Desktop-Class Productivity for iPad

We’ve just released an amazing update for iPad. With full support for external keyboards, powerful shortcuts, Type Travel navigation, and much more – Things 3.6 takes our iPad app to the next level. Try it today!


The screen wasn’t touched once
in the recording of this video.

For this update we had one goal: make our iPad app truly desktop-class. To achieve this, we had to substantially improve support for external keyboards – and by that we don’t just mean adding a few more shortcuts. In fact, adding more shortcuts was only possible because of one of the key features in this release: the ability to select items from the keyboard.

Keyboard Selection

The lists you make in Things are constantly changing, so editing them has to be easy. Over the years, we’ve worked hard to make this feel as frictionless as possible on touch devices: insert items anywhere with the Magic Plus button, select items quickly with a left swipe, multi-select items by swiping down the circles on the right, and reorder items (even a multi-selection) via drag and drop.

The easy-ness of these list editing controls on iOS is something we’re proud of. But as soon as you attach a keyboard to your iPad, all that magic goes away. Almost every list editing action requires you to lift your hand off the keyboard and touch the screen, which gets exhausting.

This problem can’t be fixed by “just adding keyboard shortcuts”, because shortcuts require context: Where do you want to insert a new to-do? Which items do you want to move? And so on. Before you can use a shortcut, you need a persistent selection in the list that you can target. So that’s exactly what we’ve built for Things 3.6.

To see what we mean, just open the app and tap the down arrow; you’ll see the first to-do selected. Now you can move the selection around with the arrow keys, or hold down shift and use the arrows to select more to-dos. Yes, it works just like the Mac!

One of the beautiful things about the way it works on iPad is how keyboard and touch controls work together seamlessly. You can start selecting to-dos with your keyboard, then tap a few with your finger to add some more, and so on – it just feels natural.

Powerful Commands

Now that you have a selection in the list, there are all sorts of things you can do. Even with a small handful of shortcuts, you already have a lot of power:

  • Insert a to-do below your selection: ⌘ Cmd+N
  • Open a to-do with Return and Tab around inside of it.
  • Close the to-do again: ⌘ Cmd+Return
  • Move items up or down the list: ⌘ Cmd+/
  • Duplicate, copy, or paste items: ⌘ Cmd+D/C/V
  • Set a date: ⌘ Cmd+S
  • Mark it complete: ⌘ Cmd+K
  • And so on…

These shortcuts are all very straightforward – chances are you already know most of them. And if you’re a shortcut-enthusiast we have good news! We’ve added over 70 shortcuts across the app. Press and hold the ⌘ Cmd key in any view to see what’s possible, or check out the full list on our website.

Quick Popovers

You’ll notice that popovers in Things are also fully accessible from the keyboard (When, Deadline, Tags, etc.). Open a popover, such as ⌘ Cmd+ S, then use the arrow keys to move your selection around. Better yet, just start typing in any of them to filter down the results!

Quick side note: Apple’s Smart Keyboard for iPad doesn’t have an Esc key 😱 So how do you get out of popovers? Well there’s a system-wide shortcut for this: ⌘ Cmd+. – and it also works in Things.

Type Travel

There’s a really cool feature we built for the Mac, called Type Travel. It allows you to navigate Things with your keyboard. You don’t need a shortcut to use it – just start typing where in the app you want to go, and instantly you’re transported there. It’s magic. We’ve now brought this feature to iPad, and it really shines here. It’s amazing how quickly you can get around without even lifting a hand.


To polish it all off, we’ve built three long-standing feature requests into this release:

  • You can now drag & drop to-dos into Things’ sidebar to move them to other lists.
  • Tags and deadlines can now be applied to multiple to-dos at once: just select a group and tap •••. Works on iPhone, too!
  • Things now supports app-wide undo and redo on iOS.

After taking this update for a spin, we think you’ll agree: using Things on iPad feels completely different now. That “I’ll just wait till I get back to my Mac to do serious work” feeling is replaced with a feeling of empowerment: almost anything you could do in Things on your Mac, you can now do on your iPad.

So grab your keyboard, head on down to the coffee shop, and see what you can do with Things 3.6 – we hope you’ll like it!

Things 3.5

Today’s release packs 29 little features and improvements into one big update – it’s Things 3.5, our “Spit & Polish” release. Available now!

Things 3.5

Things 3 has been out for a while now and we’ve received lots of fantastic feedback – thank you so much! For today’s release, we took a close look at all your suggestions and revisited many areas of the app to polish it up. Let’s take a look at what’s new…

Collapsable Areas

Collapsable areas has been one of our most requested features. If your project list is super long – or if you just don’t want to see work projects on the weekend – you can now collapse your areas to hide them.


