Todo Helps You to Keep on Track in Windows 8

Any tool that aims to help to you to keep track of things you need to get done has to walk a fine line between offering the options needed to be flexible and versatile, but be simple enough to remain easy to use and uncluttered in appearance.

Todo is an aptly named app for Windows 8 that enables you to work in full screen mode for data entry or browsing tasks, but also includes a neat snapped  mode that enables you to keep your todo list on display at all times.

Tasks and Todos

Fire up the app for the first time and you’ll find that you have some sample data to work with. This helps to give you an idea of how the software works and enables you to get a feel for how it works.

Todo looks almost like an iOS app with its understated, minimalist beauty.

Todo looks almost like an iOS app with its understated, minimalist beauty.

To make your tasks easier to manage, they can be organized into list. This is a simple touch, but it gives an early indication of the attention to detail the developers have put into the apps.              Just right click on an empty section of the interface and you can select the option to create a new list at the bottom of the screen.

However short or lengthy your todo list, it can be better organized by making use of categorizing lists.

However short or lengthy your todo list, it can be better organized by making use of categorizing lists.

The lists you create can be dragged into whatever order you like, so you can keep your most pressing lists towards the top, but you can also opt for the traditional alphabetical option.

Creating Tasks

The process of creating tasks is very simple – select the list you want to work in and click the Add Task button to the right. You can then use a drop down menu to indicate when the task is due as well as deciding whether it should be a one-time event or not.

If you opt to create a repeating event, such as a reminder to pay the phone bill each month or buy pasta every couple of weeks, you can choose the repeating frequently. When such items are ticked off as completed, they’ll be automatically re-added the at appropriate point in the future.

Todo could teach other apps a great deal when it comes to keeping things simple.

Todo could teach other apps a great deal when it comes to keeping things simple.

Of course, there is the option of adding a reminder so you can minimize the risk of not spotting an urgent task until the last minute. Unfortunately, it’s only possible to assign a single reminder to each task – it would be good to be able to configure an alarm a week ahead of an appointment as well as the day before.

Notes can be added to tasks if you want to store additional details outside of the title and the creation of multiple tasks is sped up thanks to the Next button which enables you to save the current tasks and create another one.

Managing Your Tasks

Whether you are trying to manage a major business project or you’re working on something smaller in the home there are times when lists just do not cut it. This is where sub-tasks prove very useful.

Sub-tasks make it possible to break down large projects into something more manageable.

Sub-tasks make it possible to break down large projects into something more manageable.

When you’ve created a task, you can then select it can create a sub-task beneath it. As you would expect, tasks and sub-tasks can be ticked off separately, so you can mark different parts of a project as a complete as you go along, or in one fell swoop.

Just as with lists, your tasks can be manually ordered by dragging and dropping them into position, or you can choose between using the due date or title for sorting.

Viewing Options

There are numerous options for you to choose from when it comes to viewing the task lists you need to keep on top of. Any tasks you create can be added to the Todo live tile which will scrolling through any tasks you have earmarked in this way.

Add tasks to live tiles so you can see them on the Start screen before you reach the desktop.

Add tasks to live tiles so you can see them on the Start screen before you reach the desktop.

Of course, there’s also the main full screen mode in which you can use the app but there’s also the very handy snapped mode.

This enables to your pin your todo list to the side of the screen so it’s visible while you get on with other things. It also has the added bonus of enabling you to easily add new tasks without the need to break off from what you’re doing and launch the app separately.

Snap Todo to the edge of your screen so it’s always there when you need it.

Snap Todo to the edge of your screen so it’s always there when you need it.

In Conclusion

There are certainly more advanced and feature-rich todo list and project managers available, but these are not the apps that Todo is trying to compete with.

It’s a shame to find that there is no way to import or export data, so if you are currently using another app or online service to manage projects, you’re going to have to enter everything from scratch.

Online accessibility would also be a great addition, but at its heart Todo is a simple offline task manager that does almost everything you could ask of it.


Summary

A user-friendly task management tool that keeps your todo list to hand whenever you need it.

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