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Order of tasks when filtered via labels


Just want to know how tasks are arranged when viewed via a label? I know it first shows due items and priority items first, but, what about the rest? They do not seem to be grouped by any order. When checked on Twitter, I was told it is arranged via 'item number'. In experience, when I filtered on a label (@errands) the first task of a project appeared after the 2 & 3 tasks of the same project, sometimes, after 4,5 tasks of other projects. Is there a way to rectify it?

No proper order of displaying tasks when viewed via a label, defeats the purpose of a label. I believe, they should atleast retain the inherent order of the projects. Any plans to rectify this?

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David Trey staff
Replied on May 26, 2014 - 12:26 UTC


That's correct, once they are sorted by priority, then date, then time, the rest is displayed based on their "item_order" which is a hidden property usually used to order tasks within projects.

If you always prefer to view tasks in a specific order, please use projects views as here you can not only manually reorder each task as you like, but they will stay this way permanently.

Best regards,

Saik Krishna premium
Replied on May 26, 2014 - 13:21 UTC

Hi David,

Yes, I do know if I want a specific order I can use the project view. My concern is, if I use a label as a context, and the tasks are not in any logical order, then it means I cannot use it effectively. If in a project I have 3 steps which have the same label, and in a specific order (in projects view), but I lose that order when I check via the label view, has it not only messed up the order I set in the project but also, render the context meaningless? If I need to do 1,2,3 in order, I need to see them thus even in 'label' view. Otherwise, I'll have to limit myself to viewing only the projects view and not labels. 'cause I don't know where my tasks are in that view. I think we need some kind of grouping when viewed through 'labels'.

David Trey staff
Replied on May 26, 2014 - 13:45 UTC

Thank you for your feedback, we'll consider adding more manual ordering or grouping options in the future and you're welcome to request it in our Votebox: https://todoist.com/Vote/

Best regards,

Reid Curry premium
Replied on Jun 18, 2014 - 17:59 UTC

Since there is no longer a votebox (sigh), let me +1 the need to be able to retain project priority when viewing filters. I have created filters for my projects that have tasks that are overdue, due today, or do not have a due date AND are either P1 or P2. Currently the priority in the filter is not only the incorrect priority, but the web/iOS platforms display the priorities differently too.

Oliver Nielsen
Replied on Dec 31, 2014 - 01:03 UTC

I agree with this feature request. Tasks are often sequential.