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Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

The keyboard shortcuts are woefully inadequate. Firstly they clash with mac system shortcuts ie: CTRL+rightarrow or leftarrow. These are already mapped to switching mac desktops.

The Enter shortcut to create a new item doesn't work.

There's no shortcut for deleting a task.

There's no shortcut for moving a task up or down.

The point of shortcuts is that you are more efficient as your hands don't need to leave the keyboard. This certainly isn't true for TD.

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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Feb 24, 2014 - 00:20 UTC

Hi Simon,

We will work on adding more keyboard options in future updates. We are always looking to improve. Feel free to add some to our votebox. http://todoist.com/Vote/


Ashish Patel  premium
Replied on Jun 08, 2014 - 17:50 UTC

Agree. Consistently run into clash with Mac system shortcuts. Makes the app not so useful for those who prefer to use shortcuts.

Emily Higgins  premium
Replied on Jul 14, 2014 - 18:08 UTC

Thanks, agreed! Love your product so far, but the user experience needs just a little tightening up. If you guys observe a variety of users (e.g. both novices and experts) interacting with your product, I suspect you'll find a fair number of friction points, where it's unnecessarily awkward/difficult/time consuming to do pretty basic things. Again, love your product, but a little more UX research would really improve it, I think. Thanks!

Cripto Troffei
Replied on Aug 05, 2014 - 08:17 UTC

Agree as well. Shortcuts are a crucial aspect for a pro's workflow, you can't just say to be a productivity-enhancer tool if this is not covered thoroughly.

Also I find that lacking the ability to select tasks and/or projects with arrows is a big oversight. I hope this is solved soon as I'm looking forward to switch from Wunderlist.

Gabriel Carreras Albiol
Replied on Aug 05, 2014 - 08:28 UTC

Many Thanks

Cripto Troffei
Replied on Sep 08, 2014 - 10:59 UTC

Hello guys, any update about this? It is very detrimental to switch constantly between keyboard and mouse...


David Trey  staff
Replied on Sep 08, 2014 - 11:50 UTC


Not yet, but we'll consider adding more keyboard shortcuts in the future :-)


Cripto Troffei
Replied on Sep 09, 2014 - 07:00 UTC

Despite your full smile emoticon, this is sad news. Not happy.

Thanks anyway David.

Colin McFarland  premium
Replied on Sep 10, 2014 - 11:02 UTC

I am unable to find the "Configuration" link to change the keyboard shortcuts. Control (or right) clicking on the TD icon on Apple's Dock does not bring up the "Configuration" setting. Am I missing something?

OSX version 10.9.4 on MacBook Pro

Thanks in advance


Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Sep 10, 2014 - 11:11 UTC

Hi Colin,

You'll have to go the Preferences window to change it though you can only change the "Quick Add" and "Show/Hide Todoist" keyboard shortcut from there.


Colin McFarland  premium
Replied on Sep 10, 2014 - 11:16 UTC

Thank you ;-)

Replied on Sep 20, 2014 - 16:08 UTC

I went here to check what were the shortcuts and… I a little bit frustrated. am looking to software replacement fo Things.app because I use now both Android, iMac and iPad.
I hope you'll add shortcuts for:
+ui navigation
+task editing
+moving task

Thank you

benoit.godard  premium
Replied on Sep 21, 2014 - 22:02 UTC


Rob Labatt  premium
Replied on Oct 14, 2014 - 00:32 UTC


Kennon Bickhart  premium
Replied on Oct 21, 2014 - 17:05 UTC

+1 Signed up for premium and just saw this thread. A bit disappointed that more time hasn't been devoted to this. May end up canceling because of it. :(

Jojo Agot
Replied on Oct 22, 2014 - 03:29 UTC

I came here because this app is messing with my Mac shortcuts, specifically the Command+Shift+T to restore a tab accidentally closed in Chrome. I use that very often.

