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Mozilla Thunderbird extension - can I delete an email after I've turned it into a task?

If I do delete it and then click on the task it doesn't seem to find it, which I suppose kinda makes sense.

Does this mean that I have to keep all emails I've turned into tasks in my inbox until the task has been completed? I would prefer to have an empty inbox though...



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Konrad van Grinsven
Replied on Jan 23, 2014 - 10:35 UTC

Adding to my last post, I've also noticed that if I click on an email task from my browser version of TD it doesn't open the email in thunderbird...

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 23, 2014 - 15:35 UTC

Hello Konrad,

That's correct. This feature does not send the email to us, it only creates a local link to the ID of the message so when you click on the link (which only Thunderbird understands and wont' work on the web), you tell Thunderbird: "Show me mail #445465788" so if it's not there, it can't open it.

There is one more option to manage emails with Todoist, but it's Premium-only. It allows you to actually email tasks to Todoist and the entire body of the message gets converted to a task note. However, this won't make these tasks clickable so you won't be able to locate the message as you would with the first option.

We've explained and compared both of them in this post on our blog: https://todoist.com/blog/2013/01/zero-inbox-policy-with-todoist/

Best regards,

Konrad van Grinsven
Replied on Jan 23, 2014 - 16:16 UTC

Perfect, thanks so much for your comprehensive explanation - I'll upgrade asap :-)


Konrad van Grinsven
Replied on Jan 28, 2014 - 14:17 UTC

I prefer the method to turn an email into a task so I can use it to reply etc but also like to work towards a zero inbox policy which breaks the link.

So here's my little workaround. I created a folder in my inbox called Todoist tasks. Once I know I want to turn an email into a task I drag it into this folder first, then I go to todoist and select the email to turn it into a task. This way I've got the best of both worlds and it doesn't take that much longer to do.

It would be really great though if in the future a feature would be created where todoist creates a 'backup copy' of the email once it's been turned into a task so I can safely delete the email...