Using Quick Find

Learn how to use Quick Find to quickly switch lists, find to-dos, and search for tags.

Quick Find is a brilliant feature that combines navigation and search into a single function. Here’s how to use it.

Search with Quick Find

It’s never been easier to do a search in Things, no matter where you are in the apps.

Mac
  1. On your Mac, open Things.
  2. Start typing to initiate a search.

Alternatively, you can invoke a search with ⌘ Cmd+F

iPad

On your iPad, you can access Quick Find from anywhere inside the app:

  1. On your iPad, open Things.
  2. Pull down in any list to reveal Quick Find.
  3. Start typing to initiate a search.

If you have a hardware keyboard attached to your iPad, you can also invoke a search with ⌘ Cmd+F, or you can simply start typing what you’re looking for to activate Quick Find and see results instantly:

  1. On your iPad, open Things.
  2. Start typing to initiate a search.
iPhone

On your iPhone, you can access Quick Find from anywhere inside the app:

  1. On your iPhone, open Things.
  2. Pull down in any list to reveal Quick Find.
  3. Start typing to initiate a search.

When you initiate a search, you will immediately see suggestions based on what you have typed so far. The icons in front of the search results will indicate whether the match is a regular to-do, repeating to-do, project, heading, area, or tag.

Search across Things’ entire content

By default, Quick Find will only look at the titles of to-dos, projects, and areas, as well as tags. This enables us to quickly present you with results that’ll most likely include what you’re looking for.

To extend the search to your notes, checklists, and items in the Logbook, hit Continue Search at the bottom of the Quick Find results.

Reveal Special Quick Find lists

In addition to the default lists you can see in the sidebar, Things also has lists that can be revealed through Quick Find. To get to these lists, simply start typing their name and then select them from the suggestions:

  • Tomorrow – all your to-dos scheduled for the next day.
  • Deadlines – all to-dos with a deadline across the entire app.
  • Repeating – all repeating templates.
  • Projects – all active and inactive projects.
  • Logged Projects – all completed projects in the Logbook.

At this time, these lists can’t be pinned to the sidebar/main lists view. This is on our list of feature requests.

Navigate with Quick Find

If you like to use Things mainly from your keyboard, or don’t want to swipe back and forth on iOS, switching lists is as easy as typing the name of a list – no matter if it’s any of the default lists, or a project or area that you’ve created yourself.

Switching to a list works the same as initiating a search, but instead of typing a search term, you type the name of your destination. Here are some examples of how you can use it:

  • ”tod” = Today
  • ”upc” = Upcoming
  • ”finan” = Finances if you have an area for your finances
  • ”rome” = Vacation in Rome if you plan on visiting this city



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