Enric Enrich  staff in training
Replied on Oct 22, 2014 - 08:04 UTC

Hi Jojo,

You can change the two default shortcuts for different ones. You just have to go to the Preferences window of the Todoist app, and on the "Shortcuts" section, change the them for the ones that you prefer. :)


Jojo Agot
Replied on Oct 22, 2014 - 09:17 UTC

Thank you Enric, that was helpful. I think my next problem is that I don't know what key combinations are still unused. But I guess that's not for this forum so thank you.

Replied on Dec 15, 2014 - 16:38 UTC

Full Keyboard navigation is a must for any productivity app. All the keyboard shortcuts now are focused on adding new tasks — but I do that in the Quick Entry anyways. There's no way to do all the things you might do with a task: move into project, mark as done, refocus current task, etc.

That's what a task manager is for — managing the tasks you have.

Replied on Jan 13, 2015 - 11:13 UTC

it's impossible to type some special language symbols (for insistence polish Ą) in combination Alt Gr+A. I can't write any texts when todoist is open active on my computer (W7).

David Trey  staff
Replied on Jan 13, 2015 - 12:19 UTC


Please right-click on the red TD icon in the system tray, go to Configurations and change the Ctrl+Alt+A shortcut to something else. This way, you'll be able to use RightAlt+A again.


Jonathan Horn
Replied on Feb 12, 2015 - 03:29 UTC


I want to let you know that the fact that you have not added what is obviously an easily implementable feature in over a year, and is very much desired, is enough to cause me not use your service. I was considering a premium account, but i feel that your company simply doesn't care to improve its website, and if you don't care I don't see why I should either. Sorry, and best wishes.

catacgc  premium
Replied on Feb 20, 2015 - 09:59 UTC

I am also in desperate need of this. Just bought premium because doit.im didn't allow for location reminders, but the lack of keyboard shortcuts is really, really bad from a user experience perspective. Realize please that, while the majority of your users are the ones who never think to touch a keyboard when interacting with an application, the ones that spread the word, blog, review and complain are power users who never think that, in order to move a task to a another project, you have to go touch the mouse.

Jonathan Todd  premium
Replied on Feb 22, 2015 - 00:29 UTC

Even the shortcuts LISTED as Mac shortcuts have some that just don't work. Please take a few tech hours on a Mac and make this happen correctly!

Jonathan Todd  premium
Replied on Feb 22, 2015 - 00:29 UTC

Even the shortcuts LISTED as Mac shortcuts have some that just don't work. Please take a few tech hours on a Mac and make this happen correctly!

David Trey  staff
Replied on Feb 22, 2015 - 12:10 UTC

Hello Jonathan,

Please let us know which shortcuts are you referring to (that don't work) and we'll look into it.


Victor Silva  premium
Replied on Apr 20, 2015 - 12:52 UTC

I really want to like Todoist, but the lack of progress on keyboard navigation or even correcting the on-line help for Mac OS is frustrating. There are many great features, but having to switch to mouse for what should be some quick task moves to reorganize and prioritize is very frustrating. I don't want to think about the UX, and this forces me to stop any brainstorming.

Christopher Armstrong
Replied on May 08, 2015 - 03:38 UTC

I don't care about general keybindings, but the default for indenting/dedenting are clearly wrong -- they should not be the same as Mission Control desktop switching. If you can just release a patch that fixes those defaults that'd go a long way to making it better.

Replied on May 13, 2015 - 13:37 UTC

Bump. At least make enter work !

Marcel Auer  premium
Replied on May 13, 2015 - 14:21 UTC

It looks, like since the newest version of todoist, the shortcut cmd-shift-a creates a new Todoist entry. Unfortunately, cmd-shift-a is also the finder command to open the application folder X-( Looks like your developers don't use MacOS ;-)

steve  premium
Replied on May 28, 2015 - 19:03 UTC

Sigh. Add to this the fact that drag and drop is essentially worthless, (you drag a project somewhere and it lands somewhere else...) the Mac client makes workflow like running in water. This is one of those times I really miss Things.

James Paden  premium
Replied on Jun 30, 2015 - 12:46 UTC

This is embarrassing. Please add more shortcuts, including delete.

