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Rich Text Notes



I have just signed up for Premium, and I am really dissappointed with the 'notes' section for each task.

I am trying to move over from Springpad, because I like the gmail integration and the clean layout. However, writing notes under each Task is very poor. It is particularly bad on iphone - akin to writing a text.

What would be best (in comparison to all other to-do style apps) would be to have a full text editor open up when selecting to edit notes. Bullet points, bold, pasted hyperlinks etc.

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Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on May 08, 2014 - 11:23 UTC

Hi David,

Though the notes is not a rich text editor, you can still format your notes. Here are some available formatting and their syntax:

Bold - (CTRL+B) !! insert bolded word here !!
Italics - (CTRL+I) insert italicized word here
Highlight - (CTRL+H) %(hl)insert highlighted word here%
Links - http://samplelink.com (This is a link)

You can paste my example in the note section and it should work. If you're still looking for a Rich Text Editor, you can add it as a suggestion here https://todoist.com/Vote/.



David Cole  premium
Replied on May 08, 2014 - 11:30 UTC

Many Thanks. I have added it to the suggestions. I will continue to use Springpad in the meantime as this is very important to feature to the way I work.

Thanks again.

Glenn Clark  premium
Replied on May 10, 2014 - 22:34 UTC

Does the notes section in a task support bullets? Is there a way to code that as well (i.e. *). Also if it does support bullets, can it support indented bullets or multiple levels of bullets?


Clyde Romo  staff
Replied on May 12, 2014 - 11:33 UTC

Hi Glenn,

Unfortunately, bullets is not supported yet. You can add it in our votebox https://todoist.com/Vote/ as a request for now.

Best Regards,


Michael Ehling
Replied on Jul 21, 2014 - 18:11 UTC

Like Glenn, I'd like to see more rich text in notes. Bullets would be great. Numbered lists, images, and headings would also help.

Shawn Lee
Replied on Aug 05, 2014 - 21:30 UTC

Code tag support would be super helpful as well. I'm trying to use todoist to log bugs as I encounter them for each task and the formatting is getting all screwed up when I try to save code.

Todd Hodgson
Replied on Oct 09, 2014 - 17:43 UTC

Agreed with Shawn. The comments are rendered useless for communicating most code changes to my developers, as ToDoist truncates and garbles hyperlinks within the code. Some kind of <pre> tag would help alleviate this.

See here: http://grab.by/B5PA


Ben Voran  premium
Replied on Oct 09, 2014 - 17:46 UTC

<pre> or <code> is a necessity!!!

Tom Hayden  premium
Replied on May 06, 2015 - 14:45 UTC

Lack of bullets in notes is a real limitation and frustration for me. I like to record notes in actions as I complete them for future reference. Improvement here or integration with a good note-taking system must be a priority.

Jade Green
Replied on Jun 11, 2015 - 18:24 UTC

Can you add that Highlight formatting option into your Formatting Text help section on your main help page? I didn't know about it until I saw it here. Also, CTRL+H in my browser currently opens my History page, so I have to manually type %(hl) % but it doesn't work when manually typing it. Suggestions?

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Jun 11, 2015 - 18:43 UTC

Hi Jade,

Could you please give us the exact steps to reproduce the issue? Which browser are you using?


Jade Green
Replied on Jun 11, 2015 - 19:01 UTC

Chrome. It is supposed to highlight text. I open a new task, paste "%(hl)" type my text with or without surrounding spaces and paste "%" and it treats it as text instead of formatting syntax.

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Jun 11, 2015 - 19:05 UTC


Unfortunately, we don't currently support highlighting text. The only supported options are bold, italic and hyperlinks. You can check them here: https://todoist.com/Help/TextFormatting

We may consider supporting more options in the future.


Jade Green
Replied on Jun 11, 2015 - 19:07 UTC

Thank you. Now that I have received an answer I do not care to be emailed everytime someone responds. I have this happening on another comment I made. How do I fix this?

Galina Skovorodnikova  staff
Replied on Jun 11, 2015 - 19:08 UTC

Unfortunately, that's not possible right now. We'll consider implementing it in the future, though, but for now, the only workaround would be to set a rule in your email client to trash every mail that includes a certain word, preferably - the unique ID number of the related thread which is always shown in a link in such mails.