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Add tags

Tags would allow organization across lists and folders.

Say I have a few tasks that all have the tag #amazon, I could hit the tag and see what other things I need to grab from Amazon regardless of the list or location.

Another useful example would be for modules in a project, #backendAuth #frontendAuth #databaseStoreProcs, regardless of which sprint/list they're located in.

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    Jared Ostyn shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    completed  ·  AdminMarcel (Admin, Microsoft) responded  · 

    We have implemented a first version of hashtags, similar to what we have in Wunderlist. If you add a #hashtag to your task titles, you can click it in order to see a list of search results that include this particular #hashtag.

    This feature is now available across all Microsoft To-Do clients.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This does not appear to be working for my on iOS. I an add a #tag but an it creates the blue link but I cannot click it to show a view with other tasks that are also using the same #tag ... Is this correct?

      • RayVra commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Great work, Marcel. I'm glad to see the someone from the Wunderlist team is working on the new app. I would like to make the switch, but I cannot do that until some critical features are completed: Subtasks, Folders, links to files and photos, & iPad/landscape support. Task sharing & comments would also be helpful. Keep at it...

      • RayVra commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Obviously, no one from the To-Do team is bother to monitor this. This feature was added a couple of weeks ago. This is one of EIGHT, from Wunderlist that are missing (see my Twitter post, @RayVra)...

      • Fil Sapia commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Honestly it would have been so much easier if they simply renamed Wunderlist to To-Do...

      • RayVra commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The ability to add "defined" hashtags (i.e., #subject) is critically important to allow users to "find" tasks that might exist across multiple different lists and folders. Like Wunderlist, the user shouild be able to "see" the list of previously identified tags when they begin to add a tag to an item (to eliminate tag spelling errors).

        I would not be able to get the benefit that I currently receive from Wunderlist withOUT this capability. It is a show stopper for me.

      • Scott commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Tags, yes please. For GTD, the lists r task/action types, so tags would allow for project categories eg to see whats required for my reno project that day or week. But make it simple to apply AND change tags. Not buried in multiple steps like dialogue boxes to be confirned, just drag n drop.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes it will be a game changer for me to use this, if the contexts (e.g.: Places, people, etc.) can be managed with tags/labels (e.g.: Use # and @, etc)

      • Martin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The reason I don't see the tag system in Wunderlist / To-Do very useful is the possibility of mistyping the tag.

        Let's say you use a #bank tag (or whatever else), but in one case you mistype it as a #bnk. In this case, you'll not find it when you need it - making the tags highly unreliable.

        - A drop-down list of tags when typing # would solve this.
        - both when creating or editing the task.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Tagging is already implemented by using #tag. However all active tags should be visible as links, for instance at the bottom of the sidebar, and with the number of todo’s that are marked with the actual tab.

      • Ethan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Being able to use tags to QUICKLY associate a single to-do with multiple lists would be an absolutely fantastic feature. It would be similar to how the current My Day list works except you would use tags instead of dates to associate to-dos with a list.

        Typing out #tags for each item and then having to do a search each time you want to create a #tag list is simply a crude and inefficient work-around.

      • Neal Rowland commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Ability to view all the hashtags used throughout the app to categorize / tag items and notes on one screen. Could be "hashtag clouds" or other visual representation of tags. Users can click on a 'cloud' and they are presented with a list of all the items (to do and completed?) that have been tagged with that #hashtag [assuming that the hashtagging feature is being ported over from Wunderlist]

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Tags are vital for the many who use David Allen's GTD system to organize their todo lists, and also to get full integration with outlook.

      • Peter Byrom commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please keep the hashtag feature from Wunderlist! It's critical for connecting associated list entries together.

        For example, in a list of project goals, there may be an item such as:

        "Setup new bank accounts"

        And on a list of phone actions, there may be an entry such as:

        "Call bank to arrange appointment"

        Without the hashtag, there's no quick way of being able to check what the next action is on the project.

        With the hashtag, however, you can click on:

        "Setup new #bank accounts"

        and immediately see that the associated Next Action on that project is:

        "Call #bank to arrange appointment"

        Being able to tag and connect list items in this way is crucial for maintaining an efficient system. It would be a sad step backwards if this key Wunderlist selling point were to be dropped, and I would not use it.

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