Tagging Improvements

Applying Tags. The tag window on iOS is now searchable – just pull down and start typing. This makes it much faster to find the right tag in a long list.


Tag Searches. App-wide tag searches are now also broader. When you search for a tag, you won’t just see items with that tag, but also items with tags nested under it.

Tag Filtering. A feature from Things 2 has also made a much-requested comeback: you can once again filter by “No Tag”.

I/O Magic

It’s now much easier to get data into Things. Here are a few new tricks:

  • Copy some text from another app, then switch to Things and paste it. Voila! A new to-do is created straight from the clipboard. Better yet, try pasting multiple lines of text; a new to-do will be created for each row of text.
  • It gets a little mind bending if you’re using Universal Clipboard… copy some text on your Mac and then paste it into Things on your iPhone 🤯
  • Things is also smart when you paste multiple lines of text into the title field of an existing to-do: the first row of text lands in the title, and the rest is neatly tucked into the notes.
  • You can also drag some text from another app into a Things window, then let go.

Copy & paste now also works great inside of Things. On your Mac, simply copy a project, heading, or some to-dos and paste them into another list. If you’re pasting into other apps, Things now nicely formats what you have in your clipboard as plain text.

Update Items via Things URLs

We were very pleased with the recent launch of Things URLs, which allow you to create to-dos in Things from outside the app. It’s amazing to see all the workflows you’ve been creating!

One of the main features requested is a way to make changes to items that already exist. This is now possible, thanks to our new update commands. Check our documentation for the latest information.

Today Widget Improvements

The Today Widget now shows icons for checklists & reminders, a moon for items in This Evening, and progress pies for your projects.

Today Widget Improvements

Performance Improvements

Large Projects. Some users have projects which are far bigger than the average – to the tune of 7,000+ to-dos! These projects load much faster now, and working inside them is much snappier, especially on iOS.

Repeating Tasks. The first time the app runs each day, it generates new repeating to-dos and projects. This is now much faster.

Links Everywhere

The app now handles links consistently in all places: inside the title, inside notes, and (finally!) inside checklist items. On both Mac and iOS.

Checklist items with links

Better Settings

Redesign. The Settings screen on iOS is redesigned for more clarity.

Grouping in Today. Just like the Mac, iOS now allows you to change the layout of your Today list. You can sort your to-dos manually, or group them automatically by area or project.

Touch Bar. On the MacBook Pro, the Touch Bar is now customizable. You can move the buttons around, or remove buttons you don’t want to see.

Improved Date Handling

Completion Dates. Up to now, the Logbook showed abbreviated dates for items far in the past. We’ve changed this so you can always determine the exact date of completion.

Calendar Events. In the Upcoming list, we’ve also improved how we handle events that span across multiple days – it will now show as an all-day item on each day of the event, rather than only on the day the event started.

Zapier Workflows

After we shipped our Mail to Things feature, the team over at Zapier started building a range of workflows that let you create to-dos from business tools like Slack, Trello, Basecamp, and more. These workflows are now available.

And more…

These are just some of the additions in Things 3.5. We’ve also tweaked the layout in full screen mode (Mac), added a Duplicate option for headings, and fixed numerous bugs.

Things 3.5 is available for download in the App Store now. We hope you enjoy these latest improvements!

Hey, things:///

Things 3.4 has just hit the store with three fantastic new features: Linking to Things, Powerful Automation, and Handover from other apps – all made possible by our brand new Things URLs.

“Hey, things:///”

Things now supports a special kind of link (or URL) that starts with “things:”. These links are just like the ones you use every day on the web, except they allow you to send a variety of commands to Things.

Here’s an example: things:///show?id=today. Tapping this link will open Things and tell it to show your Today list. Try it now if you already have Things 3.4 installed.

These Things URLs enable three great new features. Let’s take a look at what each can do!

Linking to Things

You’ve already seen how to link to your Today list, but you can link to any list in Things: Upcoming, Logbook, one of your projects or areas, and so on. You can even link to a specific to-do buried deep inside a list. Some examples:

Getting a link is really easy:

  • On your Mac, right-click any to-do – or list in the sidebar – and choose ShareCopy Link.
  • On iOS, in the top right corner of a list, tap ShareCopy Link. For a to-do, tap to expand it, then tap ShareCopy Link.

You can now paste the links anywhere you like. Manage a project in Things, but keep your writing or brainstorming in another app? No problem: paste your project’s link into the other app and quickly jump back to it in Things. Of course, you can also link related to-dos and lists inside of Things itself.

