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Change the default project from "Inbox" to another custom project


When I try to add a task using the todoist app for Mac, it always defaults to the "Inbox" project. But most often I need my tasks to be under a different project, say "Work". It is annoying to have to go to the drop down and change it every time I create a task. Is there a way to change the default project or update their odering?

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David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 17, 2014 - 17:46 UTC

Hello Phani,

Although it's not possible to change the default project in the "Quick Add" feature, if you mostly add tasks to a different project, please select the project from the menu at the top (that is - enter this project) and while you're in this project, you can use the "Add task" option at the bottom of your task list and it will keep all the tasks added there in this project.

Best regards,

Phani Pattapu
Replied on Jan 17, 2014 - 18:30 UTC

Huh..If I have to go through so many steps every time I have to add a task, I'm not sure how that qualifies as a "Quick Add" feature. It may make sense for me to do that if I'm adding a bunch of tasks to a project at a stretch. But my use case is, I add a task every 10min or so and when I do it I use the keyboard shortcut on my Mac to bring up the "Add Task" popup that has a drop down for selecting projects that is defaulted to "Inbox". I just wish there was an easy way to change the default project to something else.

Is this something that can at least be considered for a future feature?

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 17, 2014 - 22:43 UTC


Yes, we will actually make it easier to select the project from the list, you'll be able to start typing it after a hashtag, for example #w... and it may auto-complete #work if you have a project called #work. We'll improve this feature in the future.

Best regards,

Tyler Roberts
Replied on Mar 24, 2014 - 17:46 UTC

David, you mention in the future, has this been implemented yet? thanks.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Mar 24, 2014 - 19:10 UTC

Hello Tyler,

Unfortunately not. Inbox is still the default project, but you can always move tasks from it wherever you want anytime :-)

Best regards,

Jon Albright  premium
Replied on May 13, 2014 - 02:03 UTC

I agree with the need for this. When a task is sitting in the inbox folder it has to be easier to move it to the correct project. Just like assigning tags with the @sign it would make the most sense to use the #hashtag for existing projects. Just too many clicks, drags, etc to get it into the project where it belongs. Admittedly this is the one thing that keeps me from using Todoist fully and until its fixed I simply find Omnifocus easier to use

Brecon Quaddy  premium
Replied on Jun 04, 2014 - 11:44 UTC

The ability to assign tasks to a project via a hashtag would greatly improve Todoist's useability. Without it, 'quick add' doesn't really live up to its name. Enabling users to change the default task from 'Inbox' would be even better. I assume there is a considerable impediment to implementing this functionality around projects, since many users would clearly welcome them.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jun 04, 2014 - 15:04 UTC

Hello Brecon,

To use a hashtag, you'd need to hit space and then enter the hashtag itself. If you replace these two steps with hitting the TAB key twice, you're also be in the project selection field in the "Quick Add" option where you don't have to enter a hashtag anymore, but start typing the project's name already and even select it from the list thanks to the auto-complete feature in this field :-)

Best regards,

Brecon Quaddy  premium
Replied on Jun 06, 2014 - 11:05 UTC

Sir, thank you. On the whole I under-exploit the tab key so it hadn't occurred to me to use it. I unreservedly withdraw my disparaging comment about 'quick add.'



Emily Higgins  premium
Replied on Jul 06, 2014 - 18:12 UTC


Is the capacity to set one's own default project (e.g. Work instead of Inbox) for the quick add likely to be available soon as well?


Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Jul 07, 2014 - 01:42 UTC

Hi Emily,

Unfortunately, there are no current plans to add this but we're always looking for ways to make Todoist better. It is possible that we may add it in the future though.



Emily Higgins  premium
Replied on Jul 07, 2014 - 01:55 UTC

OK, thanks for your reply!

Ricky Tam  premium
Replied on Jul 21, 2014 - 21:59 UTC


I believe having this feature would greatly improve the UX of the Quick Add feature. Is there a way we, as users, can bring this feature into the development pipeline or have the priority increased?


Norman Kirchner  premium
Replied on Aug 11, 2014 - 17:52 UTC

David, I just started the process of re-architecting my workflow w/ Todoist.
I recognize that QuickAdd can use the tab feature, but that is more involved than just pressing 'a' and starting to type in a new task. (web browser)
What should be my expectation to assigning tasks to a project from within the task entry flow? or do I need to always add to inbox first if I just leave a window open for adding all sorts of tasks throughout the day?

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Aug 11, 2014 - 18:14 UTC


Any add menu, has the project selection, and you can choose which project you want to add it too. This goes for the Quick Add menu.

If you are referring to adding a task within a project already, like Inbox, then of course there is no selection, as you are already in the project.


Johan Niemi  premium
Replied on Sep 03, 2014 - 23:23 UTC

I think the default project should not be inbox, but rather the project that is used the most. If this is hard to implement, please under personal settings allow the user to specify the default project.

Keyboard shortcuts or not, it's extremely cumbersome to always have to navigate away from the default "inbox" when adding a task.

