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When rescheduling in bulk I must chose each task individually with the control or shift key. The shift Key should allow a group of tasks to be selected simultaneously in bulk. This is a standard convention. Is there a way to do this?

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 03, 2014 - 21:51 UTC

Hello Greg,

Unfortunately, it's not possible to select all tasks at once, you will need to hold Ctrl or Shift and click on each task one-by-one.

We will consider adding a "select all" option in the future, though and you're welcome to vote for this request in our Votebox: http://todoist.com/Vote/showProposal/577/

Best regards,

Replied on Feb 14, 2014 - 14:23 UTC

The other way to do this would be to let SHIFT + Select = contiguous group of tasks. You've implemented CTRL + Select correctly, but SHIFT + Select seems like an oversight or something you meant to correct but never did.

This is a material annoyance that users have lived with, but one that makes me want to go back to Wunderlist or Appigo's app. If the German Wunderlist crew ever figure out proper UI for task entry or Appigo ever offers a free cloud solution, I would consider migrating back to to either one.

Todoist is a very well done application, but a few small changes would improve user experience tremendously:

* Have a toggle for auto-sorting. Or have headers that allow sorting when clicked.
* Identify subtasks with the parent task in Today or other views. Currently, all you see is an indented task with no context. If you have two parent tasks with similar subtasks, date-based views render subtasks as currently implemented as useless.
* Fix the sorting in IOS. Seriously, this one is embarrassing. I can't open my Todoist app on iPad or iPhone because it messes up the sorting on the desktop app.
* Change the upgraded pricing to $10 per year. I'm willing to bet that you get 7x the number of paying users you have currently. $30 requires thought and testing. $10 is an impulse purchase.
* CTRL + TAB (or some other thoughtful key combination) = Next Project. Todoist has done a good job with keyboard shortcuts, but switching between projects requires a mouse click. Maybe CTRL + 1 for 1st project, CTRL + 2 for 2nd project, etc.
* Mass selection should respond to a right click. Right now, selecting multiple tasks and then right clicking only affects the single task that was right clicked. This is incorrect.

We like your product. These are not X.0 changes. Please make us happy!


Chris Redfearn
Replied on Aug 04, 2014 - 15:07 UTC

+5 on Chung72.

I just got back from vacation and just realized how hard it was going to be to move my to do list from last week into this one. One-by-one click, with having to manage a multiple stage drop down menu is very time consuming. I'd rather be getting (other) things done...

As with the others, I like Todoist, but this really looks like something that's a problem.


Jack Vaughan
Replied on Sep 18, 2014 - 15:18 UTC

I totally agree - would be great to have this as a feature. I also think it's really important for large organisations, who are constantly delegating projects & tasks from one day to the next.

Simon Jendrian
Replied on Oct 03, 2014 - 22:56 UTC

I keep rescheduling tasks in bulk and having better selection mechanisms would be great.

Laura H
Replied on Oct 07, 2014 - 16:59 UTC

Please fix this. As stated above, if the "Shift + Select" features worked as expected (click the first in a list to select, then click the last to select everything in between) this would be fine. As it is, having to single click every item is a real pain.

Nat F  premium
Replied on Nov 02, 2014 - 16:04 UTC

+1 on this

Ryan Walls
Replied on Nov 12, 2014 - 14:33 UTC


Emily Jewett  premium
Replied on Nov 16, 2014 - 14:23 UTC


Rahne Alexander  premium
Replied on Nov 18, 2014 - 17:15 UTC


Salvador Nunez
Replied on Nov 21, 2014 - 21:53 UTC


TL Peterson  premium
Replied on Nov 29, 2014 - 20:16 UTC


davidspreekmeester  premium
Replied on Dec 01, 2014 - 13:05 UTC

I wouldn't even call this a feature, especially in a productivity app. Could you please implement Shift + Select, as suggested above? I still feel the whole batch functionality is a little wonky as it is right now (I wrote more on that in other tickets), but this would be a quick win.