Daniel Barkan  premium
Replied on Jul 08, 2015 - 11:52 UTC

The Mac keyboard shortcuts are terrible, and keyboard navigation overall is lacking. I'm dismayed that none of this has been addressed in over a year. And, honestly, other than the iOS updates (which *are* nice), I'm not sure what, if any, significant improvements have been made for Mac users since I became a premium user in February 2014.

Since someone asked above, here is a list of keyboard shortcuts that don't work on a Mac, even when substituting the command key for the control key. (And I'm actually not even sure which key it's supposed to be. In at least one other thread, a Todoist staff member has said to use command instead of control on a Mac. In other threads that seems not to be the case. Nobody at Todoist has the time to simply update the page to show the correct key to use for Macs? That doesn't make me feel like a valued user.)

CTRL+Enter Save current item and append a new item above it
SHIFT+Enter Save currently edited item and append a new item below it
CTRL+LeftArrow Indent the item one time to the left. You can use this to create sub-items
CTRL+RightArrow Indent the item one time to the right. You can use this to create sub-items

Note that I do most of my entering and editing of tasks in the "Today" view. These shortcuts might work somewhere else, such as if you're doing everything in a specific project's view, but switching to specific projects or wherever else means yet another trip to the mouse, which defeats the whole purpose of keyboard shortcuts.

I really, really want to like Todoist, but I'm getting burned out by having to work around its shortcomings.

Ivan Hemmans  premium
Replied on Aug 03, 2015 - 17:51 UTC

I like the sharing capability, but OmniFocus has you beat for keyboard shortcuts -- hands down.


For me, it's 80% keyboard shortcut and 20% mousing.

Please work toward that balance.

Andrew Miner  premium
Replied on Aug 06, 2015 - 02:49 UTC

+1 on wanting more keyboard shortcuts. I'd use only the keyboard if at all possible (VIM user here...)

Pietro Casella
Replied on Aug 10, 2015 - 09:20 UTC

+1 Please add shortcuts consistent with other softwares like Office, Omni, etc, so we dont need to learn.

ex. ENTER or F2 - edit selected task
ctrl ] - indent (or keep the )
arrow down without selection - start navigating up and donw the task list
Ctrl-1 to 9 - change tab (1-inbox, 2-project 1, 3-project 2, etc)

phil nunnally
Replied on Sep 18, 2015 - 22:58 UTC

I'd like to add my support for more keyboard shortcuts. I am this close to signing up for a Premium account, but I can't bring myself to do it because I'm so dependent on the keyboard. Having to use the mouse to navigate between projects, edit a task, drag a task up and down, move a task between projects... all of that seems crazy to me. It's one area where OmniFocus is actually better.

Rick Carter  premium
Replied on Sep 18, 2015 - 23:07 UTC

@phil nunnally, you'll especially want to wait til they fix this attempt to parse anything vaguely like a day or date or time in the task name. The only way to tell it to ignore it and not override the date you may already have set is currently to click on the highlighted date attempts, which un-highlights them and tells Todoist to ignore them (until the next time you edit that task, then they come back and you must do it again). Constant mousing is needed. They say they're going to have a keyboard solution Real Soon Now...

Rick Carter  premium
Replied on Sep 18, 2015 - 23:10 UTC

And to the original note starting this topic, there's a slight inaccuracy -- it's COMMAND+left or right arrow, not CTRL, but otherwise true. And I agree that it's not good that they took those editing keys away for their own use; as a touch typist I keep screwing up tasks (sometimes I'll paste a line in and then CTRL+leftarrow to put a preface at the start of it. That used to work, not any more). When in a non-project view (like a date view), I could use those within the task to get to beginning- or end-of-line, and now they don't work for that, even at the times they also don't work to change a task's indent.

Rick Carter  premium
Replied on Sep 18, 2015 - 23:13 UTC

It would be most fine if they would let you edit ALL keyboard shortcuts, and any that aren't used revert to any Mac-wide definition. I'm sure I could find a happy change-indent combo for the times I need it, for instance.