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How to set due date via task title?



I've been playing with the syntax that lets you set task properties in the task title, e.g. creating a task called "Test Task !p2" will create a task called Test Task with a priority 2.

What is the syntax to set the due date? I've read elsewhere and people seemed to suggest it was <date today> but that doesn't work (I've tried different date formats). I've found how to set a reminder <remind tod @ 2pm> but it's the due date I'm interested in.

I'd be interested in a complete syntax list as this doesn't seem to exist anywhere easily found.

I'm using the Windows client.


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David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 16, 2014 - 13:03 UTC


Unfortunately, it's not possible to set a due date from within the task's name, but please note that you can easily reach the due date field with TAB which basically is the same one click that you'd have to do to add a space between the task name and a date if there was a date syntax in task names ;)

The <date today> option does actually work, but only for tasks that are sent via email. If you add this tag in the mail's subject or body - that's when it will create a due date for the task.

Aside from the options you've mentioned, there are 3 others for task names:

!! bolt !! text
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Best regards,

Replied on Mar 27, 2014 - 06:11 UTC

Similarly, how do you set the project from the task name?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Mar 27, 2014 - 12:20 UTC

Hello Dilan,

That's not possible, but if you use the "Quick Add" option to add a task, you can select the project from the drop-down menu.

Best regards,

Pablo Olmos de Aguilera C.  premium
Replied on Apr 07, 2014 - 16:03 UTC

I was wondering if it was possible or there's some place to try to "suggest" the feature to add the project via the task name (todotxt does something similar, @contexts , +projects).

Also, when I add tasks that way, I can create a remind, but I don't know if it's the expected behaviour:

If I write: "buy bread remind tod @6pm"

Names the task: "buy bread remind tod", isn't the remind tod disappear since it's kind of metadata?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Apr 07, 2014 - 16:12 UTC

Hello Pablo,

You're welcome to request this feature in our Votebox: https://todoist.com/Vote/ :-)

Best regards,