I am creating a custom perspective with contexts in the sidebar (i.e. “Don’t use project hierarchy” setting). I understand all the settings except "Filter contexts”. The OF manual is of no help, but this is what I have deduced from the behaviour of the software:
Filter contexts: All Contexts
The sidebar shows all contexts.
Filter contexts: Remaining
The sidebar shows only contexts with status set to “Active” and “On Hold”. Contexts with “Dropped” status are not shown.
Filter contexts: Active
The sidebar shows only contexts with status set to “Active” AND containing at least one active item. Is this correct? I find it counterintuitive that the status of items is taken into consideration for showing the context in the sidebar. And apparently this means it is impossible to have the sidebar show all contexts with status set to “Active” regardless of if they contain active items or not.
Filter contexts: Stalled
This one, I have no idea. When I select it most of the contexts displayed in the sidebar are empty, as I would expect since this is similar to the definition of stalled projects. However, not all. Some of the contexts do have active items, which are part of active projects, so I can’t figure out what it is doing.
Filter contexts: On Hold
The sidebar shows only contexts with the status set to “On Hold”.
Filter contexts: Dropped
The sidebar shows only contexts with the status set to “Dropped”.
Finally, the “No Context” context appears in the sidebar for all, yes all of the above settings. It is impossible to get rid of it. So if you have an item sitting in your inbox, it appears in the Main Outline, right at the top of the list.
Can anyone clarify or correct what I written above?