You can control Things on your Mac and iPad with keyboard shortcuts. We’ve listed them all below.


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To access this page from Things, go to HelpKeyboard Shortcuts.

Create items

⌘ Cmd N New to-do
Space New to-do below selection
⌘ Cmd V New to-dos from clipboard
⇧ Shift ⌘ Cmd C New checklist in open to-do
⌥ Opt ⌘ Cmd N New project
⇧ Shift ⌘ Cmd N New heading
⌥ Opt ⇧ Shift ⌘ Cmd N New heading with selection
^ Ctrl Space Open Quick Entry*
^ Ctrl ⌥ Opt Space Open Quick Entry with Autofill*

*These two shortcuts can be changed via ThingsPreferencesQuick Entry.

Edit items

↩ Return Open selected item
⌘ Cmd ↩ Return Save and close item
⌘ Cmd D Duplicate selected item
⌘ Cmd C Copy to-do or project
⌘ Cmd V Paste to-do or project
⌘ Cmd K Complete selected item
⌥ Opt ⌘ Cmd K Cancel selected item
⇧ Shift ⌘ Cmd Y Move completed to Logbook

Select items

⇧ Shift Extend selection upwards
⇧ Shift Extend selection downwards
⌥ Opt ⇧ Shift Extend selection to top
⌥ Opt ⇧ Shift Extend selection to bottom
⌘ Cmd A Select all

Move items

⇧ Shift ⌘ Cmd M Move item to another list
⌥ Opt ⌘ Cmd V Move copied item to here
⌘ Cmd Move item up
⌘ Cmd Move item down
⌥ Opt ⌘ Cmd Move item to top of list
⌥ Opt ⌘ Cmd Move item to bottom of list

Edit dates

⌘ Cmd S Show When
⌘ Cmd T Start Today
⌘ Cmd E Start This Evening
⌘ Cmd R Start Anytime
⌘ Cmd O Start Someday
^ Ctrl ] Start date +1 day (Help)
^ Ctrl [ Start date -1 day (Help)
^ Ctrl ⇧ Shift ] Start date +1 week (Help)
^ Ctrl ⇧ Shift [ Start date -1 week (Help)
⇧ Shift ⌘ Cmd D Add a Deadline
^ Ctrl . Deadline +1 day
^ Ctrl , Deadline -1 day
^ Ctrl ⇧ Shift > Deadline +1 week (Help)
^ Ctrl ⇧ Shift < Deadline -1 week (Help)
⇧ Shift ⌘ Cmd R Add repetition schedule

Control windows

^ Ctrl ⌘ Cmd N Open new window
⌘ Cmd / Show/hide sidebar
⌥ Opt ⌘ Cmd T Show/hide toolbar

Open in new window

⌘ Cmd ↩ Return The currently-selected project
⌘ Cmd ↩ Return Any list in search results
⌘ Cmd + click Any list in search results
⌘ Cmd + click Any list while Today is grouped
⌥ Opt + click The Open New Window button
⌘ Cmd + click A Things URL
⌘ Cmd + 2 clicks Any project within a list

Search

⌘ Cmd F Search the app (Tip)
⇧ Shift ⌘ Cmd F Find in text
⌥ Opt ⇧ Shift ⌘ Cmd F Find & Replace in text

Navigate

⌘ Cmd 1 Go to Inbox
⌘ Cmd 2 Go to Today
⌘ Cmd 3 Go to Upcoming
⌘ Cmd 4 Go to Anytime
⌘ Cmd 5 Go to Someday
⌘ Cmd 6 Go to Logbook
⌘ Cmd L Show in parent list
Return or Enter selected project
Go back
⌥ Opt Jump to top
⌥ Opt Jump to bottom
^ Ctrl ⌥ Opt ⌘ Cmd Navigate up in the sidebar
^ Ctrl ⌥ Opt ⌘ Cmd Navigate down in the sidebar
⌘ Cmd F + “Tomo…” View the Tomorrow list
⌘ Cmd F + “Dead…” View the Deadlines list
⌘ Cmd F + “Repe…” View the Repeating items list
⌘ Cmd F + “Proj…” View the All Projects list
⌘ Cmd F + “Logg…” View the Logged Projects list

You can also navigate around the app with a feature called Type Travel. Simply start typing the name of the list or tag you want to jump to, then hit Return.

Tag & Filter

^ Ctrl ⌘ Cmd T Open tag window
⇧ Shift ⌘ Cmd T Edit tags for selected item
^ Ctrl + shortcut Toggle tag on/off for selected item
^ Ctrl ⌥ Opt + shortcut Filter by tag
⌘ Cmd + click tags Filter by multiple tags
^ Ctrl Esc Escape filtered state

Open links

⌥ Opt ⌘ Cmd ↩ Return Open link
⌘ Cmd + click Open link in background

Style text with Markdown

^ Ctrl ⌘ Cmd 1-6 Heading 1-6: # ..., ## ..., etc.
⌘ Cmd I Italics: *...*
⌘ Cmd B Bold: **...**
⇧ Shift ⌘ Cmd L Bulleted list: - ...
⌥ Opt ⌘ Cmd L Numbered list: 1. ...
^ Ctrl ⌘ Cmd L Task list: - [ ] ...
⌘ Cmd K Complete task: - [x]
⌥ Opt ⌘ Cmd K Cancel task: - [~]
⌘ Cmd ' Quote: > ...
⇧ Shift ⌘ Cmd U Highlight: ::...::
⇧ Shift ⌘ Cmd K Link: [...](url.com)
⌥ Opt ⌘ Cmd U Strikethrough: ~~...~~
⇧ Shift ⌘ Cmd J Code: `...`
⌥ Opt ⇧ Shift ⌘ Cmd J Code block: ```...```
⌘ Cmd ] Increase indent (2 spaces)
⌘ Cmd [ Decrease indent (2 spaces)

Things supports other Markdown features that have no keyboard shortcuts. For a complete list of supported syntax, see the Markdown Guide.




Create your own keyboard shortcuts

If you would like to create your own keyboard shortcuts for actions not listed here, you can do so in the System Preferences on your Mac. Please refer to Apple’s guidelines.