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Search completed repeating tasks?


As a premium user, I am able to see my history of completed tasks at https://todoist.com/app?v=161#completed. And, if I search for a task that was a one-off (single instance), and click the"Search completed tasks..." link, it finds that completed task. However, when I search for a task that is/was repeating, and then click the "Search completed tasks..." link, I get "No tasks matches your query." (If the task is still ongoing, then I do get the next uncompleted instance in the result, but not any completed instances.)

Is this by design or a bug? Because personally, I would like to be able to search for, say, "work out", and quickly see the past dates where I completed that repeating task. It wouldn't necessarily have to go back forever -- maybe show the last 30 instances with a link to the complete task history after that.

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Sep 06, 2013 - 17:56 UTC

Hello Jamie,

This is by design. The list of task in the Premium feature "View All Completed" doesn't really store these task, this is more like a log of what tasks you've checked off, that's why we can include completion events of recurring tasks.

However, the completed task list visible in the search option is the one you can access within a project when you click on the icon in the bottom-right corner and these tasks are actually elements stored there. You can even delete all these completed tasks and it will clear this list in a certain project, but the "log" ("View All Completed") will remain.

That said, it's indeed not possible to search for a recurring task and find is as a completed task as it's not really completed, it only creates a "note" in the other completed log, but as a workaround, if you know in what project the "work out" task is, you can use the "View All Completed" log and then just pick the project from the drop-down list there and you'll be able to find all completion events from this task more easily.

Best regards,

Replied on Sep 06, 2013 - 19:13 UTC

Fair enough! Thanks for the clarification!

Replied on Nov 21, 2013 - 18:19 UTC

So let me make sure I understand this. I can search all history of completed tasks? I am anal and want to be able to access all history of completed tasks and the date they were completed. Let me know if this is possible? I also would like to be able to view my completed tasks below the on-going tasks.



Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Nov 21, 2013 - 18:22 UTC


Yes that is correct. You can access all completed tasks through the Project menu or the Karma link.

Completed tasks can't be visible along side on-going tasks though, only sub-tasks will remain until the parent task is completed.


Replied on Nov 07, 2014 - 16:40 UTC

I don't think it make sense.

A recurring task can never be finished (unless you stop the recurring)? A recurring task, such as "clean fridge", is independent to each other. When you check one, you just finished one task.

And also, I never have chance to see how many time I have finish the task during the last month? I believe those completion dates are as important as those non-recurring tasks. For example, how many "workout" finished in the last month is interesting for me.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Feb 24, 2015 - 15:30 UTC


There are 2 places in which you can find completed tasks:

1. If you enter a project, you can click on the circular icon (clock) at the bottom to load completed tasks - this is where you'll find tasks that are "physically" there. By that I mean - a non-recurring task will go there right-away, a recurring task will not as it'll stay on the active task list, just get a new date.

2. You can click on the Karma score at the top and go to "View All" - this is where you'll find a detailed "log" of your completed task. On this list you will find every single completion instance of recurring tasks, you'll see tasks from all projects, sorted by date with the exact time stamp when they were completed.

That said, you can use the second option to keep track of completion events of recurring tasks and see how many times you've checked them off at any given time :-)