Using Multiple Things Windows

Things allows you to have a bird’s eye view of your to-dos by viewing different lists at the same time on your Mac and iPad.

Open multiple Things windows

There are occasions when you will need to see more than one list at once, for example during your weekly review when you want to keep your review checklist visible and at the same time work your way through your lists. Here’s how to do this:


Open Today in a new window

  • Click the button in the upper right corner.
  • Press ⌘ Cmd + Ctrl + N

Open the current list in a new window

  • Hold down ⌥ Opt, then click the upper right corner button.

Open a to-do’s project or area in a new window

When you see a to-do in any of the default lists, like Today, you can open a new window showing the parent project or area of that to-do.

  • Right-click on a to-do and hold down ⌥ Opt before clicking Show in Project

If you want to switch to a completely different list in any of the Things windows, just start typing the name of the list, area, project, or heading you want to see.

If you’d like to learn how to control open windows from your keyboard, or open linked to-dos or search results in a separate window, check out our extensive keyboard shortcut documentation.

  1. On your iPad, open Things.
  2. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to reveal the Dock.
  3. Tap and hold on the Things icon in the Dock, drag it to the right or left side of the screen, and drop it there.

You can find more information on Apple’s Multitasking feature on their support page.

If you’re using your iPad with an external keyboard, you can of course also make use of our keyboard shortcuts to open and control Things’ windows.

Every Things window can, of course, show a different list and you can drag and drop to-dos between each window.

Hide the Sidebar & navigate in Slim Mode

Once you have two or more Things windows open, you will most likely want to hide the sidebar to give your to-dos the most room. When the sidebar isn’t visible, you can still navigate easily around the app – jumping to any list, heading, or to-do. Check out the related articles below to learn more.

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