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ToDoList has a number of built-in fields for every task. The following is not a complete list nor an indepth look at each field. The intent here is to provide an introduction to the kinds of fields (also called attributes or columns) that you will commonly use. The Fields page will document all available fields.
As you select each task (a row in the grid) the Edit Field area of the main window will change to display fields in editable controls. The task Title is the only field which can be changed in the grid. All other fields are modified with the edit controls outside of the grid.
You can change the fields that you see in the grid and in the edit area by right-clicking the column-header, and selecting Task Attribute Visibility. <pre></pre> In the editor which gets displayed you will find that you can display a field in the grid and not have it editable, and you can have a field that is editable without the data showing in the grid. For details on this, see AttributeVisibility.
The fields that you select can be set as the default for all tasklists, or just for the currently selected list. For example, a list of things to do around the house might not have a cost or estimated time, but lists you maintain for your clients might.
Each field has a type.
In summary: All of these fields and more apply to each task. You can decide which fields you want to see, and which ones can be edited. For some you can set the available values through Preferences, others are fixed. You are encouraged to open the Task Attribute Visibility selector to see what fields are available. Try using the fields in a test tasklist to see how they work. Decide for yourself which fields apply to your efforts, and try setting some fields for use in specific lists while not in others.