Viewing Google tasks in a browser

Google Tasks allows you to keep track of what you need to do. It’s a fairly basic task manager but because it is fully integrated into Gmail and your Google calendar can be a very useful application to use.

However, the problem can be finding it!

  • google-tasks-gmailOption 1 – In gmail, click on the downward arrow next to the ‘Mail’ link in the top left of your screen. In the dropdown menu you will have 3 options, Mail, Contacts and Tasks. Clicking on ‘Tasks’ will popup a small window in the bottom right of your browser. You can pop it out of Gmail by clicking the arrow in the top-right corner of the Tasks box. This will create a separate window for Tasks, functioning more like a freestanding app than a module in your mail tab.
  • Option 2 – In your google calander, under ‘My Calendars’, click on ‘Tasks’ and your task list will popup in the right hand column.
  • Option 3 – Now none of the options above produce a very ‘pretty’ task list. But Google has hidden away a number of options mainly dedicated to the mobile public, but which we can access through a standard desktop browser:

Notes:

  • Remember in all modern desktop web browsers you can drag out one of the tabs so that you can then have your Google tasks displayed on a separate part of the screen.

3 Responses to “Viewing Google tasks in a browser”

  1. Nicolette Says:
    October 8th, 2013 at 2:50 am

    (See your note below)
    I can’t say THANK YOU !!!!! enough. With the impending doom if iGoogle (I really only used the task part of it anyway but loved to be able to update on line and not in the pesky little plebian little task list as provided in Google’s email version. I just found this !!!!!!! Woot !
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    Many thanks to you for being so inventive! = )
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    ◦My personal favourite is the canvas view. It shows you all your task lists in the left hand pane as well as having buttons which allows you to create sub-tasks and the like. Point your browser to mail.google.com/tasks/canvas.

  2. Simon Says:
    October 16th, 2013 at 4:59 am

    Glad you found it useful and thanks for commenting.

    Not long now before iGoogle closes down – 1st November is shut off time.

  3. Jordan Says:
    December 13th, 2013 at 3:46 am

    Thank you! I stopped using the task feature due to its limitations a long time ago. Thought I would take another look at it today and, while better than it was, it was not going to cut it until my Google search turned up your blog and I saw the /canvas browser view. Perfect for my needs. Thanks for the post, very helpful to me!!!

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