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"move to history"


Hi all,

what exactly does "move to history" in the drop down menu of a task do? Archive it? Complete it?
What effect does moving a task to history have to karma?

Thanks and regards,

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Jul 01, 2013 - 17:51 UTC

Hello Andy,

"Move to history" marks a task as completed and places it in the "Completed" list (history). Basically, it's the same as completing a regular non-recurring task, however it forces a recurring task to be completed and removed from the active task list so that's the main implication for it - to check off a recurring task the last time you complete it.

Also, it allows you to remove a completed sub-task from the active task list. The keyboard shortcut for this feature is SHIFT so if you hold down the Shift key and check off a task, then even if it's recurring or a sub-task it will be completed and removed from the list.

Since this feature is technically nothing else than just a completion of a task, you get positive Karma for it.

Best regards,

Andy Puest
Replied on Jul 01, 2013 - 19:00 UTC

Hi David,
thanks for the extensive reply. I plan to use it to complete "asterix tasks" (without the checkbox).

Michel Goossens
Replied on Jan 09, 2014 - 12:00 UTC

Hello, i am new to todoist and I clicked on move to history by accident. I tried to recover the task but it has completely disappeared. So how do I recover that task ? Thank you.

Michel Goossens
Replied on Jan 09, 2014 - 12:09 UTC

Answering to myself, I found the little button like a clock with a backwards arrow at the right bottom of the project view.

Replied on Aug 22, 2014 - 22:49 UTC

The "Move to history" should be rename to "Complete Recurring task".

Lauri Reinart  premium
Replied on Nov 11, 2014 - 17:04 UTC


I think that it is good that the completed task doesn't dissapear at once it's marked as complete. It's handy when I assigne a whole bunch of tasks to co-workers and after that I review whats done then i clearly see it. And sometimes I check it as undone because there is still something missing.

But usually after reviewing the tasks I do need to hide them and sometimes there is a whole bunch of them.

I can't un-check and then re-check holding Shift because then the assignees get false notifications.

I tried to Ctrl-select several tasks and then from the drop-down menu - Move to history but that also doesn't seem to work.

Long story shortly:
Is there a way to move several tasks to history at ones or is there a shortcut-key to do it?

Lola Díaz Barriga  premium
Replied on Feb 27, 2015 - 15:20 UTC


I thought move to history could help to mark recurrent tasks that are not completed.

So for example if I have that task to "walk for 30 minutes" everyday and I missed it one day, I do not want a) to delete the task (because is recurrent and I want the task to be there for tomorrow); b) to mark as completed (because is a lie); c) to have it hanging in there forever (because is very annoying to have a reminder of tasks you missed hundreds of days ago).

If "moving to history" doesn't work (because that completes and finishes the recurrent task) what is the solution for this kind of scenario?


David Trey  staff
Replied on Feb 27, 2015 - 16:01 UTC

Hello Lola,

If you miss a recurring task, you can either leave it as "overdue" and next time you do complete it, it will just go to the next occurrence, or right-click on it and select "postpone" :-)


Lauri Reinart  premium
Replied on Feb 27, 2015 - 16:08 UTC


Well if you do want to do the walking then you should go for a walk :) and then you can check it off. If it's a repeating task then the new date will be set the next time where it should occur. In every day case tomorrow.

If you don't go for a walk it will be overdue and if you don't go for a walk for longer time then it will cost you karma points. I know the points doesn't mean anything but you know I've done something just to check off the darn thing so it wouldn't cost me the points ... it is motivating in its odd way.

If you won't go for a walk anyways then there is no point to keep the task. You can delete it or remove the due date or put a due date in a month - it's called renegotiation with yourself ;) and see then whether you find motivation for a walk or not ... and so on.

You should read David Allens book "Get Things Done" http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Things-Done-Stress-Free-Productivity/dp/0142000280. It really helps you to get rid of the things that you won't do anyways BUT in that a way that you don't feel bad about it ;)


Lola Díaz Barriga  premium
Replied on Mar 09, 2015 - 12:29 UTC


Thanks for answering me, some of your advice will help me... I guess it is just a matter of finding out how to work with recurring tasks and how to get things done.

good to know that moving to history makes the task automatically complete.