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Can you disable the control-arrow key feature?


The user (at least this user) expects that hitting control-right-arrow and control-left-arrow on the keyboard will jump the cursor between words in the text area. In Todoist, it tries to indent and unindent. I can see the convenience you were going for (given that the TAB key is already spoken for), but is there a different way you can accomplish this (maybe shift-arrow-key?) or allow the user to disable it?

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Aug 13, 2012 - 09:36 UTC

Hello Julian,

unfortunately, that's not possible. Shift+Arrow is used for selecting text and in fact, you can use Ctrl+Shift+Arrow to quickly select the whole text and therefore put the cursor at the end of the line.

If you edit the task name from the 7 days view, you can actually skip the words with Ctrl+Arrow as indenting doesn't work in this view (only in project view, where you usually add multiple tasks at once and may want to indent them right away).

One of the reasons we've decided to use this shortcut for indenting tasks was, aside from the convenience, the fact that usually task names aren't long. Detailed descriptions are usually used within task notes where this shortcut doesn't work, but the task name itself is in most cases relatively short.

Still, thank you for your feedback, we appreciate it and we may consider changing this shortcut in the future.

Best regards,

Dave Hong
Replied on Jul 28, 2013 - 16:12 UTC

I'm in the same bucket as Jullan - being able to disable or customize keyboard shortcuts would be nice to have.

Replied on Sep 05, 2013 - 19:42 UTC

David, you absolutely have to add the option to disable this hotkey, it's a pain to navigate the task's text without using CTRL+Arrow

David Trey  staff
Replied on Sep 05, 2013 - 20:57 UTC

Hello Serge,

Thank you for your feedback. Task names are very short and you could use the "Home" and "End" key to quickly jump to the beginning or the end. If you're adding long names for tasks, we strongly recommend to use task notes for additional task info instead (there's also a character limit for task names, but no limit for notes).

Best regards,

Replied on Sep 05, 2013 - 21:01 UTC

yeah, but even with 3 words in a task name i might want to get back/forward 1 word, and i have to either grab my mouse, or press arrow multiple times to do this now... 5-10 words are pretty common in tasks names.

Dave Hong
Replied on Sep 05, 2013 - 21:51 UTC

+1 to Serge, I agree

Chris Horton
Replied on Sep 06, 2013 - 11:38 UTC

+1 - please do offer the option to disable this shortcut for indenting/outdenting as I would MUCH prefer to be able to use that shortcut for jumping across words and am very happy to indent/outdent using the mouse if necessary (I do that far, far, less often).


Andres Riofrio
Replied on Sep 11, 2013 - 19:38 UTC

There is no day that goes without me accidentally indenting a task when trying to navigate a task name. They usually have 5-7 words.

Talmo Pereira  premium
Replied on Dec 24, 2013 - 21:05 UTC

+1, agreed strongly

Alex Berg  premium
Replied on Apr 30, 2014 - 20:02 UTC
Replied on May 14, 2014 - 12:12 UTC

+1 agree, make the ctrl shortcuts optional please

Marty  premium
Replied on May 14, 2014 - 14:56 UTC

+1 Just adding my own voice here!

BobKnip  premium
Replied on Mar 30, 2015 - 08:48 UTC

+1 Also to me, overriding the default behavior of CTRL+Arrow is quite inconvenient.

Pretty much every other program and OS have carved the default behavior (jump to previous/next word) solidly into our brains for many years. I find it a bit absurd to expect users to make an exception for this one program.

To me, this alone would be a reason not to use Todoist, but my company uses it.

Please allow the user to disable or remap these keyboard shortcuts.

Brendan Loy  premium
Replied on Jun 29, 2015 - 21:25 UTC

I absolutely agree that this a MUST CHANGE request.

David, you make various points in defense of the feature ("task names are very short," etc.), but that misses the point. It is PROGRAMMED INTO MY MUSCLE MEMORY that Control + Arrow allows me to jump between words. I cannot unlearn this bit of muscle memory, because Control + Arrow will continue to work that way in every other application. So the user behavior isn't going to change. Either the software will change, or else what Andres said will continue to be true for me as well: "There is no day that goes without me accidentally indenting a task when trying to navigate a task name."

I am new to Todoist, and overall, I love it. Indeed, I upgraded to Premium almost immediately upon beginning to use the app, I like it so much. And although I've made a few other feature requests, none of them are deal-breakers; they would just be nice additional features. This, though, is different. This glitch is so damn annoying, it may literally cause me to go looking for a different to-do list app.

PLEASE fix it. I'm not asking you to change the default behavior. Just create an option in Settings to turn it off. PLEASE.