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Copy a task?

Is it possible to copy a task? Why do I need this? When I´ve done a task and I have to wait for a reaction of this tasks, I´m used to have a task with the label @waiting for and a date in the future. I will not change the label on the existing task, because I mark the task as done. Now I coped the suject of the task and create the same task again...

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Nov 11, 2013 - 14:40 UTC

Hello Gerwin,

Technically - no and yes. No, it's not possible to copy one task using any Todoist functionality directly. Yes, you can create a template from a project and then import the whole task set from the exported template as shown in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rl_CLGY_3o

However, this may not be convenient in your situation so I would recommend one of these options:

1. Don't check off this task, if it requires a follow-up add a note with any information required for the follow-up.

2. If you know this task will require a follow up already, create a parent task about the main goal/case, and sub-tasks: make a call, follow-up, check something etc.

3. Use labels and move the date as you used to. It can be a good method - you attempt to complete the task, but it requires another action, you edit it by adding a@waiting or @followup label and edit the date to when you want to do it and only then consider this task as truly complete.

Best regards,

Greg Pill  premium
Replied on Nov 27, 2013 - 02:46 UTC

too much work and too confusing. When will copying of tasks be available? Seems like a very basic request to which I concur. The template export is way to techie.

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Nov 27, 2013 - 02:53 UTC


Within the Project, top right corner is a button, click it, then click Export. It downloads to a TXT file. Then you just do the same thing, but Import.

But we understand the need for single options.


richardparris  premium
Replied on Dec 13, 2013 - 10:58 UTC

Dates like 'today and wednesday' would be a great way to do this for my use cases...

David Trey  staff
Replied on Dec 13, 2013 - 13:05 UTC

Hello Richard,

We'll consider adding such date options in the future, but if the task you'd like to set up should always recur on two days of the week, you can use the date "every Fri, Wed".

Best regards,

Bob Simon  premium
Replied on Oct 09, 2014 - 12:45 UTC

Another way to do it might be to add an expiration to the recurring task specification such as:

Clean fridge with due date every 3 months starting 10 April until 10 August
Clean fridge with due date every 3 months starting 10 April 20 times
Clean fridge with due date every 3 months starting 10 April for one year

Jerry Boutot Jr.  premium
Replied on Oct 24, 2014 - 17:52 UTC

Why are you charging money for this program when I can't even perform the MOST BASIS of computer tasks that have been around since the first version of Windows? Cut/Copy/Paste??????????

Mark Williams  premium
Replied on Nov 12, 2014 - 21:39 UTC

Gotta agree with Jerry. Being able to duplicate a task is a very basic function that should be built into the interface, and should not require export/import. My two cents...

Seren Cohen
Replied on Nov 25, 2014 - 14:49 UTC

ditto - a copy function is a "must have." needs for copying tasks not met by setting up "repeat" schedules or anything else. Should be shortcut. Thx.

Chad Barlow  premium
Replied on Dec 04, 2014 - 00:39 UTC

Agreed. Please add copy/paste, and include all task data (delegates, date, etc.)

Chad Barlow  premium
Replied on Dec 04, 2014 - 00:40 UTC

Copy/paste for projects would also be very nice.

rlyell  premium
Replied on Dec 30, 2014 - 19:53 UTC

I am nearing the time for my Premium renewal and need some information. Is the ability to copy a task on the radar, or is there a reason it will not be an option? Many other To do List / task manager programs offer this and it seems like a basic function (though I am not a programmer).
I use ToDoist for many projects, some simple and some complex. Here is a very simple reason for using a copy function: Leaving for work, I start a load of clothes to dry that need to folded as soon as I return home. It would be nice to have a "Fold clothes" template to activate/copy and simply add a reminder for my return time instead of having to completely enter all of the information.

Chris Ruska  premium
Replied on Jan 05, 2015 - 19:41 UTC


jeremy.swagger  premium
Replied on Jan 07, 2015 - 19:52 UTC


Uschi Ronnenberg  premium
Replied on Jan 14, 2015 - 13:19 UTC

I often have the need of copying tasks (rather similar jobs for different customers, that I'd like to copy rather than writing them again and again with only little changes) and would urgently want this ability to be realised.

So: +1

alba.luis  premium
Replied on Jan 29, 2015 - 16:47 UTC


Uschi Ronnenberg  premium
Replied on Jan 29, 2015 - 16:58 UTC

This thread started in November 2013 - have things developed since then, Todoist?

Alan Switzer
Replied on Feb 12, 2015 - 15:13 UTC

Wow - considering going Premium and moving over from Toodledo, but duplicating tasks is pretty basic. If Todoist doesn't have it, I'm not certain that it's a viable option. Too bad, because the interface is really nice to work with IMHO.

Uschi Ronnenberg  premium
Replied on Feb 12, 2015 - 19:50 UTC

This is a task - an urgent wish of more than one premium user - since more than a year. Todoist team, do you notice that? Will there be something being done? Thanks for an actual information. :-|

Lisa Stratton  premium
Replied on Feb 16, 2015 - 23:33 UTC

I would also highly value this function.

Cae  premium
Replied on Feb 21, 2015 - 00:02 UTC

+1 - Any developments?

Alan Switzer
Replied on Feb 21, 2015 - 00:26 UTC

I'm close to deciding that Todoist just isn't quite ready and I'm sticking with Toodledo, which has all of the features that Todoist users keep asking for. I'll check back to see if there's been progress.

Uschi Ronnenberg  premium
Replied on Feb 21, 2015 - 11:25 UTC

Via Twitter account Todoist answered this: "Unfortunately not right now, but you can use templates to copy whole sets of tasks :) We'll consider copy task in the future." This is not satisfying at all. When my Premium ends I might decide to leave as well - as a paying customer I feel a little mocked within this task. Too bad.

Benny  premium
Replied on Mar 05, 2015 - 15:11 UTC


richardparris  premium
Replied on Mar 05, 2015 - 15:20 UTC

@todoist is there a difficulty preventing this feature?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Mar 05, 2015 - 15:46 UTC


I'm unsure if there are any technical difficulties preventing this from being added right now, but we'll look into it in the future.


Mia Andersen  premium
Replied on Mar 11, 2015 - 03:38 UTC

+1 for a copy function.

Often I have tasks that I need to do in various multiple processes. I like to keep all notes/attachments related to a task in the notes section of that task.

It's a pain to re-type, and copy-paste each note in (losing the original date they were made) and re-attache attachments.

I really really would like to have the functionality to copy the whole note (perhaps under the three dots where the deleted task option is)

Θωμάς Δεληγιάννης  premium
Replied on Mar 26, 2015 - 21:11 UTC

+1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-S

Θωμάς Δεληγιάννης  premium
Replied on Mar 26, 2015 - 21:14 UTC

basic function for task manager...!! :-!

Gerwin Schalk
Replied on Mar 26, 2015 - 22:25 UTC

Yes, this would be a time saver!

Flo C
Replied on Mar 26, 2015 - 22:38 UTC

I agree with Alan Switzer, superb interface and integration but lack of many core features.