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To-Do List

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Your To-Do List is a chronological list of items waiting for your input. The items are known as to-do items.

You can use the To-Do List to track actions related to:

Access the To-Do List

To access your To-Do List:

On the left sidebar, at the top, select To-Do list ({task-done}).

Search the To-Do List

You can search your To-Do List by to do and done.

You can filter to-do items per project, author, type, and action. Also, you can sort them by Label priority, Last created, and Oldest created.

Actions that create to-do items

Many to-do items are created automatically. Some of the actions that add a to-do item to your To-Do List:

  • An issue or merge request is assigned to you.
  • A merge request review is requested.
  • You're mentioned in the description or comment of an issue, merge request, or epic.
  • You're mentioned in a comment on a commit or design.
  • The CI/CD pipeline for your merge request fails.
  • An open merge request cannot be merged due to conflict, and one of the following is true:
    • You're the author.
    • You're the user that set the merge request to automatically merge after a pipeline succeeds.
  • In GitLab 13.2 and later, a merge request is removed from a merge train, and you're the user that added it.
  • In GitLab 15.8 and later, a member access request is raised for a group or project you're an owner of.

When several actions occur for the same user on the same object, GitLab displays the first action as a single to-do item. To change this behavior, enable multiple to-do items per object.

To-do items aren't affected by GitLab notification email settings.

Multiple to-do items per object

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FLAG: On self-managed GitLab, by default this feature is not available. To make it available per user, an administrator can enable the feature flag named multiple_todos. On, this feature is available. The feature is not ready for production use.

When you enable this feature:

  • Every time you're mentioned, GitLab creates a new to-do item for you.
  • Other actions that create to-do items create one to-do item per action type on the issue, MR, and so on.

Create a to-do item

  • Introduced in objectives, key results, and tasks in GitLab 16.0.

You can manually add an item to your To-Do List.

  1. Go to your:

  2. In the upper-right corner, select Add a to do ({todo-add}).

Create a to-do item by mentioning someone

You can create a to-do item by mentioning someone anywhere except for a code block. Mentioning a user many times in one message only creates one to-do item.

For example, from the following comment, everyone except frank gets a to-do item created for them:

@alice What do you think? cc: @bob

- @carol can you please have a look?

> @dan what do you think?

Hey @erin, this is what they said:

Hi, please message @frank :incoming_envelope:

Actions that mark a to-do item as done

Various actions on the to-do item object (like issue, merge request, or epic) mark its corresponding to-do item as done.

To-do items are marked as done if you:

  • Add an emoji reaction to the description or comment.
  • Add or remove a label.
  • Change the assignee.
  • Change the milestone.
  • Close the to-do item's object.
  • Create a comment.
  • Edit the description.
  • Resolve a design discussion thread.
  • Accept or deny a project or group membership request.

To-do items are not marked as done if you:

If someone else closes, merges, or takes action on an issue, merge request, or epic, your to-do item remains pending.

Mark a to-do item as done

You can manually mark a to-do item as done.

There are two ways to do this:

  • In the To-Do List, to the right of the to-do item, select Mark as done ({check}).
  • In the upper-right corner of the resource (for example, issue or merge request), select Mark as done ({todo-done}).

Mark all to-do items as done

You can mark all your to-do items as done at the same time.

In the To-Do List, in the upper-right corner, select Mark all as done.

How a user's To-Do List is affected when their access changes

For security reasons, GitLab deletes to-do items when a user no longer has access to a related resource. For example, if the user no longer has access to an issue, merge request, epic, project, or group, GitLab deletes the related to-do items.

This process occurs in the hour after their access changes. Deletion is delayed to prevent data loss, in case the user's access was accidentally revoked.