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 ======Task Attribute Editing====== ======Task Attribute Editing======
-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|Fields]] page will document ​all available fields.+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 ​task attributes or columns) that you will commonly use. The [[task-attributes|Task Attributes]] page documents ​all available fields.
  
   * **Title**: This is simply the name of the task. When a new task is created the Title is entered. This can be changed at any time. The task appears on the left side of the grid.   * **Title**: This is simply the name of the task. When a new task is created the Title is entered. This can be changed at any time. The task appears on the left side of the grid.
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   * **Last Mod Date/​Time**:​ Automatically updated whenever the task is changed.   * **Last Mod Date/​Time**:​ Automatically updated whenever the task is changed.
  
-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.+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. Almost all other fields are modified with the edit controls outside of the grid. (Icons are an exception.) 
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 +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.\\  
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 +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 [[task-attribute-visibility|Task Attribute Visibility]].
  
-{{images:​screenshots:​atbvis0.png}}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. 
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- 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|AttributeVisibility]]. 
 {{images:​screenshots:​atbvis1.png}} {{images:​screenshots:​atbvis1.png}}
  
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 Each field has a type. Each field has a type.
-  * Date fields can be changed with a calendar drop-down. ​  +---- 
-{{images:​screenshots:​startcal1.png}} +{{images:​screenshots:​startcal1.png }}Date fields can be changed with a calendar drop-down. 
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- +{{images:​screenshots:​est1.png }}The **Time Estimate** field has a numeric value and units. A valid time estimate might be 3 hours or 4 days. 
-  * The **Time Estimate** field has a numeric value and units. A valid time estimate might be 3 hours or 4 days. +---- 
-{{images:​screenshots:​est1.png}} +{{images:​screenshots:​prio1.png }}The **Priority** value is edited as a drop-down list. For this control, custom values are not allowed - this is a Static Droplist. 
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- +{{images:​screenshots:​status_dd1.png }} The **Status** field is also selected from a drop-down list. The values are user-configurable in Preferences - this is a Dynamic Droplist. With those values is an option to allow entering a new status value from the task editing area. (_Prior to v7 the value was always editable but that was fixed in v7._) In other words, you don't need to go to Preferences to create a new status value, but if you want  a status value to be available in other tastlists, then the value should be set in Preferences. 
-  * The **Priority** value is edited as a drop-down list. For this control, custom values are not allowed - this is a Static Droplist. +---- 
-{{images:​screenshots:​prio1.png}} +The **Recurrence** field is very complex. ​ A special form displays for setting the many values for this one field. An entire page will be dedicated to [[recurrence|Recurrence]].
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-  * {{images:​screenshots:​status_dd1.png}} The **Status** field is also selected from a drop-down list. The values are user-configurable in Preferences - this is a Dynamic Droplist. With those values is an option to allow entering a new status value from the task editing area. (_Prior to v7 the value was always editable but that was fixed in v7._) In other words, you don't need to go to Preferences to create a new status value, but if you want  a status value to be available in other tastlists, then the value should be set in Preferences. +
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-  * The **Recurrence** field is very complex. ​ A special form displays for setting the many values for this one field. An entire page will be dedicated to [[recurrence|Recurrence]].+
  
 {{images:​screenshots:​recur1.png}} {{images:​screenshots:​recur1.png}}
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- +The **Cost** field allows a numeric monetary value to be applied to each task. (There is no currency type specified here like Euros or Dollars.) 
-  * The **Cost** field allows a numeric monetary value to be applied to each task. (There is no currency type specified here like Euros or Dollars.) +---- 
-  ​* ​Files can be linked to each task. The File Link field allows for selection of a file, and files are then displayed in a dropdown list. (_Prior to v7 only a single file could be set._) +Files can be linked to each task. The File Link field allows for selection of a file, and files are then displayed in a dropdown list. (_Prior to v7 only a single file could be set._) 
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- +The **Comments** field is a large area, separate from the block  of Edit Fields. There is a drop down list here to allow selection of Simple Text comments, or to allow notes to be written in a Rich Text format. A page will be dedicated to [[comments|Comments]].
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-  * The **Comments** field is a large area, separate from the block  of Edit Fields. There is a drop down list here to allow selection of Simple Text comments, or to allow notes to be written in a Rich Text format. A page will be dedicated to [[comments|Comments]].+
 {{images:​screenshots:​comment1.png}} {{images:​screenshots:​comment1.png}}
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- +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|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.
-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 [[attributevisibility|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. +
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