View to-dos from different lists at the same time on your Mac and iPad by opening multiple Things windows.

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, or when you want to drag & drop to-dos from one list to another. 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, see this page.


Depending on the iPadOS version on your device there are different ways to enter multitasking mode. See Apple’s documentation for more info.

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

On some iPad models you can also use Stage Manager to open up to four windows at a time. You must be running iPadOS 16 or later to use this feature.


While in any list, tap the button that appears in the top right corner of the window and choose Open in New Window.

If you’re using an external keyboard, you can also “right-click” a project or area and choose Open in New Window, or control your windows with a variety of keyboard shortcuts.

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.