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Keyboard Shortcuts

Indenting Shortcuts
The shortcuts Ctrl+<LeftArrow> and Ctrl+<RightArrow> to indent items are active when editing the task title and due date. This is undesirable since those shortcuts are default shortcuts to navigate one word to the left / right when editing text in all other applications (at least on Windows). Please use different shorcuts for indenting or deactivate them as soon as the title or due date is edited.

Navigation Shortcuts
There are no keyboard shortcuts to focus on the next / pervious task. And there are also no shortcuts to move a tasks up or down. It would be great if such shortcuts could be added.

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Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Mar 03, 2014 - 02:22 UTC

Hi Erich,

The CTRL+RightArrow shortcuts only work when in edit mode for the task, it should not a effect anything else.


Erich Liebmann  premium
Replied on Mar 03, 2014 - 03:01 UTC

Hi Brendon,

thanks for your reply.

What I was trying to explain is that when I add or edit a task with subject "sample task" and the cursor is at the end of the title (after the "k" in "task") and I press Ctrl+<LeftArrow> it doesn't move / jump one word to the left because the default shortcut binding tries to indent the task to the left. When I manually place the cursor before the "t" in "task" and press Ctrl+<RightArrow> it doesn't go to the end of the title but indents the task. In all other applications (and when editing notes in Todoist) it behaves differently. I find it annoying that default shortcuts are overwritten with a different behavior in Todoist.

Best Regards

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Mar 03, 2014 - 03:02 UTC


We will consider changing this in future updates.


Tynan Rampling
Replied on Mar 04, 2014 - 23:04 UTC

I agree that I have trouble having the standard shortcut changed. maybe an alternative shortcut for indenting?

Joey  premium
Replied on Mar 25, 2014 - 20:43 UTC

Agreed. I like sticking with conventional key bindings.

Replied on Aug 29, 2014 - 17:30 UTC

Also, if you could respond to the other point that was raised - there is no way to use a keyboard to focus on the next / previous task? A click is required to select a task.

Giulio Malventi
Replied on Oct 11, 2014 - 10:58 UTC

I support both requests. Quite annoying at the moment.

Replied on Oct 13, 2014 - 04:45 UTC

I too support both requests. Very annoying.

Genevieve Dumorne
Replied on Oct 24, 2014 - 03:22 UTC

+1 Ashish

Brittany Vo
Replied on Nov 08, 2014 - 19:52 UTC

+1 Ashish

It would be nice to be able to select, and also delete a task with keyboard short cuts.

Erik Moe  premium
Replied on Nov 17, 2014 - 16:17 UTC

Yes, full operation of the Todoist via keyboard shortcuts is critical. Looking forward to seeing development here. :-/

Replied on Nov 26, 2014 - 09:10 UTC


Tim Lutero
Replied on Nov 30, 2014 - 15:32 UTC


Being able to enter all task metadata during task entry is very useful.

Replied on Dec 15, 2014 - 16:40 UTC


Alex  premium
Replied on Dec 19, 2014 - 16:47 UTC

I just started using Todoist today and this is driving me up the wall.

As noted, a few additional shortcuts would be useful as well:

- move task up & down
- move focus up & down
- delete a task
- assign to project (#project)
- other shortcuts I have yet to need because I've only been using Todoist for less than an hour.

I'm actually really surprised by the lack of shortcuts, as Todoist seems really robust in other ways.

FWIW, because most common shortcuts are taken up by the OS & browser, Asana resorts to using Tab + keys. It's really strange at first but now I don't even notice it. And it gives you a whole other layer of shortcuts that don't conflict with Ctrl/Command + keys.

Ben Hoskins  premium
Replied on Dec 20, 2014 - 23:13 UTC

I would like to see more/full keyboard navigation for Todoist, keyboard navigation that does not interfere with existing text-navigation shortcuts. OR at least have the shortcuts customizable in the settings.

Austin Mann
Replied on Jan 20, 2015 - 09:47 UTC

Hi, I'm new to Todoist but so far really love the balance of the simple UI and robust power.

Keyboard Shortcut for Mark as Done
I'm trying to figure out how to mark a task as done or complete with the keyboard. Surely this is possible as completing tasks is the purpose of the app… I can't find it though?

As a power user, keyboard shortcuts are really important (so important that I can't use a product if it doesn't have them.)

I'm sure you have many ideas and widespread feature demands -- but I'd strongly encourage making shortcuts a strategic focus for development as this is a foundational feature, critical to many users considering it for their daily workflow.

Cheers -


ondrejroba  premium
Replied on Feb 20, 2015 - 14:51 UTC


Joost Cassee  premium
Replied on Mar 31, 2015 - 12:27 UTC


Replied on Apr 27, 2015 - 15:08 UTC


Wilhelm Raab  premium
Replied on Apr 28, 2015 - 06:50 UTC

+1 on both points raised. Very frustrating especially since I'm use todoist together with trello.com (who have excellent keyboard shortcuts), a very powerful combination.

Replied on Apr 28, 2015 - 12:59 UTC

Yes! Trello does have excellent keyboard shortcuts. I especially like that I can use just numbers to assign colors (which assigns priority in my brain). So I just hit "1" and it gets assigned a color assigned to that number. So easy!

joh tuinkabouter  premium
Replied on Apr 28, 2015 - 13:22 UTC

+ 1 Would like it very much to use more shortcuts!

Michael Reville
Replied on May 18, 2015 - 11:13 UTC


See Checkvist for great use of keyboard shortcuts. You don't have to add that level of complexity, but Todoist lacks even the basics.

I am waiting to see if Checkvist improves its mobile interface or Todoist improves its keyboard shortcuts before I commit! :)

Varun  premium
Replied on May 18, 2015 - 17:56 UTC


Todoist lacks even the basis.. every action needs a couple of mouse clicks!!

Hope there is some development done here

Joshua Christensen  premium
Replied on May 20, 2015 - 14:29 UTC


CB  premium
Replied on Jun 09, 2015 - 22:39 UTC

Shame about this. Todoist has so much going for it (great features, excellent x-platform sync, very well thought out workflows) that I keep coming back to it to see if real keyboard shortcuts have been added. I find out no, still not done, and return to using a competitor's app that is poorer in most respects but that I can drive from the keyboard. Like an adult.

Siegfried Gessulat  premium
Replied on Oct 07, 2015 - 20:22 UTC


Renan Vieira de Melo  premium
Replied on Oct 08, 2015 - 13:55 UTC


First of all, I have to say: the new search box is a huge improvement because it can be used to quickly change the views (projects, labels, inbox, today's items and so on) without using the mouse.

On the other hand, after we get to the desired view, the web platform still lacks keyboard shortcuts for the most basic actions. It is unbelievable that one still needs to use the mouse to:

Navigate through tasks (up/down arrows)
Select / unselect current task (spacebar)
Move selected tasks (ctrl + up/down arrows)
Delete selected tasks ("del" key)
Mark selected tasks as done ("enter" or "D" keys )
Edit task (F2 or "E" keys)