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Default project


How can I define a default project? I mean i would like to include all the tasks that i enter to accumulate into a default project and then sort then at leisure.

In the rush of things (which usually is in office) it is difficult to enter the task and then think immediately which project should I assign the task to.

In the suggested manner, i can have the todo on list and then later at leisure (at home) classify them at leisure.

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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on May 02, 2013 - 18:28 UTC


There is no direct way to choose a default project when adding a new task, but you can have the same outcome with this workaround. This is only available on the web version and the browser add-ons.

Your list of Projects on the left hand side actually dictates which project is selected when adding a new task. The project that is on the top of the list of your projects is the one that shows up when you add a new task.

If you grab the 3 dots on the left side of the project name and drag it to the top, that project becomes your default.

To solve your problem, you could create a project with the name of "default", or something similar and drag it to the top, then everything gets added to that automatically.

I hope I explained this well enough, if not let me know, and I can explain further.


Joe B  premium
Replied on Nov 05, 2013 - 04:00 UTC

When I do this and add a task, I still get INBOX. I can't drag a project above the INBOX.

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Nov 05, 2013 - 04:27 UTC

Hi Joe,

The Inbox project is now the default project and can't be changed in order. A new design will be soon be coming that will change the way it works and looks.


Timothy Wise
Replied on May 01, 2014 - 00:07 UTC

Any update to this? I really find the Inbox being the default adding extra clicks to get the new tasks into the proper project.

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on May 01, 2014 - 00:10 UTC


No updates on this at this time, and as of now, it's not likely to change for awhile.


Mike Torres  premium
Replied on Aug 19, 2014 - 00:48 UTC

Chiming in on this - ideally in Todoist Settings there's a way to select a default project (even if it only works on the web)

Megan Doud
Replied on Aug 25, 2014 - 21:44 UTC

I would love to see the ability to change the default project too. Hopefully soon...?

Blair Golson
Replied on Sep 08, 2014 - 21:30 UTC

Yep, I'd love it, too. Seems strange that "Inbox" is the default -- as I never, myself, put anything into my "Inbox."

Michael Moss  premium
Replied on Jan 03, 2015 - 13:47 UTC

I would also like to add my input to this. The inbox is kinda what we want in a way, but for example 90% of my actions go to my main project, which I eventually resort to the subprojects etc. With the other 10% I *mostly* put them in the other head projects before sorting them out later.

Jeannine  premium
Replied on Feb 28, 2015 - 20:32 UTC

+1 for the ability to choose a default project for adding new items and as opening view. It's important enough to me that I will abandon my premium TD account if I can find another app that does this.

R. Kleer  premium
Replied on Mar 09, 2015 - 17:48 UTC

I too would greatly appreciate the ability to define my own default project. I never use the Inbox; for every task I create must manually select a different project. If I forget to do this, I can easily lose sight of the task I just created because I never check the inbox.

Timothy Wise
Replied on Mar 09, 2015 - 17:59 UTC

Wow. Almost 2 years to respond to a pretty simple and useful feature request. Sad.

Klemen  premium
Replied on Mar 10, 2015 - 06:55 UTC

It would be useful to define default project. It takes so much time to choose the same project each time I add a new task. Can you please solve it soon!

Maureen Hosinski  premium
Replied on Mar 13, 2015 - 15:06 UTC

I agree about the llllloooong time for a setting fix. We should be able to change the default.

Gustav Gnosspelius  premium
Replied on Mar 18, 2015 - 08:57 UTC

I wish Todoist allowed for more deafult-settings. Such as default project (I never use inbox) and view.

dreadpiratejeff  premium
Replied on Apr 07, 2015 - 20:29 UTC

+1. I never use Inbox either. IN fact, the fact that I can not set a default project is one of the biggest reasons why I still use other tools to manage things and don't exclusively use Todoist, DESPITE the fact that I am a paying customer.

It's a shame that they keep ignoring and placating this same request / complaint / issue over and over without giving their actual users what they want. It's not huge, I just want to default to something OTHER than that stupid inbox which is useless for me.

Martin Helmer
Replied on Apr 08, 2015 - 08:50 UTC

Can we at least get a comment on this?

Are you even considering to implement this feature? You should consider some kind of https://www.uservoice.com so that you can see how important this feature is to people.

Stewart McCrone  premium
Replied on May 31, 2015 - 16:26 UTC

I also have a problem with the InBox as a default...change has been mentioned last year...surely there is some demand from this list alone?

dreadpiratejeff  premium
Replied on Jun 01, 2015 - 12:19 UTC

No, it's been asked many, many times by many, many people and the Todoist staff says basically STFU we know what you want and how you should be working better than you do....

Henry Suryawirawan  premium
Replied on Jun 30, 2015 - 04:24 UTC

I also vote for a Default Project feature.
Inbox is pretty much useless to me.

David Mason
Replied on Jul 01, 2015 - 14:54 UTC

Default project settings, please.

Douglas Cutchins  premium
Replied on Sep 21, 2015 - 12:23 UTC

+1. Maybe if we ask for this every few months someone will eventually change it? I never use inbox, and wish I could set it to something else. This should be basic functionality.

Michael Moss  premium
Replied on Sep 21, 2015 - 12:36 UTC

I like the rebranding, however, I would like this more!!!

weerwatwijzer  premium
Replied on Sep 24, 2015 - 07:22 UTC

Indeed, let's talk about rebranding.... not really. How much effort must have gone into that? And when I try to find how to set my default project and skip the inbox I find the first requests for this very basic feature were made two years ago?
Seriously? (The Karma drop on this ought to be huge)