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(Menu Bar > Tools Menu > Preferences > User Defined Tools)
This is the first step to create a new UDT. Enter the name that you want to appear on the Tools Menu.
Deletes the selected tool.
This allows you to run the selected tool using the currently selected task for data if the arguments require it. On clicking the button, a “Test Tool” window displays to tell you “Tool 'path\name.ext' will be run using the following commandline arguments: '-your args'. It will prompt “Do you want to continue?” with a 'Yes' or 'No' button. The arguments will be filled in with currently available data - you will be prompted if required for user data.
Allows you to import existing UDTs that are stored elsewhere in another Preferences file. This can be helpful if you work in a team or have backed up your Preferences and want to restore just the UDTs.
Click the folder icon to browse to the application, batch file, or script that you wish to run.
Note: If you are wanting to create a UDT that runs ToDoList itself you need only type in 'todolist.exe' without any path information and this will be understood to mean the path to the currently running instance.
This field allows you to pass additional information to your chosen tool via its command-line.
To allow you to pass information about the active tasklist and/or the currently selected task, the 'down-arrow' button to the right of the field will display a list of “placeholder” variables for data that ToDoList will substitute when you run the tool.
The following table contains all currently supported placeholders (which should always be in lower-case):
|ToDoList Pathname||$(todolist)||Full path to the ToDoList executable|
|Tasklist Pathname||$(pathname)||Full path to the active tasklist|
|Tasklist Folder||$(folder)||Full path to the folder containing the active task list|
|Tasklist File Title||$(filetitle)||The filename of the active tasklist without the extension|
|Tasklist Filename||$(filename)||The full filename of the active tasklist|
|Selected Task ID||$(seltid)||ID of the current selected task|
|Selected Task Title||$(selttitle)||Title of the current selected task|
|Selected Task External ID||$(seltextid)||External ID of the current selected task|
|Selected Task Comment||$(seltcomments)||Comments of the current selected task|
|Selected Task File Link||$(seltfile)||File Link of the current selected task|
|Selected Task Alloc By||$(seltallocby)||Name of the person who allocated the current selected task|
|Selected Task Alloc To||$(seltallocto)||Name of the person to whom the current selected task is allocated|
|Selected Task Custom Attribute||$(seltcustom, var_cust1)||Value of the custom attribute with an ID of 'var_cust1' for the current selected task|
|User Date||$(userdate, var_date1, “Date Prompt”, default_date)||(see 'User placeholders' below)|
|User Filepath||$(userfile, var_file1, “File Prompt”, default_path)||(see 'User placeholders' below)|
|User Folder||$(userfolder, var_folder1, “Folder Prompt”, default_folder)||(see 'User placeholders' below)|
|User Text||$(usertext, var_text1, “Text Prompt”, default_text)||(see 'User placeholders' below)|
|Today's Date||$(todaysdate)||Date in ISO format|
Placeholders prefixed by 'user' will result in the user (you) being prompted to enter information when the UDT is executed. This is useful where the information is not known in advance or it frequently changes. User placeholders typically take 3 additional arguments:
Click the folder icon to specify a unique image to identify each UDT. The icon can be an image file of these types: .ico, .bmp, .png, .jpg. If the path is set to an executable program, the primary icon from that program will be used.
Runs the tool as a minimised task. Useful for running batch files.