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Bulk change priorities


Is there a way to select a bunch of tasks with a Priority 1 and change them all to another Priority level, or so I have to do them one at a time?

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Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Mar 26, 2014 - 13:39 UTC

Hi Scott,

Unfortunately, there's currently no way of bulk changing priorities of tasks which means we have to do it one at a time for now.



scott  premium
Replied on Mar 26, 2014 - 13:40 UTC

Thanks for the response, but :(

Chris Marx  premium
Replied on May 20, 2014 - 18:42 UTC

I wanted to change all my priority 1's to priority 2's... so it looks like that is a manual process?

David Trey  staff
Replied on May 20, 2014 - 21:59 UTC

Hello Chris,

Unfortunately yes :-( We'll look into implementing it in the future.

Best regards,

Chris Marx  premium
Replied on May 20, 2014 - 22:06 UTC

I'll just focus on getting them done!!!

Ernie G
Replied on Jun 23, 2014 - 13:39 UTC

Really hope this (multi-select and change priority) gets implemented.

Ugur  premium
Replied on Jul 10, 2014 - 11:47 UTC


Desperately need this feature (also bulk change labels), in order to quickly reprioritize tasks.

Demetrio Filocamo
Replied on Jul 24, 2014 - 11:03 UTC


This is a really important feature as it's very time consuming to change priorities one by one...

Simon Yates
Replied on Aug 06, 2014 - 22:13 UTC

+1, even if the default was 3 (not 4) then you have the option to make it higher priority, or lower priority.

johnvanaman  premium
Replied on Aug 26, 2014 - 15:48 UTC

This is the reason I have looked at other options. Todoist is a very good application with a glaring flaw regarding batch editing. There is much Todoist does well... I have to think there was an initial problem that led to there not being batch editing, almost like a fork in the road? From a non programmer's point of view, seems easy to pull batch editing off. I'm sure it is a monster problem, however.

Still, as a Todoist fan and user, I have to say, this really must be addressed.

Minh  premium
Replied on Aug 29, 2014 - 07:26 UTC

+1 seconding this!

Vanessa Rabito
Replied on Sep 07, 2014 - 03:45 UTC


Manuel Käppler  premium
Replied on Sep 10, 2014 - 17:09 UTC


Brian Forney  premium
Replied on Oct 04, 2014 - 18:33 UTC


Replied on Oct 21, 2014 - 06:45 UTC


Parin Patel  premium
Replied on Nov 01, 2014 - 05:36 UTC

+1 - would love to see this added. As much as I love Todoist, I think this is one of the key areas it's lacking: bulk editing options for changing priority, task level, adding filters, etc.

Vanessa Rabito
Replied on Nov 01, 2014 - 14:33 UTC

Agreed... key annoyance. So much so that if it's not available by the end of the year, I'm changing to something else (Wunderlist? Suggestions?). Between this problem and the inability to sort filtered lists, It's simply too difficult for me to figure out what I should be doing first, what task is what (e.g., when I use "read notes" as subtask for many different lists, but cannot see what the parent is), etc. I thought the filter features would solve this, but without being able to bulk edit to add tags, e.g., it's not worth the time.

Demetrio Filocamo
Replied on Nov 01, 2014 - 15:06 UTC

I agree with the last comment and I'm also looking for other solutions, it's incredible that bulk editing hasn't been implemented properly yet!

johnvanaman  premium
Replied on Nov 01, 2014 - 15:52 UTC

Lacking bulk editing is fine... Well, as long as you don't have a lot going on... When you have a lot going on, lacking bulking editing really sucks!

Number one productivity tip: don't have a lot going on!

That said, I have to think it is being worked on... Really makes no sense to only be able to bulk change dates.

I hope Todoist develops this quickly. I really like the Todoist style. I like it enough to be patient for a time...

vaibhav thombre  premium
Replied on Nov 06, 2014 - 16:34 UTC

+1. I agree. This feature really needs to be there

Christopher Su  premium
Replied on Nov 08, 2014 - 20:40 UTC


Laura H
Replied on Nov 08, 2014 - 21:11 UTC

I also agree. I've had to abandon Todoist for the same reasons above. Poor bulk editing features, lack of sorting or grouping ability...

