Using Headings in Projects

Last Updated: May 18, 2017 05:24PM CEST

Headings help you get complex projects under control by breaking them down into smaller parts.

Sometimes a project can get quite complicated, with dozens of to-dos in one long list. With Headings, you can break that list up into smaller parts: categories, milestones, or whatever you need.

Create a new heading

Mac
  1. On your Mac, open Things.
  2. In the sidebar, click one of your Projects.
  3. In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click File > New Heading.

You can now drag and drop some to-dos under the new heading.

iPad
  1. On your iPad, open Things.
  2. In the sidebar, tap one of your Projects.
  3. At the top of your screen, tap v > New Heading.

You can now tap and hold a to-do and drag it under the new heading.

You can also insert a new heading at an arbitrary place in the list by dragging the along the left edge of your screen.

iPhone
  1. On your iPhone, open Things.
  2. In the main view, tap one of your Projects.
  3. At the top of your screen, tap v > New Heading.

You can now tap and hold a to-do and drag it under the new heading.

You can also insert a new heading at an arbitrary place in the list by dragging the along the left edge of your screen.

Create a heading with a group of to-dos

You can also create a heading that automatically includes a selection of to-dos:

Mac
  1. On your Mac, open Things.
  2. In the sidebar, click one of your Projects.
  3. Select a group of to-dos that aren’t under a heading yet.
  4. In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click File.
  5. On your keyboard, hold down ⌥ Opt to reveal extra options in the menu.
  6. Click New Heading with Selection.

The to-dos you’ve selected will move under the new heading.

iPad

This feature is only available on the Mac.

iPhone

This feature is only available on the Mac.

Target a heading while moving to-dos

When moving to-dos into your project from other lists, you can file them straight under one of your headings:

Mac
  1. On your Mac, open Things.
  2. Select the to-dos you want to move.
  3. Press ⌘ Cmd + ⇧ Shift + M to bring up the Move popover.
  4. Start typing the name of a heading and select its project from the search results.

It’s worth noting that this feature works in Quick Entry as well, so you can send new to-dos to headings as soon as you create them.

iPad
  1. On your iPad, open Things.
  2. Swipe left on a to-do to select it.
  3. Tap Move.
  4. Pull down to reveal Search.
  5. Start typing the name of a heading and tap its project from the search results.
iPhone
  1. On your iPhone, open Things.
  2. Swipe left on a to-do to select it.
  3. Tap Move.
  4. Pull down to reveal Search.
  5. Start typing the name of a heading and tap its project from the search results.

Move a heading

When you move a heading, any to-dos under it will be moved as well. There are several ways to move a heading:

Mac
  • Drag it to another place in the list.
  • Drag it to a project in another window.
  • Next to the heading, click > Move.
iPad
  • Tap and hold the heading and drag it to another place in the list.
  • Next to the heading, tap > Move to move it to another project.
iPhone
  • Tap and hold the heading and drag it to another place in the list.
  • Next to the heading, tap > Move to move it to another project.

Archive a heading when you’re done

If you’ve completed all the to-dos under a heading and you don’t need it anymore, you can archive it to keep your list tidy.

Mac

Next to the heading, click > Archive.

The heading will move to your Logbook for future reference.

iPad

Next to the heading, tap > Archive.

The heading will move to your Logbook for future reference.

iPhone

Next to the heading, tap > Archive.

The heading will move to your Logbook for future reference.



 

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