Tip: Create a Google Tasks shortcut for Desktop use easily

Google has a nice feature in addition to Gmail and Google Calendar – Google Tasks. It was totally unknown for me until I realised, I was using Windows Notes to mark my tasks on my desktop and deleted each line when task was finished. No history, no due dates options etc. So I checked out Google Tasks.

I really love the simple interface and “old feel” about it. Tasks don’t need bells and whistles. Also it is nicely integrated with Gmail so I can easily create a new task from every e-mail.

The easiest way to access all your tasks in the morning you sit at your computer is to create a shortcut icon on your Desktop.

To create a Google Tasks shortcut icon, go like this:

Create a new Shortcut on Windows Desktop
Create a new Shortcut on Windows Desktop

Right click on Desktop, select New -> Shortcut

The location of the item copy-paste this line:

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” –app=https://mail.google.com/tasks/canvas?pli=1

Google Tasks desktop shortcut creation
Google Tasks desktop shortcut creation

 

Then name the shortcut anything you like on the next screen and voila! You have a personal quick access to your Google Tasks on your desktop.

Google Tasks Desktop shortcut icon
Google Tasks Desktop shortcut icon

 

Run it and resize the window to match your desired dimensions.

The view of Google Tasks desktop window
The view of Google Tasks desktop window

 

Turns out you can use Google Tasks in a simplified Desktop version too. Just type:

https://mail.google.com/tasks/ig

IN your Chrome new window and resize the window to match your screen space.

 

With this new Google Tasks icon in place, the only thing left to do is to start it every morning as the first thing or set it as a Startup item to make it run automatically when you log in.

 

Enjoy being productive!

Post Author: Tom Pai