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Sorting tasks within a filter


I'm a new user and I'm trying to create a filter but want the tasks to be sorted in that filter a specific way. Is there any way to do this?

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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Jan 25, 2014 - 22:25 UTC


No, sadly at this time there is no way to do that. It's automatically sorted by due date though.


Matthias De Cnuydt  premium
Replied on Apr 08, 2014 - 06:04 UTC

Hi, I have the same need. If there are no due-dates however, in what way are they filtered then? Randomly?



David Trey  staff
Replied on Apr 08, 2014 - 11:39 UTC

Hello Matthias,

Each task has a property called item_order and day_order - they're sorted by these properties and they can be modified by dragging and dropping tasks around.

Best regards,

Matthias De Cnuydt  premium
Replied on Apr 17, 2014 - 06:00 UTC

Hi David,

I often assign priorities to tasks and then view them under the 'filters' tab (so, I have a filter 'priority 1', a filter 'priority 2' and a filter 'priority 3'). I would like to know how these items are sorted in these filters when there are no due dates assigned. Even when the tasks are all within the same project under the 'projects' tab they are not ordered in the same way under the 'filters' tab. It seems to be random.

Also, I know that it is possible to rearange tasks within a project under the 'projects' tab but it does nog seem to be possible to drag them around within a filter under the 'filters' tab.

Not a huge problem, but would be nice to find a way to sort them as I like :)

Kind regards,


David Trey  staff
Replied on Apr 17, 2014 - 13:01 UTC


In such cases it should be item_order and then item_id that affects the sorting. In general, views like this weren't designed to set orders of tasks. You have complete freedom in reordering any task within any project and this order will never change. However, if you search for something, the results will always be primarily priority and/or date-focused.

Best regards,

Jourdan Rystrom
Replied on Apr 17, 2014 - 15:36 UTC

Hmm this is funny...because the way I work is in the GTD-realm.

At work (9-5pm) I have my desktop open directly to the filter of:
(overdue, today) @work

And then when I get home, I switch the filter to:
(overdue, 7 days) !@work

It seems so much easier to sort them this way, for me anyway - since I have SO many projects and I don't want to be scrolling all day - just paying attention to the important tasks at hand.

PLEASE update soon so that we can drag/drop and be able to plan out our day!

Thanks ;-)

Matthias De Cnuydt  premium
Replied on Apr 18, 2014 - 06:23 UTC

Same here, I also work with the GTD-method (combined with a little bit of the Zen To Done method). Since I have a pretty long list of Next Actions in my @work context I start my day by going over that list and assigning prio's to the things I would really like to have done today. Then I start crancking them down one by one in the 'Prio' filter.

As you see, it would be nice to be able to drag and drop them within the filter. Then I could decide in the morning in what order I am going to do these prio-tasks...

Thanks in advance :)

nick chomey  premium
Replied on Aug 05, 2014 - 17:47 UTC

Agreed. The ability to drag and drop them within a filter would be excellent. I use filters to decide what I want to work on in a day, but some are more important or need to be done sooner than others. I know I could change the priorities or add some new label, but then it would mess up my existing priorities/filter or add an unnecessary extra label.

Kakaxa  premium
Replied on Aug 09, 2014 - 18:44 UTC


Hugh Kim  premium
Replied on Aug 13, 2014 - 00:12 UTC

Yes, I agree with the sorting feature within a filter.

David DeMoss  premium
Replied on Aug 20, 2014 - 00:30 UTC

Adding that sorting feature would be awesome. I have been using Wunderlist and I am trying this out. I like what I see so far. Add that feature and you have a new paying customer.

Андрій Пітух  premium
Replied on Oct 09, 2014 - 17:02 UTC

It'd be great to have ability to choose how to sort. E.g.:
default sort or sort by priority.

paul sanders  premium
Replied on Oct 22, 2014 - 14:30 UTC

I'd like to have this feature in todoist for business. I specifically want to sort by who tasks are assigned to so I can see individual workloads grouped together.

Florian Linhardt  premium
Replied on Oct 28, 2014 - 08:18 UTC

Me too!

bjpipher  premium
Replied on Nov 07, 2014 - 03:48 UTC

+1 for sorting tasks within a filter.

Laura H
Replied on Nov 08, 2014 - 21:18 UTC

And in regards to what is said here about the order in projects not changing... that is true within the project - but when tasks are brought into a "Today" or Filtered view, they seem to appear in random order, no matter what order they are sorted in the project. Not good!

Replied on Nov 18, 2014 - 00:26 UTC

+1. Currently using a filter to track multiple items within a daily recurring workout. It would be great to be able to sort them, so they display in the order they will be performed rather than randomly.

Replied on Nov 18, 2014 - 00:37 UTC

Also tried numbering each item, to see if the numbers would function as a second level of sorting since they are all on the same day. Not effective, see attached image.

Judah Richardson  premium
Replied on Dec 05, 2014 - 17:41 UTC

FWIW, Filter items are sorted by boolean query order, e.g. (overdue, today) will list overdue items first, while (today, overdue) will list items due today first.

Lech Ambrzykowski  premium
Replied on Jan 04, 2015 - 13:17 UTC


Monish  premium
Replied on Jan 20, 2015 - 14:31 UTC

+1 for sorting tasks within a filter

Jonas Oliveira Rodrigues  premium
Replied on Jan 29, 2015 - 18:01 UTC


Mark Brand  premium
Replied on Feb 07, 2015 - 14:26 UTC


Peter Sheffield  premium
Replied on Feb 09, 2015 - 20:28 UTC


Peter Sheffield  premium
Replied on Feb 09, 2015 - 20:28 UTC


Anton  premium
Replied on Feb 12, 2015 - 07:02 UTC


alexander.noeth  premium
Replied on Feb 20, 2015 - 15:54 UTC

Sorting would be great (+1)

Joshua M. Cowles  premium
Replied on Feb 26, 2015 - 21:35 UTC

I can't believe there's no sorting. Please consider this feature. Todoist would be so much more useful to me with it.

Balint Farkas
Replied on Feb 27, 2015 - 09:22 UTC

Abandon all hope guys. This darn forum is full of threads just like these with people begging for features critical for a good GTD workflow that would take about 30 minutes for a competent programmer to implement (such as Starring, Start Date, Sorting), and the Todoist team not even barfing a "we're working on it" for months and years.

Frustrating to no end.

What kind of product planning could come up with such trivial and self-explanatory features missing??

Laura H
Replied on Feb 27, 2015 - 21:18 UTC

I switched to Toodledo. It's ugly, but functional. Great options for filtering and sorting lists - along with awesome, flexible saved search capacity.

In the end - functional wins over pretty. (Note my name no longer has the "premium" flag.)

There is much I love about Todoist. I keep hoping Todoist will start listening to it's users, but after a year as a member, I'm not seeing much hope of that.