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How can I search completed tasks?


It seems that full text search does not work on completed tasks. Those are the tasks that I am most likely going to need to search.

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Sep 30, 2012 - 06:13 UTC

Hello Glenn,

the in-task search (q: ) does include completed tasks in the results, but only as long as they're still stored within the project. If you've ever used the "Delete completed" option (link at the bottom of a task list), then none of the completed tasks from this project will appear in the search results.

However, aside from completed tasks, Todoist tracks the completion history which can be accessed through the "## Completed" link in the top-right corner. This list doesn't have a query option, but you can filter the whole completion history by project, time and label.

Best regards,

Glenn Johnson  premium
Replied on Sep 30, 2012 - 10:29 UTC

I click on

"Get completed tasks"

That gives me a list of completed tasks.

For instance, the following task has been completed:
"transfer video files to my computer"

I then type in the search box:
q: video

and get the following back:
Active items

No tasks found

Completed tasks

No tasks found

I would expect the task that contains the search term to show up in the search list.

Glenn Johnson  premium
Replied on Sep 30, 2012 - 10:37 UTC

I just created a new project called "test" and a task called "test task".

I then did a search for "test" [q: test]

The test task was returned in the "Active Items" list. I then completed the task and repeated the search. Nothing was returned.

I then marked the task as not complete and redid the search. The result was returned in the "Active items list".

Clearly, searching for completed tasks is not working.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Sep 30, 2012 - 11:49 UTC


thank you for this information, I've been able to reproduce this issue now. It seems to affect only recently added/completed tasks as I still can search for completed items that have been completed a long time ago.

I have passed this issue to the developers and we'll try to fix this bug as soon as we can. Sorry for any inconvenience it might have caused you and thank you for your report.

Best regards,

Krasimir Koeff
Replied on Mar 26, 2014 - 10:57 UTC

hello, could you please provide an option to see the date when the task was

David Trey  staff
Replied on Mar 26, 2014 - 11:35 UTC

Hello Krasimir,

This option is already available in Todoist Premium. You can click on the Karma score at the top, then "View All Completed" and you will see a list of all completed tasks from all projects sorted by date with their exact time of completion listed and you can filter it by project, timeframe or label.

Best regards,

Masaharu  staff in training
Replied on Jan 25, 2015 - 07:30 UTC

Hi David,

Is it possible to search tasks that are completed more than 40 days ago?
I can find all completed task from "View All Completed" or find recently closed tasks by "q:taskname" but it seems I cannot find it unless I use browser control+F short cut.

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Jan 25, 2015 - 12:46 UTC

Hi Masaharu,

We've rebuilt our index so you should be able to search completed tasks regardless when it was completed. Can you please try clearing the cache of your browser and check if it works afterwards?


Urbano Freitas
Replied on Feb 20, 2015 - 12:15 UTC

Hi Everyone,

I also would appreciate being able to find all my Task completed easily. Probably by using a filter as proposed.

Also it would be nice to being able to at any time to uncheck a task as completed. Sometimes we tough a task was completed but in fact isn't!

Thanks for the awesome product.

Bartek B.  premium
Replied on Mar 20, 2015 - 22:07 UTC

I also need to be able searching completed tasks. It definitely not working now.

Alfredo Matos  premium
Replied on Apr 27, 2015 - 21:34 UTC

It would definitely be a major plus to search, lets say, all tasks completed in the last seven days. Useful for status and reports.

Bart Bisschops  premium
Replied on Jun 02, 2015 - 11:12 UTC

I second these requests. Being able to search completed tasks is a crucial feature. Not working at all right now

John Gardner  premium
Replied on Jun 15, 2015 - 16:42 UTC

I second these requests as well. Need a simple and easy way to search all completed tasks

Chelsea Noel  premium
Replied on Jun 17, 2015 - 15:36 UTC

I find it odd that this would be a premium feature. Seems like a pretty basic function of any task management tool.