Things Quick Tip: Keyboard Shortcuts for Tags

Things allows you to assign keyboard shortcuts to Tags.

  1. Bring up the tag manager with ⌘⌃T
  2. Notice the little boxes to the right? Click in one and press a key. Tada!

This adds two bindings:

  1. With a task highlighted and press ⌃+<key>, Things.app will toggle that tag on and off.

  2. On any view, you can press ⌃⌥+<key> and Things.app will filter that view to that tag.

I tend to not set tons of these, because they conflict with my beloved Readline shortcuts. I do use it for three tags: Essential, which is just that. The One Thing that I need to do that day. I also have bindings for tags I use for Focus level: $High and $Low.

I use the “toggle a tag” binding infrequently now. I typically handle all the tags at once in the inbox at the end of the day… and @culturedcode added the feature where you can select multiple items and press ⌘⇧+T to tag multiple to-dos.

The ⌃⌥+<key> filtering shortcut is still very helpful, but increasingly I lean on using x-callback-urls to build filtered views for certain kinds of tasks.


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