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[BUG] Empty filer string does not show all tasks

To remove a "filter" you simply have to select the project in the projects list. This is fine, but you would expect an empty filer string should do the same since you're not filter anything.

BTW, the filter function should show the results as you type.


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David Trey  staff
Replied on Mar 04, 2014 - 13:16 UTC

Hello Mathias,

I can't reproduce this issue. When I delete every text from the search bar at the top and hit Enter, I see a blank page so it does correctly remove the search filter. Please clarify if that's exactly what you're doing.

Best regards,

d1995ms  premium
Replied on Mar 04, 2014 - 14:59 UTC

Maybe I'm just confused by the fact that the "filter tasks" is in fact a global search and not a filter for the selected project only. It's not obvious that the filter will do a global search and it seems there's no way to search only the selected project which is kind of odd.

Anyway, when I remove the current filter and press enter, I expect it to show all tasks or at least all tasks in the selected project. This is the main state when you select a project and the filter is empty.

Maybe I'm too picky about details, but the lack of consistency in the UI ruins the whole experience, at least for me.

One small example of this is the filter help. If you click the filter string there's a question mark to the right. If you click it you will be brought to the filter documentation in your default browser. However, if you type an invalid regular expression filter, let's say '*' then the page will show an error and a link called "Show examples". This link will not open in the browser but in an overlay window.

Another thing is the scrolling. The left side (menu) are not in a separate frame like the top of the window (!!!). If you start scrolling down a long list of tasks the menu will go away.


David Trey  staff
Replied on Mar 04, 2014 - 15:04 UTC


Thank you for clarifying, yes, the search bar is actually global and if you search for nothing, you'll see a blank page - it does not show the search results "on top" of another view so removing the search criteria will show you a search result page for "nothing" and not remove the search results and forward you to the project view. We'll look into improving it in the future.

I'm unsure about what issue with the Show examples and help page you're referring to. We use a separate help page for general documentation and overlay windows for "quick tips" in a few places.

Reg. scrolling - please vote for this request in our Votebox: https://todoist.com/Vote/show/6916/

Best regards,