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how do i write on multiple lines?

EH

I want to create multiple lines but when i press the enter key, it finalizes the task, how do i go down a line without finalizing the task?

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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Feb 16, 2014 - 18:40 UTC

Hi Eric,

We do not support multiple lines in task names. If you'd like to enter more information, please upgrade to Premium to get the Notes feature.

Regards,
Brendon.

EH
Eric H.
Replied on Feb 16, 2014 - 19:46 UTC

When I copy and paste text with multiple lines it works, why cant I manually type it in like that? and its not task names, it is in the actual task description.

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Feb 17, 2014 - 00:07 UTC

Eric,

Yes we allow that, but its messy. We want to keep things clean and organized, and we believe adding the information you need within a note is a better way.

Nonetheless, we may consider changing this in future updates.

Regards,
Brendon.

Happy Hamster
Replied on Mar 10, 2014 - 14:37 UTC

Allow adding multiple lines, just display 1 line by default allowing user to "expand" the text of of the task. This will avoid the mess.

Notes are not a substitute for that.

EH
Eric H.
Replied on Mar 13, 2014 - 16:52 UTC

@Happy Hamster, can you better describe how to do that?

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Mike M  premium
Replied on Mar 13, 2014 - 17:11 UTC

@Eric, I think Happy Hamster is explaining an enhancement to the software, he doesn't say this is currently supported.

I find as well that the interface would be too cluttered if you had multiple lines per task's title - that's why Notes are there.

In the past after a while being on the free plan, I got a promotion email to try out the Premium features, which converted me to a subscriber

Happy Hamster
Replied on Mar 19, 2014 - 22:52 UTC

@Eric
I'm just proposing how it could be done

@Mike
It won't be more cluttered if they don't show more than 1 line in title unless you click on it (or hover over). The mechanics of Notes they way they are implemented now is to log progress of a task or to discuss it, while multiline description's purpose would be to describe the task in more detail.

E.g. I delegate 95% of tasks to my assistant via a shared project. She doesn't have a clue in most cases what I even mean from a task title, so every task is followed by a Note with a detailed description of what I want to be done. This a "hack" because I use Notes not for what they were designed for. One obvious evidence that this is actually a hack is the fact that my assistant get's email notification when the task is submitted, but at that point I haven't written a Note yet so for my use case the task in fact is not yet described and can not be performed by the person it has been assigned to. Todoist does not provide mechanics to submit task title + immediately a note in one action.

The detailed (e.g. multi-line) description is not so necessary when you only manage tasks you set for yourself. However since they introduced task sharing and delegation, they must provide mechanics supporting use cases like mine described above.

Anyway, I can go on and on about this for much longer :) For me this is an obvious "bug", and it even has reasons for being there -- they added "sharing" much later than most of the UI was designed and have not yet covered all the use cases that "Sharing" feature has.

PS: I do a lot of UX in my company :)

CF
Cleon Fernandes
Replied on Apr 22, 2014 - 15:10 UTC

going back to the multiple lines support. Currently I'm using <br> tag to have the effect. Just type a single line with <br>'s in the middle and when you save you'll get the text organized in multiple lines (as much as the amount of <br> used)

EH
Eric H.
Replied on Apr 22, 2014 - 23:03 UTC

THANK YOU! ^_^

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Ian Stevenson
Replied on Jul 19, 2014 - 05:03 UTC

shift+enter for a line break would be SO much better. Please add this as feature request.

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Solonvip
Replied on Oct 31, 2014 - 08:39 UTC

I would also appreciate this feature!

Thanks!

LH
Laura H
Replied on Oct 31, 2014 - 13:50 UTC

This has been asked for before. Todoist insists they think you should put information into a note. As has been suggested before - since notes are not visible without opening the task, they are not helpful for small additional bits of information.

It is not officially supported by Todoist (and therefore may disappear any time), but currently Ctrl+M will insert a line break in a task.


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Solonvip
Replied on Oct 31, 2014 - 14:51 UTC

Thank you! This does the trick!

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Cleon Fernandes
Replied on Oct 31, 2014 - 16:31 UTC

Just to mention that I gave up useing the <br> tag. I just write the tasks in the notepad (with multiple line and tabs) and copy/paste into a new task. It also work fine.

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uvsmtid  premium
Replied on Feb 17, 2015 - 13:37 UTC

Multi-line Tasks in Web should be supported.

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## Android app works

I can easily do it in mobile Android app when I create/modify Task.

Why should we use notepad to copy & paste multiline text to workaround this?

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## "First line title" versus "Line squashing"


I don't care how multiline Tasks are shown in the web list.
What I want to say is that there are at least three options how to show Tasks before user clicks on them:
1. Show first line only (discussed above)
2. Show full text with all line breaks (how it currently works even if it is "not supported")
3. Squash all line breaks into single long wrapped text

Whatever is the option, when user clicks and edits the Task, I believe he should expect option full text properly formatted.

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## Free choice of mess


And I don't agree that it's a bad feature.
Yes, long Task text looks "messy", but I choose this option.

If I didn't like it, I would probably try using Notes, but I only care about esthetics - it works and it's simple! All my Tasks contain all info to complete the Task - Notes (if any, just trace some progress).

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## New line input

I believe there is some consistency across messengers (at least Web WhatsApp, Web Facebook, Web Google Hangouts) to use <Shift>+<Enter> to input a line break (instead of sending the message) - this can be followed.

However, personally, I prefer opposite behaviour (<Enter> - new line and anything else like shortcuts <Shift>+<Enter> or actual clicking on "Finish"/"Submit"/"Post"/... - finishing editing the Task).

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light sc
Replied on Mar 03, 2015 - 16:38 UTC

yeah, multi line work on android, but i need also in web that... not <br> thing
multi line needed for big texts, that's the only right way

became only reason why i can't use todoist now...sad

LH
Laura H
Replied on Apr 28, 2015 - 17:25 UTC

Ctrl+M will insert a line break in a task. (Though Toodist has been careful to say in the past this is not officially supported).