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Why did you choose a "check" icon for entering new todos?


I find the check icon counter-intuitive, as it seems that I am checking my new task off as complete. Almost as if I just added it for record keeping.

Is there an 'enter' button somewhere that I am not seeing?

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Dec 06, 2013 - 16:51 UTC

Hello Benjamin,

We thought it's more intuitive than a complex floppy disk icon (especially as floppies have been abandoned a long time ago), but we'll consider changing it in the future and you're welcome to add a request for such change to our Votebox: http://todoist.com/Vote_Android/

Best regards,

Aaron Whiting  premium
Replied on May 15, 2014 - 23:09 UTC


I also find the places this "tick" icon appears to be difficult.
On android I have accidentally ticked a task complete when I just wanted to finish changing a note.
I suggest that the only place a tick should be is for marking a task complete. In other locations an "OK" or "SAVE" icon would be appropriate.

Please change.

Replied on Jul 27, 2014 - 12:38 UTC

I agree that it isn't intuitive for the tick to sometimes mean 'mark task as complete' and sometimes to mean 'save changes'.

Example: when adding or editing a task in Android, the tick means 'save changes' and when in a task list with a task 'selected', the same tick symbol means 'mark task as complete'. The tick also appears in the list of 'completed' tasks.

In the Android version, change the 'tick' symbol on the edit task + add task screens to something else... perhaps a red button with the word 'save' (for consistency with the web inline editing function) or red button with the words 'add task' (for consistency with the web 'add task' dialog).

Add 'Save changes' to the popup menu that's available in the Android 'Edit task' or 'Add task' view.

When clicking the 'back' key on the phone, the user currently gets a 'Discard your changes? ... cancel/OK' dialog. This could be changed to 3 options: 'keep changes / discard changes / continue editing'.

There seems to be a convention on Android / iOS where going back to the previous menu level saves changes to whatever screen you're in without asking for confirmation. (Example: phone settings for both iOS and Android). This could be replicated in Todoist.

Ed Morley  premium
Replied on Aug 04, 2014 - 12:41 UTC

I was about to create a new question for this.
I'm totally for using something other than the out of date "floppy disk" save icon - but the main thing is that Todoist doesn't use two icons to mean the same thing. ie: at the moment the check box means both "save" and "mark task as completed" which is confusing.