Learn how to quickly view your to-dos by enabling Things’ widgets.

Widgets allow you to quickly view certain sets of to-dos, like your Today list or what you’ve planned for Tomorrow. They also allow you to save views that you’d otherwise would have to manually look up, like your Shopping list filtered by store, or all to-dos across Things tagged as high-priority.

You can add as many Things widgets as you want, intermingle them with widgets from other apps, and stack them on top of each other.

For information on how to set up Widgets on your device, see Apple’s guides for iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Extra large Up Next widget on iPad.
Stay on top of your schedule with the extra-large Up Next widget (top). See more to-dos at a glance with the double-wide List widget (bottom).
Different widget sizes and positions on iPhone.
Left: Two small widgets. Right: A medium-sized Today list widget.
Medium and small Things widgets in the Mac’s Notification Center showing different lis.
Medium and small Things widgets in the Mac’s Notification Center showing different lists.

There are two widgets which are exclusive to iPad: Up Next shows the to-dos for Today, Tomorrow, and the two days after that; the extra-large List widget shows a single list, but broken up into two columns so you can see more at a glance.

Customize widgets

No matter how many widgets you add, every Things widget can be configured individually so you can view different content in each:

  • Pick any of the default lists, like Today or Upcoming.
  • Any of your own projects or areas will also be available.
  • Or pick a Quick Find list, like Deadline or All Projects.
  • Inside of the list picker, select any tag to view all to-dos with that tag, no matter where these to-dos live in Things.
  • Combine a list selection with a tag filter. This way, you can instantly narrow your focus on what is most important, like Deadlines filtered by a work tag.
  • Need to see to-dos that have a set of two tags applied, like work and call? Set the first tag in the list picker, and filter by the second tag.

In addition to customizing the content of each widget, two more settings are available:

  1. Plus Button: You can hide the + button entirely, or adjust where it saves new to-dos. By default, they go to the Inbox and the button is blue. You can change this to the current list (which you see in the widget), and the button will turn grey. Simply edit the widget, and change the “Plus Button” setting.
  2. Appearance (iOS/iPadOS-only): The appearance of the widgets can be set independently of the Things main app, and the Light/Dark settings of your device. Go to ThingsSettingsAppearanceWidgets to adjust it.
Widget customization options and dark appearance.
Left: Choose where the + button saves to-dos. Right: If you have a black wallpaper, the Black theme blends right in.

If you would like to execute a more complex Things action, you can create a widget for Apple Shortcuts. You can either execute a Things action from it, embed Things in a more complex workflow, or even run a Things URL.

If you’re not yet familiar with Apple Shortcuts, please check out our support pages here and of course also Apple’s own documentation. To learn more about the Things URL scheme, go here.

Calendar events and Things’ widgets

Things doesn’t actually store your calendar data, so any changes to events would not appear in Things’ widget in a timely manner. For this reason, we do not display calendar events in the widgets.


Having trouble getting your Things widgets to work right? Before reaching out to support, please check all troubleshooting steps on this page.