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Ability to set sort order

It would be nice to be able to sort any list of tasks in an order set by the user. i.e. priority, date, alphabetical.

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David Trey staff
Replied on Aug 20, 2013 - 05:27

Hello John,

You can already sort all tasks in any project by priority, date or name using the "Task actions" icon at the top. There are also two keyboard shortcuts:
- "s" to sort your tasks by date
- "p" to sort them by priority.

Best regards,

John Lowe premium
Replied on Aug 20, 2013 - 07:12


Thanks for the prompt reply. I am familiar with that functionality of Todoist. What I was referring to is the ability to force a specific sort order. i.e. sort first on date, sort 2nd by name, sort 3rd by priority and then if the user wanted a different sort could specify sort first by priority, sort 2nd by date, sort 3rd by name. Right now, as a new Todoist premium user when I sort my task list by date the tasks do not then fall into the order from highest to lowest priority, even if I do a priority sort before the date sort. Maybe I am doing something wrong. When sorted by date I would like to be able to then specify sort by priority so the tasks on that day fall into the correct priority order.

While it seems nit picky it, this is actually a very useful feature of a competitor Toodledo.

Best Regards,

David Trey staff
Replied on Aug 20, 2013 - 09:33


Thank you for clarifying. I have now reopened this suggestion.

Unfortunately, it's indeed not possible to stack sorting orders. If you sort by date - you'll see just a sort by date, same applies to other criteria, but it will not remember what was your last sort and use it as a secondary order.

The best way to achieve this, though, is by looking at the "today" or "7 days view". They are always grouped automatically by date, then sorted by time, then priority, then grouped by project.

Best regards,

Joseph Pavia
Replied on Sep 06, 2013 - 15:07

It would really be fabulous if there was a way for the user to select any of the sorts as primary and then any of the possible sorts as secondary for any particular occasion. I wonder: is it difficult to make this available. Many programs, such as Toodledo, offer this feature. I like much about Todoist but its sorting limitations have me studying other programs.

Thanks for all you do provide, Todoist. But just a bit more powerful sorting would help a lot.


jacalyn.macfarlane premium
Replied on Oct 03, 2013 - 08:33

Yes, todoist definitely needs better sorting capabilities - my tasks keep getting lost amongst each other - there's a bunch of suggestions for sorting and it shouldn't be too hard, can we get them all tackled at once please?

jacalyn.macfarlane premium
Replied on Oct 03, 2013 - 08:34

Also, can we promote these suggestions?

David Trey staff
Replied on Oct 03, 2013 - 10:19

Hello Jacalyn,

Yes, you're welcome to promote these :)

Best regards,

Liberty premium
Replied on Jan 22, 2014 - 09:44

The new Todoist looks great! I will admit I was hoping for some more features with respect to sorting. Having more control over sorting (e.g., stacked sorting, being able to group tasks on my 'today' list, etc.) would be incredibly helpful. Thanks!

vacoulterYOU . premium
Replied on Feb 11, 2014 - 05:07

I am in need of the user-chosen stacked sorting as well. And I do not see a consistent sorting of the today feature as described above, though I don't currently have time to

Jack premium
Replied on Feb 18, 2014 - 10:00

This is the biggest pain point I've noticed in an otherwise very solid platform. The lack of a single view of items which are overdue or due today, sorted by Priority or Label is quite odd.

It seems rather pointless to go through the trouble of assigning Priorities and Labels, if you can't show them in context.

vacoulterYOU . premium
Replied on Feb 19, 2014 - 04:12

Still seeing inconsistencies in auto-sort of TODAY

Stuart Buchanan premium
Replied on Mar 10, 2014 - 15:25

Hi David

Re your comment on Today list: "They are always grouped automatically by date, then sorted by time, then priority, then grouped by project."

I don't see this sorting happening automatically on the Mac desktop app - tasks (which have no time / priority set against them) are not grouped by project. Am I missing something?

Would be great to have the Task Actions function added to the Today or Next 7 Days list.

Brendon Wadey staff
Replied on Mar 10, 2014 - 15:35


Are you saying the MacApp shows differently then the web version or a mobile version of your list? If not, then have you manually sorted it? As that would change how it appears.


Judi Sohn premium
Replied on Mar 12, 2014 - 09:22

I need to add my voice to the chorus here. I can Sort by Date or Sort by Priority or Sort by Name within a project view, but as soon as I add a new task it goes to the bottom even if I set it for a recent date. If I edit a task with a due date of Today to be due next week instead, it still sits where it was among the Today tasks in the project until I select "Sort by Date" again to re-sort.

Being able to control exactly what I see, how I see it and when I see it within a project is critical. Please give this issue the priority it deserves - unless you can't see it in your list because you didn't manually re-sort it? ;-)

Hugo de Bruin premium
Replied on Mar 14, 2014 - 05:45

I agree with this. If I start working on a project, it would be nice to see projects grouped in my todolist for today. Now I resort manually every day

celita972 premium
Replied on Mar 19, 2014 - 10:46


celita972 premium
Replied on Mar 19, 2014 - 10:46


Pawel Szopinski premium
Replied on Mar 19, 2014 - 13:15

I agree with this too. This should also be added to filters, labels etc in addition to the project lists.

chad.smith04 premium
Replied on Apr 14, 2014 - 15:08

I agree. Primary, secondary, and tertiary sort options are almost a necessity with everything that most of our people do. I am currently trying to make this work with Todoist since it is otherwise a great program, but will probably be looking at other options as well.