Marc Belej  premium
Replied on Sep 17, 2014 - 04:55 UTC

I would like to upvote the ability to select a default project that is not Inbox

Nick  premium
Replied on Oct 08, 2014 - 12:29 UTC

I agree, that this should be developed sooner than later. We need to be able to change the default. Please implement a fix.

Replied on Oct 15, 2014 - 21:51 UTC

+1 - doesn't seem to be any reason not to allow this functionality

Denise TheLady  premium
Replied on Oct 22, 2014 - 11:55 UTC

I agree!

bjpipher  premium
Replied on Nov 07, 2014 - 03:32 UTC

+1 for having a custom project or filter as the default view. C'mon guys!

Brecon Quaddy  premium
Replied on Nov 07, 2014 - 09:59 UTC

Indeed. Only just over two months to go to this thread's first birthday. :-)

Liz Specht  premium
Replied on Nov 17, 2014 - 03:07 UTC

Absolutely agree. I would prefer not to have to click OR tab around to list things under "work" when that is 90% of my tasks. Please make this a priority! It seems easy to implement -- in our settings we can already change the default screen upon opening todoist (i.e. "overdue and next 7 days"); just give another option to change default project.

dreadpiratejeff  premium
Replied on Nov 20, 2014 - 22:54 UTC

I want to +1 this. Setting the default project should be a no-brainer here. Just as I can set the default View, setting the default project for tasks should have been a feature from the start.

What is it going to take to get this implemented?

Tony Welch  premium
Replied on Jan 02, 2015 - 16:20 UTC

+1 - Being able to choose the default project is the single biggest issue I
have with this program, which is otherwise amazing.

I already have a physical inbox and an email inbox -- the last thing I want
is a third "To Do" list Inbox. I don't want to have to sort three inboxes!

Brecon Quaddy  premium
Replied on Jan 15, 2015 - 13:25 UTC

No pressure, Todoist guys, but the day after tomorrow (Saturday 17th) is this thread's first birthday. ;-)

What's that doing to Todoist's karma?

barberd  premium
Replied on Feb 11, 2015 - 20:45 UTC

+1 here as well. I'd even suggest mapping the default project per device. For example, when I'm at work, "WORK" should be the default project. On my home computer, I'd probably pick "HOME" as the default.

The fact we're discussing such a granular feature though - well, it tells me these guys have knocked it out of the park with their app and there are only minor tweaks like these left to consider. It really is a powerful todo app.

joey.giordano  premium
Replied on Feb 15, 2015 - 19:32 UTC


Rowan Overwater  premium
Replied on Mar 07, 2015 - 22:23 UTC


Dave  premium
Replied on Mar 26, 2015 - 13:13 UTC


Replied on Mar 31, 2015 - 01:07 UTC

I agree as well +1 here. This is very annoying but I love the breadth of the app and how many operating systems it works on. Great app. Please implement this. I don't like to be "in a project" because then I have to exit that project to see items that may be due from another project. It would be highly preferable (at least in the today view for example) to be able to set a default project. 95% of my todo items go into a primary project "Work" but that makes it all the more important that I am able to see items for other projects when they do become due. Hence why it is so important to be in the today view to see items from all projects. When I am in that view though I have to constantly change the thing from inbox back to "work" every time.

Peter LehoczkĂ˝  premium
Replied on Apr 01, 2015 - 23:36 UTC


it shouldn't be technical problem to implement this...

Pravina and Amit  premium
Replied on Apr 07, 2015 - 17:57 UTC


It really is ridiculously simple to do this. It's literally one little dropdown in settings. What are you waiting for?

dreadpiratejeff  premium
Replied on Apr 07, 2015 - 20:19 UTC

Probably never, as the Staff don't seem to really care about this as a feature, or improvement.

Replied on Apr 07, 2015 - 22:21 UTC

Has there actually been any dev work on this or response to bug reports and feature requests in the last six months?

I'm sad because it's a real ball-ache to change task software but it doesn't seem Todoist is going anywhere...

Martin Helmer
Replied on Apr 08, 2015 - 08:40 UTC

+1 support for barberd's suggestion

"+1 here as well. I'd even suggest mapping the default project per device. For example, when I'm at work, "WORK" should be the default project. On my home computer, I'd probably pick "HOME" as the default. "

Lauren  premium
Replied on Apr 15, 2015 - 12:37 UTC

I have just tried ToDoists latest aquisition TaskCrunch. The Todoist app for windows phones. Apart from a great user experience it LETS YOU SET THE DEFAULT PROJECT.

So if the app developer can manage to make this work and as the app developer is now an employee - perhaps TODOist management you will prioritise getting this fixed for the rest of us.

Please stop trying to enforce you idea of an ideal workflow on those of us that do not want it.

If there are some devices that can't support this then let them be the exception. For those of us using desktop and phones which are capable please give us the option to set our own default.

We are not going to just get used to it - I hate it. I hate it so much I (until now) don't use it on my phone and have been looking at alternatives which I can use on all devices.