How to enable or disable smart date recognition?

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Smart date recognition while enabled automatically parses dates written in natural language as a part of the task name. Once a date is detected, it will be highlighted. If you prefer not to have any highlighted term processed, you can press the Esc or Backspace key, or in the case of mobile apps you can tap on the highlighted term to cancel the parsing of it.

You can also disable the feature altogether.

Web, OS X, Windows (Legacy)

  1. Open the Todoist app.
  2. At the top right, click the gear icon and select Todoist Settings.
  3. Open the General tab.
  4. In the drop-down menu, choose Yes, I want to use smart date recognition or No, thanks.

Windows 10

  1. Open the Todoist app.
  2. At the upper-right corner, click the Settings (gear) icon.
  3. Go to the Intelligent Input section.
  4. Switch the Detect dates in tasks automatically option to ON or OFF.


  1. Open the Todoist app.
  2. At the top left, tap the menu icon.
  3. At the bottom left, tap Settings > General.
  4. Check or uncheck the box next to Smart date recognition.


  1. Open the Todoist app.
  2. At the top right, tap the gear icon.
  3. Go to General.
  4. Tap Smart Date Recognition Settings.
  5. Switch the Smart date recognition option to ON or OFF.
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