I love so much about Todoist - I keep checking back to see if they've made the updates! No luck though. :(

Hate to say it, but it is seeming more and more that Todoist's dev team is more interested in "fancy" updates (can you say location based reminders?) than often requested, solid basic features.

Ryan Hammer  premium
Replied on Nov 09, 2014 - 16:02 UTC


Erin Cassell
Replied on Nov 13, 2014 - 15:11 UTC

This really needs to be added! One of the first things I do in the morning is reorder my tasks based on priority. This takes forever because I have to do it for each task individually.

Steve Simon  premium
Replied on Nov 13, 2014 - 15:35 UTC


Thomas Schrenk  premium
Replied on Nov 15, 2014 - 21:34 UTC

The following multi select options would make life much easier:

1. Multi select using SHIFT is currently implemented as in CTRL. That means multi select of 40 entries requires 40 clicks. With shift select the first and the last and the whole list should selected (Standard Windows behavior).

2. Multi Select and change the priority

3. Multi select all entries of one day with one click to move everything to another day

4. Multi select and indent (lower priority)

Multi select at all :-)

When reading through the forum you find multi-select requests a lot, answer is always that you might consider this in the future. It would be helpful to understand if there are plans on enhancing multi-select in addition with a rough timeframe.

matej  premium
Replied on Nov 16, 2014 - 12:41 UTC

+1 really need more bulk editing option

Vanessa Rabito
Replied on Nov 16, 2014 - 14:57 UTC

Well put, Thomas Schrenk. I just have one clarification to add. "With shift select the first and the last and the whole list should selected (Standard Windows behavior)." ... is also standard behavior on Mac OS, so makes this even more simple to implement (no platform differences here). Just as a side note, multi-select on Mac OS works with command ⌘ key... one at a time.

Demetrio Filocamo
Replied on Nov 16, 2014 - 15:00 UTC

It's crazy that so many ppl write about these basic features and no one from the staff give us an ETA...

cracksys  premium
Replied on Nov 18, 2014 - 01:49 UTC


Pat o'connor
Replied on Nov 30, 2014 - 19:12 UTC


Don Goncalves
Replied on Dec 02, 2014 - 03:17 UTC

Also looking for bulk editing or batch editing... especially to update due dates. Thanks.

John Gibb Millspaugh  premium
Replied on Dec 15, 2014 - 20:01 UTC

I also would appreciate this feature. David Trey wrote in May that they were looking at adding this feature in the future. David, could you please provide us any update, or know that there isn't an update? Thanks.

David Trey  staff
Replied on Dec 15, 2014 - 20:07 UTC

Hello John,

Unfortunately there's no update at this point reg. this option, but it's possible that we'll implement it in the future.


Dan Weiss  premium
Replied on Jan 02, 2015 - 15:20 UTC


This would be a great add.

Salvo Lavis
Replied on Jan 07, 2015 - 00:58 UTC


Bobby Patrick  premium
Replied on Jan 13, 2015 - 12:55 UTC

+1 Pleeeeze

Mike O'Neil
Replied on Jan 16, 2015 - 21:36 UTC

just to give some feedback, my team is currently on Asana. I see much to like about Todoist. But i have hundreds of tasks and the idea of editing them one at a time? i'd likely end up in the funny farm. So we stopped our investigation into Todoist at that point. Lots to like here, so when this feature is here, we'll be back to review again. But having worked at a software company, something tells me that if this was simple to do, it would be done by now. So maybe this will never come or only after a major update.

Erin Cassell
Replied on Jan 16, 2015 - 21:59 UTC

I've moved to another system that allows Bulk updating of tasks because it was such a headache for me in Todoist. It is definitely possible. I do it every day when I have to move and shift priorities because life or other projects get in the way. Things happen and bulk changes are required. :-)

Vanessa Rabito
Replied on Jan 16, 2015 - 23:48 UTC

As did I (re: Erin Cassell). At the end of last semester (December), I cancelled my premium subscription and took the plunge into OmniFocus when entering the 100s of tasks for the new semester. I tried pretty much every other task manager out there, thought that Todoist was "it", but then gave up on it. OmniFocus, although pricey, has been working very well for me thus far.

johnvanaman  premium
Replied on Jan 21, 2015 - 06:10 UTC

Good grief, after being faced with the task of editing a bunch of tasks separately, I am wearing down. Please, please update soon.