We should at least have a way to painlessly reschedule a bunch of tasks without any Carpal Tunnel Syndrome :)

Minh  premium
Replied on Dec 05, 2014 - 09:37 UTC

I see many are requesting this feature. Please think about implementing as soon as possible. It would save us so much time and effort. Thank you! :)


Alex Buckingham
Replied on Dec 05, 2014 - 11:59 UTC

Shift + Click works, but the order of tasks isn't retained when moving to another date.

Replied on Dec 05, 2014 - 16:44 UTC

I just checked and SHIFT + CLICK does not work. Please remember that SHIFT + CLICK is supposed to select a contiguous block.

I went back to Appigo. They took my money for an annual subscription and it looks like they've lost interest in development. Their web app is awful.

I'm back to Wunderlist now. Good support, but but not as good as Todoist for entering tasks. At least I can reschedule easily.


Mikołaj Magnuski
Replied on Dec 05, 2014 - 21:01 UTC

+ 1

James  premium
Replied on Dec 11, 2014 - 11:14 UTC


davidspreekmeester  premium
Replied on Dec 11, 2014 - 19:03 UTC

The last reply from Todoist on this issue is from almost a year ago. The suggestion made then (Votebox) doesn't even exist anymore.
I think it would help if you could give us some feedback on your plans of implementing this apparently much desired 'feature'. Imagine me air-quoting that, because I've had ugly Windows apps in the nineties that did this kind of stuff out of the box, so I experience it as a bug, not a missing feature...

David Trey  staff
Replied on Dec 11, 2014 - 21:05 UTC

Hello David,

We're currently not working on this, but it's something we'll consider for future updates.


davidspreekmeester  premium
Replied on Dec 11, 2014 - 22:48 UTC

Okay, thanks for the update David.

Rob  premium
Replied on Dec 16, 2014 - 06:09 UTC

David, I understand your resources are limited but this seems like a simple thing to fix, or at least a basic feature that you should have, and I'm pretty confident it would be a huge time saver for the vast majority of your user base. I strongly urge you to reconsider your lack of attention to this detail.

Mike Peiman  premium
Replied on Feb 05, 2015 - 19:08 UTC

+1, more if I could. All the user comments on this have been relevant. This is basic UI functionality. Shift-click for contiguous selection is a virtually universal software interface standard.

There were a couple of other good suggestions in the thread too; I also +1 for having a "focus list" for the day - it's something I've already found the need for and implemented as a workaround: I have my Top Three Priorities as red-flagged tasks, recurring every weekday. I just tick them "done" as a daily reminder. Still, this is a clunky workaround and would be better as a separate list.

Dallas Parrott
Replied on Feb 09, 2015 - 01:02 UTC

Please add Sect ALL & Deselect all please.

ro  premium
Replied on Feb 15, 2015 - 09:53 UTC


ronald  premium
Replied on Feb 24, 2015 - 17:29 UTC


Christopher Misson  premium
Replied on Feb 25, 2015 - 23:41 UTC


Burgess Xavier  premium
Replied on Feb 27, 2015 - 09:43 UTC

Jesus! ... why cant you all just fix this already....

This is standard global basic UI function... I mean a whole year+ and you guys cannot implement a simple select all or shift+ to bulk select..I mean really man?... really?

I for one started testing other task management software, I will switch if this is not fixed.

This is crazy


Laura H
Replied on Feb 27, 2015 - 21:14 UTC

Don't hold your breath. I don't know what Todoist's developers are working on, but after a year as a premium member it was obvious to me that they were not working on their user's requests. Note my name no longer has the "premium" flag.

If you're still in your 30 day trial - I recommend getting out now.

Robert Norbeau
Replied on Mar 02, 2015 - 00:03 UTC

agreed, this is currently preventing me from wanting to purchase premium

bellamypaul123  premium
Replied on Mar 09, 2015 - 08:05 UTC

It's a bit of a first world problem, but would be handy given the amount of tasks I usually have to reschedule... :-)

Kamal Patel  premium
Replied on Mar 10, 2015 - 03:49 UTC

Why is this not being considered right now?

