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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  premium
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
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.