Rahne Alexander  premium
Replied on Jan 22, 2015 - 17:23 UTC


Rahne Alexander  premium
Replied on Jan 22, 2015 - 17:23 UTC


Henric Taavola  premium
Replied on Jan 30, 2015 - 09:52 UTC

+1 (and bulk editing for labels as well)

dpgreenbaum  premium
Replied on Jan 30, 2015 - 23:25 UTC


iswalker  premium
Replied on Feb 09, 2015 - 21:47 UTC

+1 (and bulk editing for labels too)

John Gibb Millspaugh  premium
Replied on Feb 13, 2015 - 15:02 UTC

Thanks for the response, David Trey. Personally, I am still actively missing this feature. Its lack is making Todoist much more challenging for me to use efficiently. The priorities of my tasks change over time, and I have hundreds of active tasks. Changing each task one by one is not an effective solution for me.

Given that bulk changes to priority do not seem to be a feature coming any time soon, do you have any suggestion for a workaround for those (apparently many of us) who need this feature for efficient task management?

With thanks for your support, John

David Trey  staff
Replied on Feb 13, 2015 - 15:16 UTC

Hello John,

Unfortunately, the only workaround for now would be to right-click on each task and change its priority.

Other than that, although it wouldn't really address this problem, you could try to never let many top priority tasks stack up until they lose their priority ;-)

Of course, we'll look into adding this option to our multi-select list of actions in future updates to address this.


Erin Cassell
Replied on Feb 13, 2015 - 15:39 UTC


I know you were trying to make a joke, but your response really bothers me.

For many of us, the priority of tasks are changed FOR us by other individuals on a regular basis. What was important to my customers or my boss yesterday may not be as important today. Wouldn't it be great if we lived in some utopia where we could sit down and knock things off of our list by order of priority. It happens sometimes, but on most days...it does not. I work in IT where things just happen. Systems go down and my customers need my help. In short...priorities change.

This issue and the fact that I cannot export my tasks (in a meaningful format) required me to move away from Todoist. Beautiful tool, but it is built for task management in an ideal setting which doesn't happen that often in the real world.

Demetrio Filocamo
Replied on Feb 13, 2015 - 15:46 UTC

Erin, can I ask yoou which tool are you using right now? I'm testing different one, for sure I have to leave Todoist because of this (and other small but important problems)... (-1)

What really I don't understand is how is it possible that this thread is 1-year old and still they didn't address this fundamental feature (requested by many premium users)... (-1)

If we call this listening to their users!! (-1)

David, I was never being able to do what you suggest, we live in the real world (and we need real world tools not jokes about a feature requested by many 1 year ago)... (-1)



Mike G (DJ)
Replied on Feb 13, 2015 - 15:55 UTC

I agree with the other feedback. It really is disconcerting that this important and long-standing request has not been addressed .

Erin Cassell
Replied on Feb 13, 2015 - 22:35 UTC

Demetrio...I switched to Toodledo.

Tool is not as pretty, but it extraordinarily flexible and lets me define my task management workflow and not have it defined for me. It allows me to manage my tasks in the real world.

Laura H
Replied on Feb 13, 2015 - 22:47 UTC

Heh, me too Erin.

Toodledo is ugly - but functional. It allows flexible fields, grouping, sorting, searching... I can make it work how I want.

Todoist is beautiful, and I love the look and feel of it, but ultimately, functional wins over pretty.

Thomas Schrenk  premium
Replied on Feb 14, 2015 - 02:22 UTC

David, your answer sounds like the answer from Clyde Romo on March 26 2014. This is nearly a year ago.

Can you define the term future? Is this days, weeks, months, years, decades?

With the current implementation without multi-select the feature is not usable if you have lots of tasks and changing priorities.

When I see the features of the last updates I am reall not sure if features like iOS Widgets are more important than multi-select. For me the first is bells&whistles while the second is homework.

I like todoist, but it I lacks basic functionality. The tool is meant to increase productivity and should not create additional work.

Therefore it would be a great idea if you could increase the priority of bulk changing priorities :-) and give us a dimension on the timeframe.

