Efficient To-Do List Free

Efficient To-Do List Free


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 7 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.55 Build 350
File Size:
9.15MB
Date Added:
August 30, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
28,630
Downloads Last Week:
76
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Some people can get by with writing notes to themselves on scraps of paper, but others need a way of keeping track of their to-do lists that offers a little more organization and structure. Efficient To-Do List Free is a simple, attractive way to stay on top of all of your tasks, from appointments and meetings to long-term projects.

The program's interface is attractive and well-designed, reminding us a lot of newer versions of Microsoft Outlook. It's easy to create new tasks, and users can specify start dates, due dates, priority levels, and recurrence. For tasks that are ongoing, users can mark the status (not started, in progress, and so on) and what percentage of the task is complete. You can minimize the program to the taskbar, keeping it out of the way but easily accessible; this way users can keep the program running and receive its reminders when a task is coming up. Although the program doesn't seem to have any features that would allow it to sync with other instances of itself or other to-do list utilities, users can export their tasks as either CSV or HTML files, making them somewhat portable. The built-in Help file is brief but adequate. Overall, Efficient To-Do List didn't totally knock our socks off, but we think it's a nice way to manage to-do lists without a lot of fuss.

Efficient To-Do List Free installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

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  • 2 stars

    "Limitations on the free version, misleading labelling"

    September 02, 2012   |   By kimada17

    Version: Efficient To-Do List Free 3.10 Build 323

    Pros

    Easy to understand and set up

    Cons

    No way to categorize to-dos and they don't sort right without dates

    Summary

    This isn't going to work for me because I can't categorize things. But the biggest problem I have is with the misleading way the program is described here. I was looking for a free program, not a "free to try," so I filtered the search results for that; this one showed up so I decided to try it. But when I started using it I discovered that a lot of what I wanted to do - like establish categories - was available only in a "Pro" version, which is accessible from this one *but isn't free.*

    Now I'm back looking for something else, but this time I forgot to filter for "free" and noticed the Pro version *listed separately* a couple of places down from the free one. I don't know who set this up, the developer or CNET, but these 2 versions should have been in one listing with the "price" field describing the difference, just like other listings. That would have made it easier for people to make an informed decision about whether to try this program. I probably wouldn't have. More wasted bandwidth...

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  • 4 stars

    "Great Way to Stay Organized"

    December 18, 2011   |   By khuff55

    Version: Efficient To-Do List Free 3.0 Build 316

    Pros

    I pinned it to my task bar at the bottom of the Windows 7 screen - don't even need it to start up when the computer powers on. Easy to use, and very satisfying

    Cons

    Maybe no bells and whistles, but what is a to-do list for? Crossing off items! And this software does just that - complete with cross-out for the items you've finished

    Summary

    If you are at your computer even for a little while each day, this is easy to use and worth the download.

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  • 2 stars

    "Very simple, no bells & whistles"

    December 17, 2011   |   By KeturahB

    Version: Efficient To-Do List Free 3.0 Build 316

    Pros

    Very simple

    Cons

    No bells & whistles

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  • 4 stars

    "Good program but much more than what I needed."

    December 12, 2011   |   By vlehr49

    Version: Efficient To-Do List Free 3.0 Build 315

    Pros

    Well put together and looks well finished.

    Cons

    Just not right for me. I guess I just needed a notepad type program.

    Summary

    Nicely done and I will use it some.

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  • 1 stars

    "Way too cumbersome. A spreadsheet is easier."

    December 10, 2011   |   By lwalle00

    Version: Efficient To-Do List Free 3.0 Build 315

    Pros

    I didn't see any.

    Cons

    Too much effort to get a single item entered.

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  • 4 stars

    "No-nonsense categorized list"

    December 10, 2011   |   By lincster2

    Version: Efficient To-Do List Free 3.0 Build 315

    Pros

    Great if you do not have many complex items that need to be categorized. The Pro version is better for this

    Cons

    None other than having less items that the Pro version

    Summary

    Simple, efficient - worth the price.

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  • 3 stars

    "Pretty neat little organization tool"

    June 29, 2010   |   By bobbyb007

    Version: Efficient To-Do List Free 1.63 build 88

    Pros

    Intuitive with ability to classify importance

    Cons

    Would like the ability to spoecify a specific date versus picking a certain number of days or hours.

    Summary

    It looks like the Pro (Pay) version has more bells and whistles but as is the freebie is actually very much like MS Office Outlook tasks.

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