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Adding same label to multiple tasks



I am trying to figure out the quickest way to add a new label to multiple tasks. I'd ideally add the new label to so many tasks across multiple projects that it would be much easier to do this as a simultaneous change, but can't figure out how to do it.

Thanks for your help!

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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Jan 13, 2014 - 17:34 UTC

Hi Blake,

Unfortunately, at this time it's not possible. You can SHIFT click tasks to multi select, but it does not include changing labels, though we do plan to add more feature in the future.


Blake Spooner  premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2014 - 17:38 UTC

Hi Brendon,

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. Shame it can't be done at the moment - any ideas when it may be possible?

Out of curiosity, is there any way I can export the projects as a template in any way, and then re-upload them with additional labels, (even as a new project and then delete the old one) or can they not be manipulated in that way?


David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 13, 2014 - 17:42 UTC

Hello Blake,

Technically, yes, you can use the import/export template option as show in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rl_CLGY_3o

The format these templates are stored for is custom, though, but if you'll see how labels are added there, you could manipulate the TXT file easily :)

Best regards,

Blake Spooner  premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2014 - 17:48 UTC

Thanks - already seen that video and know how to export/import. Problem is, I can't easily see how this files are editable as text format and if I delimit them into columns, when I add the labels and convert them back into txt, it messes up the format of the file, which means it errors or doesn't recognise the changes. Are you able to provide instructions on how to add labels to the txt file in a way that does not error with the import?


David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 13, 2014 - 17:58 UTC


Unfortunately, that's not directly possible. You can copy/paste the labels after each task's name, but if you change the format of how they're stored, it will indeed not work :(

In general, the TXT file will expect one line to be one task so if you would prepare a file with this content:

Task 1 @label
Task 2 @label

It should correctly add 2 tasks, each with the label in it.

Best regards,

Giulio  premium
Replied on Aug 31, 2014 - 18:04 UTC

+1 for multi-selection to add/change labels

Dave Purcell  premium
Replied on Sep 05, 2014 - 17:25 UTC


Roland Ganter
Replied on Sep 29, 2014 - 14:26 UTC


John Gibb Millspaugh  premium
Replied on Oct 03, 2014 - 21:18 UTC


Bradley Thomas  premium
Replied on Oct 07, 2014 - 01:27 UTC


W  premium
Replied on Oct 10, 2014 - 12:00 UTC

+1. Definitely!!

Joost Canters  premium
Replied on Oct 12, 2014 - 23:09 UTC


Patrick Honegger  premium
Replied on Nov 10, 2014 - 21:47 UTC


Matt & Bea
Replied on Nov 10, 2014 - 21:58 UTC

I registered just to +1 this. You should be able to multiselect and apply ANY of the features eg Priority as well.

Remember the Milk has this and it's a real timesaver, including hot keys eg 1 for P1 etc

Tom Simon  premium
Replied on Nov 12, 2014 - 15:04 UTC


Jan Beco  premium
Replied on Nov 17, 2014 - 14:10 UTC

+1 Urgently - Would help a lot!

Dragan Ruzic  premium
Replied on Nov 17, 2014 - 15:26 UTC

Woooo TD guys, don't let Remember The Milk run you over on this one...
+1 for the suggestion of assigning _any_ function to one or more selected tasks!

Johann Kenny  premium
Replied on Nov 18, 2014 - 11:26 UTC


Noah White
Replied on Nov 26, 2014 - 10:13 UTC


Laura H
Replied on Nov 26, 2014 - 18:28 UTC

Nearly a year since it was mentioned that Todoist hoped to add more "Bulk Change" features. Any updates on this?

I'd really appreciate being able to bulk:
* Remove Date
* Add or Remove Label
* Add, Remove, Change Priority

Simon Reid  premium
Replied on Dec 16, 2014 - 13:17 UTC


Ann Gabbert  premium
Replied on Jan 05, 2015 - 15:33 UTC

When will this change be available? It would be very helpful.

Blake Spooner  premium
Replied on Jan 07, 2015 - 11:41 UTC

Hi todoist team,

Any news on when this may happen? The labels feature is quite buggy (for example, after trying some of the workarounds for bulk uploading tasks, it meant todoist did recognise the labels on my iPhone app, but not online etc). It's my main gripe with the product at the moment.

Many thanks,

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 07, 2015 - 14:36 UTC

Hello Blake,

Unfortunately, we have no news so far, but we'll look into this.


Blake Spooner  premium
Replied on Jan 07, 2015 - 17:23 UTC

Thanks David.

Blake Spooner  premium
Replied on Jan 12, 2015 - 12:54 UTC

Hi David,

After a few days since last comms, wondered if that's given enough time to have an update when todoist plan to roll this out and to what extent/functionality?


Bobby Patrick  premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2015 - 12:57 UTC

+1 Pleeeze

Beau Romero
Replied on Jan 29, 2015 - 07:37 UTC


VictoriousB.I.G  premium
Replied on Jan 30, 2015 - 22:20 UTC

+1. Let's make it happen. Thank you.

markjudkins001  premium
Replied on Feb 01, 2015 - 21:36 UTC


bphaaland  premium
Replied on Feb 04, 2015 - 15:41 UTC


Gavin Willis  premium
Replied on Mar 02, 2015 - 12:42 UTC

I too can't quite believe this isn't available with the other bulk options.

Mato T  premium
Replied on Mar 14, 2015 - 18:57 UTC

It would be excellent, if you could add this feature.

It really should not be that hard. Functionality is already there for single tasks. In this case it should be only a case of walking through a list (with selected tasks), and applying desired action.

Pratap Gupta  premium
Replied on Mar 16, 2015 - 13:06 UTC

+1 Pls as I need it asap

Andrei  premium
Replied on Mar 16, 2015 - 13:22 UTC


AntonioM  premium
Replied on Mar 16, 2015 - 14:37 UTC


jhstoenner  premium
Replied on Mar 19, 2015 - 13:31 UTC


Tom Watson  premium
Replied on Mar 21, 2015 - 01:17 UTC


Aldon Caron  premium
Replied on Mar 21, 2015 - 01:36 UTC


Seems like pretty basic functionality to be able to manage a to do list of 100's of items.

Matt Fischer
Replied on Mar 21, 2015 - 19:01 UTC

As with not being able to sort labels (even alphabetically), this is a ridiculous usability miss.

This basically makes it incredibly painful to adapt one's workflow once one is embedded in the platform.

Maybe you guys could spend a little less time on shiny new iOS apps, and a little more on basic usability fixes?