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Filter Colour Changes (Edit)


I changed the colours on the preset filters (priority 1, 2 3 etc) by clicking on the filter tab - then right clicking on "edit filter" then clicking on the droplet and choosing a new colour. However when I go back to me list the colours of the filters remain the same (clear, light blue, dark blue and red) AND the option to add filters to a task still retain the pre set colour code notwithstanding that I changed e.g. Priority 1 to yellow.

Grateful for any advice as to whether filter colours can actually be changed

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Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Apr 02, 2014 - 07:12 UTC


I can't replicate the issue. I tried in Chrome and I tried it in the Mac App and it's currently working fine in both. Can you try logging out and log back in again? Try changing the colour of the filter and see if it sticks.

Also, please note that the Mac is currently in version 4.1.5. Try upgrading if you're not on that version already and see if it makes a difference.



RBS  premium
Replied on Apr 03, 2014 - 03:12 UTC

My version is showing as 4.1(147).

I don't see anything allowing me to update.

I have tried on my macbook pro app, samsung galaxy (android) app and imac app - all are only allowing 3 colours for priority in the right click menu - light blue, dark blue and red.

This is notwithstanding that I edited my priority (and added a 5th) colour coding each to a new colour (yellow etc). I would appreciate a fix for this as it is very useful for me to have an extensive colour code for priorities.

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


I think there may be a bit of confusion. As Clyde said, it does work, but what he is referring to is the color of the filter. Those Priority filters are filters showing tasks with Priority 1 2 or 3.

Though, the colors you see on your tasks, are the actual Prioirties, which the colors can not be changed. So to be clear, the option to change the color, is only for the filter, not the priorities.


RBS  premium
Replied on Apr 03, 2014 - 03:38 UTC

I don't think I am following this. On the left menu I can click on the filter tab - edit and actually change the droplet colour for all the 'filters' including priority 1,2 and 3 (e.g. I have changed the "droplet" colour on the left menu for "Priority 3" to purple (where before it was blue).

When I to my task list on the right - and click on the 3 dots to the extreme right - a menu comes up ("add task above" etc) including "Priority" showing priority 1-4 and each in the original colours from none to blue to red.

So whatever I changed the droplet colour on the right menu (tab "filter") has no affect on the "Priority" colour - even thought they have the same name? This seems a bit confusing.

If the right menu "filter" tab "Priority" are unrelated to "priority" I get on the task menu to the right - then how and when do I apply the former?

I am not sure I am understanding the application of "filters"

Restated - is there any way I can apply the "filters" to particular tasks so that I can colour code them to my tastes?

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Apr 03, 2014 - 03:47 UTC


That is correct. I suppose it's a bit confusing. There are filters, and then there are priorities. A priority is of course, level of importance of your task (with the 2 blues, and red), the flags. Then we have filters, these are ways to change the view of your tasks, such as "overdue, @label1". Though, you can also change the view to show only Priority 1 tasks. So even though there are Priorities, it is also a filter named Priority because that is what it is filtering your task list by.

As for changing the colors as you'd like, no there is no way to do this. The projects will of course have different colors, that is all.

I hope that is a bit more clear.


RBS  premium
Replied on Apr 03, 2014 - 05:24 UTC

Thanks that helps to explain why I could not see the colour code - though I must confess I still don't much understand how to use the filter. I will pay around with it when I get some time and I am sure it will become clear.

In the meantime - is there any plans to increase the number of priorities and give it a more varied colour code? 6 levels of priority would be extremely useful and the colour code could go from yellow, green, orange, purple red or some such. When there are heavy volume tasks these distinctions would be extremely useful.

Brendon Wadey  staff
Replied on Apr 03, 2014 - 05:43 UTC


We do not have any concrete plans at this time, but it's always possible. Feel free to vote on this suggestion in our votebox. https://todoist.com/Vote/


g l y p h  premium
Replied on Jul 28, 2014 - 01:14 UTC

Being able to change the color of the checkbox next to a task is probably my top "To Do" for Todoist.

I'd love to use it to indicate interim status of a task (essentially partial completion).

With the current system, if is time consuming to change each task's default color from white, and the other colors are so strong that it makes them stand out more as partially completed tasks than one that has not been started.

If I had control over the colors like I do with project colors, I could choose a light gray and a medium gray for my custom colors and I'd be a happy camper.

John Ott
Replied on Sep 09, 2014 - 15:36 UTC

I agree with Ron. I would like to be able to change the colors associated with the priorities (and therefore the checkboxes).

Replied on Oct 14, 2014 - 10:10 UTC

That would be very useful! The empty checkbox is somehow not that informative at a quick glance.

Sophie Gist  premium
Replied on Oct 17, 2014 - 05:59 UTC

I would love this extra boost in customisable colours, purples in varying shades would work for my priorities. Yes please!

Sophie Gist  premium
Replied on Oct 17, 2014 - 05:59 UTC

I'm on pc and Android by the way

Tiffany Sankary  premium
Replied on Nov 06, 2014 - 19:21 UTC

I'd like to change the color of priorities too!

Gareth  premium
Replied on Feb 10, 2015 - 16:04 UTC

+1 to this - would very much like to change the colour of priority levels

Kevin ONeill  premium
Replied on Apr 03, 2015 - 07:10 UTC

Ditto. Changing the color of a priority filter should change that priority level's flag color. Why flags, anyway? A star or just a square is all that's needed, really, I suppose. But yes to the matching of priority markers to a user's customized priority filter colors. Silly, but this really disappointed me.