Many, many people bulk reschedule their tasks. Without the votebox, there's no way to quantify how many, but I'm guessing it's a ton.

Due to inability to shift-select, my tasks sometimes build up solely due to not wanting to individually select each one. Every other quality app I can think of lets you bulk select.

Mary Maier  premium
Replied on Mar 13, 2015 - 20:30 UTC

Please fix this, it seems like a very basic feature that would be easy to fix! Just shift + click to select multiple tasks all at once, and ctrl + click to individually select tasks.

This is even more upsetting because there's the option to "Deselect All" yet no option to "select all" -- what gives? Seems like "Select all" would be far more useful!

fendesa  premium
Replied on Mar 14, 2015 - 06:50 UTC


Laura Watts  premium
Replied on Mar 24, 2015 - 01:24 UTC

Not being able to bulk edit (Neither in the web app *nor* the Mac installed version) is ridiculous.

I am experimenting with moving my tasks over from a different app. Maybe I should stick with Todo.

davidspreekmeester  premium
Replied on Mar 24, 2015 - 15:01 UTC

I had good hopes for Todoist, but unfortunately they really don't care which superbasic functionality their paying users need.

H Chong  premium
Replied on Mar 25, 2015 - 15:25 UTC


Jasmine Moreira
Replied on Mar 26, 2015 - 22:56 UTC

It's ridiculous not having a so basic functionality. C'mon guys, it's not so difficult to implement that.

Laura Watts  premium
Replied on Mar 27, 2015 - 00:04 UTC

FWIW, the selecting functionality seems to be in place. There are very limited options for what you can do after selecting but scheduling is among them! Buggy though. I tried changing several dates at once and they got set forward by a year, where it took me awhile to find them again.

Still. Maybe the progress is better than the communications about progress.

James  premium
Replied on Mar 27, 2015 - 09:24 UTC

@Laura - nothing has changed for me in the web app. I can hold Ctrl and select all tasks individually (muchos clickos) but still no ability to "Select All" or hold Shift. Are you seeing something different in the Mac app?

Jasmine Moreira
Replied on Mar 27, 2015 - 12:40 UTC

Nothing has changed on Mac app too...

Scot Myhr
Replied on Mar 27, 2015 - 13:08 UTC

I too find this strange. I've been using Todoist for a couple of months and every day think "Who implemented Ctrl+click, but NOT Shift+click?" This is my vote for this to be made a priority. This and copy/paste will make me switch to premium.

Hopefully the new guy will jump on this first thing.

Mark Stansbury  premium
Replied on Mar 29, 2015 - 14:15 UTC


Lilyheart  premium
Replied on Apr 04, 2015 - 21:09 UTC


J.J. Kasper  premium
Replied on Apr 06, 2015 - 00:07 UTC


Didier  premium
Replied on Apr 06, 2015 - 08:42 UTC


Robert Samal  premium
Replied on Apr 07, 2015 - 11:54 UTC


Jose Iribarren  premium
Replied on Apr 07, 2015 - 14:13 UTC

This is definitely a crucial feature that Todoist is lacking. Todoist is all about time management and organization, selecting more than one task at a time, one-by-one equals to precious seconds that add up to quite a bit of time over the time span of a year.

Please consider making this update a priority on your list! ;-)

torkild.solli.haukaas  premium
Replied on Apr 10, 2015 - 18:23 UTC


John Mason-Smith  premium
Replied on Apr 20, 2015 - 19:32 UTC


Laura Watts  premium
Replied on Apr 20, 2015 - 21:53 UTC

@James Ah. You are correct; Muchos clickos. There were several abilities I was missing for bulk editing tasks and I guess I lost track of the specifics of the original request on this thread.

Michael Daley  premium
Replied on Apr 21, 2015 - 04:52 UTC

I second what Jose Iribarren said above. :-)

This feature is one of the parts missed by many developers of some really great quality and poor quality task management tools over that last 20 years.

