Free Desktop To-Do List is Easy to Use

If you are like me and think deskop to-do programs have become way too complicated then you should check out this freebie. It has the important features you need to create basic to-do lists including timed reminders yet remains easy to use. And it looks pretty good - sort of like formatted Post-it notes on your desktop.

To-do Desklist also allows you enter task priorities and sort tasks by date due or priority. Best of all, tasks are visible on the desktop where you easily see them.  For anyone like me who has very basic to-do list needs, it is near ideal. Those who want to set up complex hierarchical to-do lists will need to look elsewhere.  Windows XP, Vista. 1.3MB

To-Do DeskList

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by dynamite00401 on 16. June 2013 - 21:39  (108563)

Sync v2.0 released 15-04-2013

by crombierob on 27. April 2013 - 12:12  (107356)

You said -
"Those who want to set up complex hierarchical to-do lists will need to look elsewhere"

I say -
You do not have to look far elsewhere, you can look in their web site for Swift To-Do List Lite (free).
It is a bit hidden away, so here is the link -
When you download the free version, there is a little popup asking if you would like to receive the 30 day course. (I recommend that you get the course)

Here is a comparison with their other versions -

by Max West (not verified) on 17. January 2012 - 9:44  (87298)

If you dont care about due dates and would like to be able to add subtasks, then take a look at TodoPlus (, which is a freeware desktop task manager for both Windows and Mac. It is very easy to use. 5 cows from Tucows.

by Jiri Novotny (not verified) on 9. December 2011 - 11:23  (84693)

Also checkout the freeware Task List Guru - it is much better for handling larger number of tasks (eg. over 5), and supports notes and reminders as well:

by Pauldw (not verified) on 19. October 2011 - 10:25  (81694)

none of these seem to do recurring tasks. Also worth mentioning:

by Anonymouse (not verified) on 23. February 2011 - 9:47  (66959)

Looks useful. I'm a big fan of having calendars and to do lists on the desktop. You wouldn't hide a paper calendar or to do list away inside a folder inside a draw, so why do that with a digital version?

I would look at Rainlendar also..

by Jiri Novotny (not verified) on 22. February 2011 - 17:27  (66932)

FYI, the new To-Do DeskList 1.61 allows you to sync your to-do list between computers, and also to share your to-do lists with others.

by Anonymous on 31. August 2009 - 18:24  (31950)

The BEST desktop to do list reminder is getscattrbrain - - the simplest and fastest, it sits on your desktop and you just add a reminder/task in the box. It puts your stuff in any order you want. Just a click deletes each one as completed and type a new line for your next one. No clicking around - just appears on desktop right in front of your face so no forgetting.

by Anonymous1 (not verified) on 7. July 2011 - 7:59  (74912)

it takes away half screen at small size setting too, not a good idea for space utilization

by peter on 28. November 2008 - 11:44  (11150)

A link would be nice:

Lovin' the "tooltip"!

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