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Allow search of custom filter name in query box



I love the ability to rapidly use Todoist for Windows almost exclusively with the keyboard for adding tasks and performing quick searches.

I have a request for what I think is a new feature, one that you could add as premium only.

I have created several custom filters that I would like quick access to via the query box. As an example:

Filter name: YTT (could be anything)
Filter command: yesterday, today, tomorrow
Filter action: Display all tasks due yesterday, today and tomorrow

I would love to be able to quickly jump to this custom filter by typing YTT in the query box. You can do this with labels via the @ prefix, and projects via the # prefix. So why not allow this for custom filter names also.

Right now, the only way is to click through the left hand menu which just slows me down.

Even something like $YTT or %YTT would be great.


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Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on May 01, 2014 - 07:59 UTC

Hi Adriaan,

Thank you for your suggestion. Can you post this in the Votebox section https://todoist.com/Vote/ so other users can vote for it?

Please note that you can save custom filters so you can easily access them without retyping it in the query box. You can use this entry "yes,tod,tom" as a workaround for the meantime.

Best Regards,


Adriaan Window  premium
Replied on Aug 21, 2014 - 02:19 UTC

Hi again,
Just noted the votebox is now gone, so following up on this.

I understand the work around, but here is why I think my suggestion is a good idea.

I like to use my keyboard and kb shortcuts for Todoist - one of the best features for rapid fire entry and navigation of the application.

I created a filter called "YTT" (yes, tod, tom) to make it simpler for me to get to that filter query, but I am finding I want more power.

If I had the ability to simply type say "$YTT #project :to me:" into a query box, I would be able to quickly see a three day snapshot of tasks assigned to me for a certain project.

I cannot currently do that because:
(a) cannot currently do text input of a custom query (ie YTT) - hence suggesting $ as a new operator
(b) cannot filter projects using the #tag unless # is the first thing I type
(c) cannot use #project in conjunction with other filters (eg "#project tod" returns nothing)

There is so much more potential here by allowing some of these search queries to work in tandem with each other that is currently locked. This should definitely be a premium only feature so you can get paid for it, but certainly think I would not be the only one that would thank you for it.

Thanks for your time and keep up the great work team

Kind Regards,

Christian Kaiser  premium
Replied on Sep 26, 2014 - 08:29 UTC

Hi Clyde,

I know some time has gone, but I like the idea of Adriaan as well. Since you can use projects in filters using p:projects-name, maybe you can add a syntax like f:filter-name to reference to a filter.

I use todoist in Outlook most of the time and to switch between my "Work" and "Private" filter I need to do a few mouse clicks in the plugin. Instead I would like to enter the filter names directly in the main view without opening the left menu.

This is for me just a nice to have feature.

Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on Sep 26, 2014 - 08:37 UTC

Hi Christian,

Thank's for the feedback. We don't have any plans to add this anytime soon but we'll consider this for the future improvement of the app.