Quick Add

The Quick Add syntax allows you to create new tasks with a minimal amount of clicks, whether you are typing a description, entering tasks via email, instant message, the bookmarklet or the quick add window.

Quick Add Syntax

Use the following syntax to set specific options when creating a new task:

on date @ time

  • shopping on friday
  • shopping may 28 @ 3pm
  • shopping fri at 3pm
  • shopping 5/28
  • shopping tomorrow
  • shopping today
NOTE: If you do not specify a year when typing the date GQueues will find the first instance of that date that occurs after today. To have the quick add parser ignore a weekday word put it in quotes (ie. prepare "Sunday" dinner).

in X days/weeks

  • shopping in 3 days
  • shopping 2 weeks

[queue name]

  • shopping [to do]
  • shopping on fri [To Do]
NOTE: Queue names are not case-sensitive (you can type with capital letters or not). However, all queues in your account should have unique names to guarantee tasks created with this syntax go to the right queue.

If a queue with the name specified does not exist, GQueues will create a new queue and place it in your first category. If GQueues is currently open you will need to refresh the page to see the new queue.


  • shopping #bestBuy
  • shopping #Lowes #errands
NOTE: Only single word tags can be used (tags with spaces are not recognized)

^reminderMinutes reminderType

  • shopping friday ^15 email
  • shopping @ 3pm ^30 sms
  • shopping sunday ^5 popup
NOTE: A task must have a date or time in order to set a reminder.

The Android App also supports these formats to simplify voice input:
  • shopping friday email reminder 15 minutes
  • shopping at 3pm sms reminder 30 minutes
  • shopping sunday popup reminder 5 minutes

+emailAddress to assign a task

  • shopping +john@example.com
  • shopping +mark@example.com +sue@example.com

- subtask

  • - dvd player
  • -bills
  • --rent
  • --credit card
NOTE: This can only be used in the Quick Add Window. Each dash indicates an additional subtask level.

~ description to disable quick add syntax for this task

  • ~ write minutes for Aug 3rd meeting

Quick Add Window

The Quick Add Window allows you to enter multiple tasks at once, which makes it easy to import tasks from elsewhere or create a set of tasks from a text template.

To open the window just click the Quick Add button or type q.

Choose a queue from the dropdown where the new tasks should be created. (If you specify a queue in a task description it will override this setting for that task). Enter one task per line using any of the quick add syntax, and type shift-enter to get a new line.

Here's an example where all tasks will be created in the To Do queue:

Which creates these tasks:

Here's an example where tasks are created in a variety of queues:

Which creates these tasks:

Set Insert Location

For tasks created via email, instant message, the bookmarklet or the quick add window you can choose whether tasks are inserted at the top or bottom of a queue.

Go to the Queue tab of Settings to set the location.

This setting also affects where new tasks are created when you click the Add Task button. Holding down the shift key while clicking the button will insert a task in the opposite location.