Powerful Automation

Beyond using these links for simple navigation, they can also be used to execute a broad range of powerful commands from outside of the app – to create to-dos, show tag filters, perform searches, and so on.

Here are a few examples (if you’ve already updated to 3.4, you can tap to execute them):

  • Add a new to-do to your Today list. (Try it!)
  • Add a new to-do with a start date of this weekend. (Try it!)
  • Add a new to-do with the “Errand” tag. (Try it – this only works if you already have a tag with that name.)
  • Search your to-dos for “Weekly Report”. (Try it!)

Creating these commands yourself is a bit technical, but if you’re adventurous and willing to experiment a little, they allow you to automate many of the things you frequently do. We’ve built a little tool to help you get started: Launch Link Builder

Incredible Machinery

Once you’ve built your custom links, you can paste them into apps like Launch Center Pro or Launcher for easy access. Or you can use apps like Workflow to chain multiple commands and apps together into clever workflows.

Tech journalist Federico Viticci has been playing with this feature for several weeks already, and you can read about what he got up to over on MacStories. Also be sure to check out the workflows from the guys over at The Sweet Setup.

Handover From Other Apps

The final feature made possible by Things URLs is to create entire projects from other apps – complete with notes, headings, and to-dos.

The fantastic mind-mapping tool MindNode, for example, now allows you to brainstorm new ideas on an empty canvas and then “hand it over” to Things as a project when the time is right.

Handover from Mindnote

We’re happy that Drafts has also built this feature into their upcoming version, and hope to see more apps with integration soon. Any other developers wanting to export data to Things can easily do so with our open source Swift library. Just have a look at our documentation.

Things 3.4 is available now as a free update for all our users. We hope you find some creative and useful ways to wield your new linking power! 🤓

Mail to Things

We’re excited to announce a new feature: Mail to Things! A powerful new way to create to-dos from other apps, services, and platforms. Available now in Things 3.3!

Mail to Things

The Critical First Step

Corralling all your to-dos into one place – Things’ Inbox – is the critical first step in getting control of a busy life and staying organized. For this to be effective, you need to be able to capture everything – only then can you be confident that nothing important has slipped through the cracks.

Until now, Things has provided four easy ways to do this: Quick Entry, Siri, 3D Touch, and the Add to Things extension. The problem, for some people, is that these methods are only available within the Apple ecosystem – and many of our customers have asked for more ways to create to-dos from more places.

So today we’re introducing Mail to Things – a new feature that opens your Inbox up to all sorts of new workflows that were previously impossible.

Let’s take a look at how it works.

Outbox to Inbox

Mail to Things is extremely simple to use. You send an email to Things Cloud, and it appears as a to-do in Things.

Try it out:

  1. Open Things Cloud’s settings.
  2. Enable Mail to Things.
  3. Send an email to your new address.

It’s that easy. The email’s subject becomes your to-do’s title, and the rest goes into the notes.

Email to-dos directly to your Things Inbox.

Email to-dos directly to your Things Inbox.

Thanks to the ubiquity of email, you now have “Quick Entry” everywhere. Here are three ways you could use it:

  1. Send to-dos to Things from other platforms, like your PC at work.
  2. Forward an email to Things from your iPhone; Things will link back to the email so you can find it again later.
  3. Give your address to a trusted partner or colleague so they can delegate to-dos to you.

Since any workflow that sends an email can create a to-do in Things, there are literally hundreds of ways to use this feature. Really – you can get seriously nerdy…

Powerful Workflows

Mail to Things is more powerful than it might seem at first glance. Thanks to various apps and online services – such as Workflow, IFTTT, and Zapier – you can use Mail to Things to build workflows that create to-dos for you automatically.

The possibilities for these workflows are so many and so varied that it’s too much to cover here – but we’ve prepared a support document with a few examples to show you what’s possible. You can adopt them into your own setup, or build your own.

Finally, just a tip for all our developer friends out there: GitHub allows you to set an independent email address for notifications, so you can use Mail to Things to have Issues delivered directly to your Things Inbox, with a link.

Funny that an email feature... creates less email :)

As 2017 draws to a close, we reflect on what has been a remarkable year for us. We shipped the long awaited Things 3, which has been received exceptionally well, and even won a second Apple Design Award. In the seven months that followed, we kept busy adding some great new features and improvements: repeating to-dos in projects; Siri integration; support for third-party app links; drag & drop for iPad; support for iPhone X; and now Mail to Things. All the while, our heroic support team has handled just over 44,000 inquiries. What a year! Thank you all so much for using Things and supporting its development; we truly appreciate it.

More great improvements are already on their way for 2018, so we’re really looking forward to the coming year. Happy Holidays to you all, and see you in 2018!