Is there a quick way to add a new context?


Been a user of OmniFocus for a few years now, but I’ve always found it fairly cumbersome when adding a new context.

My context setup is generally split into two core branches:

  • Personal
  • Work
    • Tasks
    • Reminders

Within the Tasks context I have various sub-contexts, such as:

  • Phone
  • Email
  • Meetings
  • Delegate

In a nutshell - a lot of contexts are nested within one another.

To use one example - the nature of my work means that I am always working with new people, and so the people who I ‘delegate’ to change often.

So my issue is that when I want to create a new context for a particular delegate, it can take a while. Particularly if using the iOS app. I have to type:

Work : Tasks : Delegate : @[Name]

Is there a quicker way that I am missing to automatically populate the previous folders when adding the context in the Task view? E.g. just type “Delegate:@[Name]” and have that intelligently add this into the Work : Tasks branch? Or I pre-select the context branch and enter the new context within it?

Thanks in advance,


I haven’t found a quick way as of yet. I agree that it is cumbersome. Especially adding new projects to certain hierarchies.