I don't want to track my time,
I don't want to spend time tracking time,
I don't want to spend time figuring out what it is I SHOULD be doing,
I don't want to spend time to think about time of what is most important.

I want to be doing the right things.

Any second lost in Management of tasks is a second lost in doing something. The reason I need a tool at all is because I really suck at figuring out what is important; I need Todoist. Thanks for continuing to update Todoist.

Stephen Shaw  premium
Replied on Apr 27, 2015 - 12:06 UTC

I am hoping the bulk select is implemented SOON

Replied on Apr 30, 2015 - 07:50 UTC

This is sorely missing :)

Jimmie  premium
Replied on May 01, 2015 - 15:52 UTC


Carlos Hoyt  premium
Replied on May 19, 2015 - 01:18 UTC

I agree, this needs to be implemented. I go through this annoyance daily when I reschedule today's tasks I did not complete to another day.

Luke Abell  premium
Replied on May 20, 2015 - 23:45 UTC


Sarah Carruthers  premium
Replied on May 26, 2015 - 04:51 UTC


Andrei  premium
Replied on May 26, 2015 - 06:14 UTC


gadg3t  premium
Replied on Jun 07, 2015 - 09:17 UTC

Waiting for this feature to be implemented as well...

Didier  premium
Replied on Jun 07, 2015 - 10:10 UTC

Seeing constant interest from many members, and knowing that Vote box is closed now... could we get from the Staff of Todoist a statement if this idea is considered and when to expect it available? :))
Thanks to make it even better & efficient for us!

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jun 07, 2015 - 12:10 UTC

Hello DIdier,

Although this isn't something we're working on right now, we'll consider it for future updates.

Right now, you could hold the Ctrl key and click on tasks to multi-select them and then change their due dates.

We also recommend actually leaving tasks overdue - this will always make it clear for how long did you miss this task and could put a higher priority, if it's moved to today every day, you'll have no reference to see when were you supposed to complete it originally ;-)


Didier  premium
Replied on Jun 07, 2015 - 15:38 UTC

Thanks David, right :)

Stefan Jäger  premium
Replied on Jun 29, 2015 - 09:18 UTC

I also don't get it why an easy feature like this is postponed over 18 months now...

For the devs around I got a simple solution. Select the first element with CTRL + Click and then run the following snippet in the Google Chrome Developer Console:

for(var a = 0; a < $$(".task_item.menu_clickable").length; a++) {
$$(".task_item.menu_clickable")[a].className += " selected";

That's it. All tasks are selected.

Stephen Shaw  premium
Replied on Jun 29, 2015 - 11:22 UTC

Stefan: Very neat! I normally work in the Windows App not using Chrome, so it's not perfect for me. But your "snippet" is a great solution for the Chrome world.

Tom Hogan  premium
Replied on Jul 09, 2015 - 14:00 UTC

I desperately want this feature as well, but will try Stefan's solution in the interim. Thanks Stefan!

bela.j.anda  premium
Replied on Jul 10, 2015 - 16:07 UTC

"Although this isn't something we're working on right now, we'll consider it for future updates."

What the heck? How many more people should vote for this? Your users want this feature desperately!

Rob Starbuck  premium
Replied on Jul 19, 2015 - 21:57 UTC

+2 (premium yo)

Ben Poole  premium
Replied on Aug 04, 2015 - 13:29 UTC


Richard Oki  premium
Replied on Aug 07, 2015 - 12:37 UTC


davidspreekmeester  premium
Replied on Aug 11, 2015 - 16:32 UTC

Obviously I was hoping this would have been solved in the recent few updates.
Why the verb 'solving' is far more appropriate than Todoist employees claiming that this is 'by design', is easily proven:
In the Mac app, there is a menu item 'Select All'. This selects your whole screen, including all the interface elements. Clearly showing that this is a website with a wrapper around it, lacking the feel of a real app. There is no use case for that, it's just plain sloppiness.
On top of that, the 'Select All' menu item also mentions a keyboard shortcut, which doesn't work. Insert sound of tumble weeds rolling by...

