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How to preserve link to e-mail task after it is archived?


Creating a task from an e-mail works by clicking on the "Add email as task" link.

If i click on the subject of that task right away, it opens the e-mail in a new tab, neat!

However, if i archive that e-mail (moving it from a sub-folder of my Inbox to the 2014 subfolder of Archives), pressing the task title no longer works. No reaction.

Unfortunately, the point for me of making tasks out of e-mails is to get them out of my inbox.

Can you maintain the connection to an e-mail when it is moved between folders in a mailbox?

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David Trey  staff
Replied on May 14, 2014 - 13:33 UTC

Hello Benjamin,

Thank you for your report, we'll look into improving this and make the links active after moving to a different folder. For now, you could try to move them first and then add as tasks.

Best regards,

Brent Matzelle  premium
Replied on Jun 23, 2014 - 16:32 UTC

Benjamin is right on here. My work flow is this:

1. Click "Add email as task" for an email
2. Click "Archive" to remove it from my inbox
3. Open up email with task (*does not* work with Todoist extension)

Please add this as a feature. Thanks!

Replied on Jul 08, 2015 - 15:17 UTC

I would love that too. If mails have to stay in the inbox I might as well mark them as task with other tools, why bother filing them into a to do list...? :)

Pretty much the same question has been asked in the outlook section:


Only this here is from 2014 and the one in the outlook section from march. So no progress on this in more than a year? :(

This and the announced google calendar integration and I will go premium. :)


Replied on Jul 08, 2015 - 15:25 UTC

Actually a first step might be to copy the content of an email with one click. The email itself doesn't need to be accessible anymore. Well, it would be nice, but to me it's not a must.

But the minimum is the ability to store the information contained in the mail, link it to a deadline and get rid of the email so the inbox is empty by the end of the day.

jochen.hofmann.71  premium
Replied on Jul 09, 2015 - 06:52 UTC

I agree with Marc and Benjamin. In most cases it is sufficient to copy the content of the email (with header) and transform it into a task. Then the email can be removed from the inbox.
In outlook (not todoist) when transforming an email into a task one can choose if one wants to add the whole email (like an attachment) or if one only wants to add the content as a note. I very much liked that feature about outlook.