Mike G (DJ)
Replied on Feb 14, 2015 - 08:22 UTC

David Trey,
Just to chime in again, if there are technical reasons why this functionality is very difficult to implement, or reasons where it would be confusing or contradictory in some functional way, that would be of interest. At least that would give us an understanding that at least some detailed assessment is underway.

Miguel Carmona
Replied on Feb 14, 2015 - 10:49 UTC

this is absolutely annoying. No roadmap, no meaning answers, too much time to solve problems,... same main reasons I left producteev. now evaluating hitask and toodledo...

Demetrio Filocamo
Replied on Feb 14, 2015 - 12:57 UTC

Thanks guys, I'll evaluate Toodledo...


Demetrio Filocamo
Replied on Feb 15, 2015 - 21:07 UTC

Hello again, just as an update on the tests I'm doing: Toodledo seems flexible but the multi select is still complicate (you need to search first). It seems that producteev is much more powerful, anyone has already experienced both? Suggestions? Am I missing something?


Erin Cassell
Replied on Feb 15, 2015 - 21:40 UTC

Dem...almost my entire workflow in Toodledo is based on Saved Searches, so this is not an issue for me. I have a Saved Search call Work Overdue. First thing that I do in the morning is click on that saved search and then update all to today. It takes me literally less than 1 minute. Then, I can reevaluate all of my tasks for the day for priority and importance.

Saved Searches is the core of how the tool works for me...it is the main "screen" that I have up, so I can see tasks by projects, tasks by tags, etc.

I've never evaluated producteev, so I have no way to provide a comparison.

I agree with Laura, Toodle is ugly, but it does the job very well. I couldn't live without the bookmarklet that lets me save tasks from my email. Also, it offers import and export. I'll reiterate...it lets me manage my tasks using my workflow and doesn't force me into a workflow.

M W Barnwell  premium
Replied on Feb 20, 2015 - 14:08 UTC

Love look and feel of Todoist...but the bulk update may cause me to go to ugly Toodledo...and leave ToDoist.... bummer

Vanessa Rabito
Replied on Feb 20, 2015 - 14:14 UTC

I couldn't stand it any longer. Omnifocus works very well. Expensive, :-S but after trying them all, the old adage, "you pay for what you get", holds true here.

Todd  premium
Replied on Mar 21, 2015 - 16:19 UTC

Please, please implement bulk select -- coupled with both changes to priority and bulk drag-and-drop to different projects or to move the selected group higher or lower in priority.

It's not just about aesthetic beauty, it's about functional beauty: speed, seamless intuitiveness, and minimizing the number of steps.

Those are the attributes that ultimately drive consumers to love tech products, whether they be software apps or hardware.

You guys at Todoist could really win big if you understood that this is the SINGLE missing link in your otherwise superior product.

alanglotz  premium
Replied on Apr 27, 2015 - 20:32 UTC

We so need a bulkselect tool in Todoist. I bought the premium subscription, and am now wishing I hadn't.

This does not seem like an overly difficult thing to do from a programming standpoint. Why hasn't this been implemented?

Arkadiy  premium
Replied on May 06, 2015 - 12:29 UTC

Guys, waiting for more than year, we need this feature for work.

Rowan Overwater  premium
Replied on May 14, 2015 - 13:44 UTC

I've been premium for two years now but have come and gone from time to time, almost solely because of this and a few other features - which seem small but would streamline task processing and management hugely - seem to have been completely ignored by the dev. team, despite significant ongoing threads such as this one.
The most major work these days seems to be in updating interfaces and aesthetics. If this looked a bit outdated but had the features I needed I wouldn't be about to leave it again, this time largely out of principle.

Joel Versluys  premium
Replied on Jun 16, 2015 - 07:30 UTC


Ugur  premium
Replied on Jun 16, 2015 - 09:21 UTC


Antoine Chahine  premium
Replied on Jul 21, 2015 - 13:12 UTC


Jason Roe  premium
Replied on Aug 24, 2015 - 19:13 UTC

I created a Chrome Extension that selects all tasks in the current view at once https://goo.gl/a0Lvxs. Once all the tasks are selected, on the top you can change the date, move them all to a new project, change the priority, or delete them.

This should fix your problem :)

Jonathan Todd  premium
Replied on Aug 25, 2015 - 02:31 UTC