Come on Todoist, please use a couple of your precious development hours to get rid of the growing crankiness of all the users in this thread all at once? This nonsense started more than one and a half year ago, and it's getting ridiculous. It's hard to argue to even myself that I shouldn't give Wunderlist another try.

Laura H
Replied on Aug 11, 2015 - 17:06 UTC

For anyone curious about what "We will consider it..." means, or perhaps what the development process at Todoist DOES deem to be of critical importance -

I took the time awhile back to look at all the updates to Todoist over the last 3 years. You can see the list here:

michael.kreiter  premium
Replied on Aug 12, 2015 - 07:05 UTC


Jason Roe  premium
Replied on Aug 24, 2015 - 18:57 UTC

I created a Chrome Extension that selects all tasks at once https://goo.gl/a0Lvxs

This should completely fix your problem :)

John Mason-Smith  premium
Replied on Aug 24, 2015 - 18:59 UTC

@Jason - I'd buy this in a heart-beat, but isn't $1.99 a bit much for such a small addon? $0.99 and you have yourself a deal ;)

Jason Roe  premium
Replied on Aug 24, 2015 - 19:31 UTC

Good call :) The price is being adjusted. Check back in a few minutes. It takes a few minutes for Google to adjust the pricing.

Ben Poole  premium
Replied on Aug 26, 2015 - 11:00 UTC

Or if you want to do it for free (sorry Jason) just install this simple UserScript I wrote: https://github.com/ben-poole/todoist-userscript-select-all

It has a pending feature to add a listener on Ctrl+A. Feel free to fix this via a pull request ;)

jon.shay  premium
Replied on Sep 01, 2015 - 14:53 UTC


jon.shay  premium
Replied on Sep 01, 2015 - 14:53 UTC


davidspreekmeester  premium
Replied on Sep 01, 2015 - 15:09 UTC

We can +1 this all we want, but just look at the dates of this thread, and especially at Laura H's comment (thanks for that effort, Laura).
That's what made me switch to Wunderlist again. Such a relief to be able to use my keyboard again, and have the feeling of a 'real app', instead of the flimsy web wrapper that is Todoist on OSX.

Sorry Todoist, I thought you were cute and all, but you and I aren't working out anymore - you have other priorities.

William Hart  premium
Replied on Sep 09, 2015 - 03:39 UTC


Christopher Holland  premium
Replied on Sep 12, 2015 - 21:44 UTC

I’m hopeful that the new version they’ve been teasing recently fixes much of this.

Ondřej Vašíček  premium
Replied on Sep 23, 2015 - 09:40 UTC

I'm a fresh Premium user. I switched from great full GTD Nirvana HQ. It’s a great app, but I miss some things, which Todoist have, so I gave Todoist a try.

I’ve already found a lot of things, which I had expected to work, but they didn’t. Almost pretty standard features, like this. I always google them. Do you know, what they have common? I always end here, in forum. And always read message “we will consider this in the future”. This answers are usually years old.

I’m quite disappointed…

jon.shay  premium
Replied on Sep 23, 2015 - 16:24 UTC

^ cosign.

Matt Cory  premium
Replied on Oct 07, 2015 - 22:44 UTC


Replied on Oct 08, 2015 - 10:19 UTC

Come on folks, like seriously, is it really that difficult?

Replied on Oct 09, 2015 - 14:59 UTC


I contributed a long post in Feb 2014 (the 3rd one on this thread). The best task management tool is one with the best user interface (UI). If it's clunky, we will not use it.

Wunderlist has the best UI currently. I switched some time ago. It's frustrating because Todoist was so close. Todoist is still better in task creation, but with Microsoft money behind Wunderlist, I bet they are going to catch up.

When a user takes the time to point out deficiencies and simple ways to catch up and exceed other products, we hope that the developers listen. I have been receiving emails with "+1" on this thread for 1.5 years now.