greys out, it does not drop to the bottom of the list, so its checkbox is still visible in the list). I would REALLY appreciate it if users had the option of choosing their own priority colours (and ones that are more translucent so that checkmarks are more easily seen) so that we can use something other than dark blue for a priority level. Colours or shades that are related to each other in varying degrees make more sense to me when determining priority levels (e.g. red, orange, yellow) and since this is already an option when choosing project colours and label colours, could the same option not be made available to users to customize priority levels?

H E E M premium
Replied on Oct 31, 2013 - 09:51


Elsewhere in the "Support" pages and here in "vote Box" there are many more suggestions that are in principle like this one.

Please either:-

1. Change the colours to Bright Red, Bright Yellow, Light Green and white.

2. Allow the user to change the colour of the Check Boxes.

Both suggestions would allow the "tick" for track completed to remain easily seen in the all four colours of check box.

Replied on Jan 26, 2014 - 12:43

Changing Priority colour can be a optional feature

Cliff Donaldson premium
Replied on Feb 10, 2014 - 21:33

Question: Since users have been requesting the option to choose priority colours on this thread for more than a year now, can Doist staff comment on why, when this option already exists for projects and labels, we aren't being extended the same option for prioritizing as well? When something appears to be relatively simple to implement (and already exists elsewhere in the product), it becomes frustrating to hear nothing but silence on the topic. If there is a reasonable explanation proffered as to why this option can't or won't be added, it would sure be appreciated.

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Feb 10, 2014 - 21:39


We are always working on improving what we have, working on many suggestions such as things like this (there are many of them), and are always maintaining bug fixes and related issues. We also have many ideas of our own, other software and so forth. Although we are growing, we are still a very small team as well.

So there can be many reasons for why one idea has not been created yet, but it never means it won't happen, it may just take time. Now I do not know myself, if this is something that can be easily be added or not, but the devs that would be the ones doing it, may be busy on something else. It all depends on what exactly we are concentrating on at the time.

Also, if we reply to a suggestion or not, we always read them and make sure we respond when we have too and make sure they get the correct attention needed.


Bob premium
Replied on Mar 08, 2014 - 09:35

Add me to the list of those who want to change the priority colors. Each user should be able to use a color scheme that best meets their own preference. Thanks!

Cliff Donaldson premium
Replied on Mar 08, 2014 - 20:50

Hi Brendon,

Thank you for your reply. I guess my concern lies in the fact too often, I find companies invest a lot of time and energy pursuing what they "think" is best for their customers, instead of hearing what their customers are "actually" saying they need and want (see Mark Hurst's "Customers Included" for many unfortunate examples of this). I appreciate the need to invest time and energy in developing new features, but if that development is at the expense of addressing current user needs, it may prove unprofitable in the end. I love many aspects of Todoist, but a few small tweaks would make my experience infinitely better. Thanks for listening. :-)

Anthony premium
Replied on Apr 11, 2014 - 13:14

I agree, there needs to be an option to choose your own priority colours. I prefer RAG statuses it seems to be perfectly logical. Red, dark blue, light blue and white is not intuitive, you can't glance at that and see your priority tasks.