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Search for numbers does not work


Search query of some number (sequence of digits) that definitely exists in one or more of my tasks receives no results at all.

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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Aug 27, 2013 - 19:32 UTC

Hi Alexel,

Have you experienced this with more than one number sequence, or a combination or is it just the one? Can you please list the number sequence here if possible, at least how you have it posted.

Is it in the task name, or with the note?


Alexei R
Replied on Aug 27, 2013 - 20:10 UTC

I have experienced it with different occasions.
For example I have project "SW 2012 Installation" with task "Install SW 2012 on Michael's PC"
When I execute query 2012 - I receive string "Friday20 Dec" .

Another example: I have just created task "Test 5028". When I search for 5028 - I receive - "99 days agoMon 20 May"
I have no idea where "99 days agoMon 20 May" string comes from.

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Aug 27, 2013 - 21:14 UTC


Thanks for the information. I have confirmed that searching for numbers does not seem to work. I will confirm with the developers if this is on purpose or if it's a bug.

We will of course resolve it as soon as possible if this is indeed a mistake.


David Trey  staff
Replied on Aug 27, 2013 - 21:46 UTC

Hello Alexei,

If you query only a number, Todoist will understand it as a search for a day. If you type in "10", it will look for tasks due on September 10th (the next 10th of an upcoming month). Looking for 2012 will search for the 20th of December (20/12).

That said, if you want to look for a number that's within a task, you must use the "q:" syntax. If you type "q: 10" or "q: 2012" into the search box, then you will force Todoist to query the exact match within a task's name and override the default date-based shortcuts.

Best regards,

Alexei R
Replied on Aug 28, 2013 - 06:26 UTC

Hello Brendon and David

Thank you. From the beginning I suspected that todoist's search function interprets numbers as dates, but I couldn't find how can I change such behavior. I even tried to use different escape characters like quote marks (double and single) but it wasn't help.
And I couldn't manage to find particular instructions in help section.
I suggest it's worth to stronger emphasize this point in https://todoist.com/Help/timeQuery

Andrew Kingsley  premium
Replied on Nov 08, 2013 - 18:36 UTC

Very helpful reply - thank you