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  1. Thanks BurgersNFries; I think thinking "ALL or ANY" helps. I got round the limitation of Q* getting all the tags beginning with Q by going for Q-1, Q-2 etc. So now query is -tag:Q-*. And this is working (though have now switched away from Q (quarters) to months and days of the week).
  2. Hi Jeff - you're right; I must have mistyped earlier - my apologies and thanks for your patience.
  3. Hi - thanks JBenson2 for the comprehensive reply. There is method in my madness - really! In fact, I have changed from Q1 etc to Months. I also found that the '+' at the beginning of a tag name produced the right result but seemed to duplicate the tag name. I have therefore use 't-' at the beginning of all time-based tags and this works perfectly. It is a GTD style approach but I don't like the concept of "Someday", "Next Week" because in my experience these are just buckets in which stuff gets left. Plus, what is 'Next Week' changes as time progresses. Therefore there is a tag for each day of the week and (as with 43 folders approach) this is a rolling week. Today is Tues so all tasks tagged Tuesday are for today. Tomorrow, tasks tagged Tuesday are for 6 days hence. In this way I can plan my week on a rolling basis. To find all the tasks for today, I just filter on the Tues tag. As tasks are added they can be tagged as appropriate - either for a day in the coming week or one of the months. I Know finance work with Week numbers, but I don't - plus, as you said, a tag for each week is a lot of tags - months is a compromise. At the beginning of each week (Monday for me), I would review any with this month's tags. This short range review helps me to keep in mind the big picture. Any tasks that can be completed in the coming week are then tagged with the specific day. Any tasks that don't get done on a day are retagged - mouse click and a drag; very quick. This may seem like a lot of tagging but as you point out, it is very easy to bulk tag. Once a task is complete it is moved out of the Actions stack (notebook for each focus area) into a Completed Notebook - so these tasks are archived but don't show up in queries of live actions. There are also tags groups for Who, Where and Importance. Plus, if I have a lot of tasks to complete in a day I can add an additional Priority tag - 1-4. Again, easy to bulk tag. Then untag at end of the day. I will share the full system here once I have finished it - any other suggestions welcomed.
  4. Hi - thanks for all your suggestions - sorry for the lack of clarity, but you did guess my intention. Q1 etc does stand for Quarter 1 etc and I want to find any notes that have not been tagged with a quarter. -tag:Q1 -tag:Q2 -tag:Q3 -tag:Q4 as suggested by Jeff, returns all the notes because it is an 'AND' query and no records are tagged with all of them. The only suggestion that works is -tag:Q* from JMichael. Unfortunately I was only giving part of my issue. I also have tags for week, month and day. My objective is to find any notes that do not have a time tag - so it means combining -tag:Q* with -tag:day, -tag:month, -tag:week. The result of the query should be - any records that do not have any of these tags. But I think JMichael may be right that combining terms in this way can't be done However, in this case I will just start all time tags with '+' - so I can can use JMichael's wildcard approach. Thanks all again. Paul
  5. I have tags - Q1,Q2,Q3 and Q4. I would like to find any notes that do not have at least one of these tags. I have tried: any: -tag:Q1 -tag:Q2 -tag:Q3 - tag:Q4 but this doesn't work. I have tried same with -any: at the beginning. I have tried tag:-Q1 tag:-Q2 tag:-Q3 tag:-Q4 and with any: at the beginning. Grateful for any help. thanks
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