Filters reduce visual overload by hiding things. The screen becomes simpler and you can focus on your tasks at hand.
There are a few filters at your disposal:
|•||The tag bar at the bottom will filter by the selected tag. More about this on the Tag topic.|
|•||The state filter is set to Active Actions by default. That means you will only see Next Actions or Actions, i.e. actions which are active. Changing this filter is a quick way to narrow your focus to more or less important actions.|
|•||The heading filter allows you to focus only on items under a given heading. This lets you hide everything that isn't part of a project, for example. To use this, click on the arrow on the far right of a heading. All other headings and actions should then be hidden. Click again to show them.|
|•||The date filter will restrict the view to actions that occur in the near future.|
Note that each filter works partly independently, so you can filter using different combinations.
|•||Set the state filter to Next Action and select the All tag - this shows you next actions across all headings/projects.|
|•||Focus on a heading, and then select a tag on the tagbar to see only actions in the heading with the selected tag.|
|•||Click the show empty headings filter, which will toggle the view of headings with no currently visible actions.|
Fairly important - the tags visible on the bottom of the window will also be filtered. So focusing on a heading will only show tags for actions in that heading. Similarly, selecting a tag will filter out the headings. Sounds complicated, but all it means is that some filters affect other filters and this cleans up the view.
* Tip: after setting the state or tag on any action, use the <F5> key to filter the current view.
Play with it and test out various combinations - you'll soon have favourite views you'll like using!