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Task List Guru

CNET Editors' review

Dextronet's Task List Guru is a free tool for creating and managing personal task lists. It can also manage small projects, but it's not a project management tool designed to keep teams in touch; it's a personal organizer designed to keep your life on track by helping you organize and prioritize lists of tasks and keep track of notes and other reminders. Its approach is both familiar and unique, thanks to an Explorer-like tree view and handy icons for quick visual identification.

Task List Guru's installation wizard includes a seven-step quick-start guide that does a fine job of summarizing the program's methods and features. Task List Guru is based around the to-do list tree, a hierarchical tree view for organizing task icons. Selecting a Task on the to-do list tree opens it in the Task view in the upper half of the main window, with any associated Notes displayed in the lower half. We started with Task List Guru by creating, naming, and saving a new database for our lists and notes. The next step was to add to-do lists and tasks via the program's wizards, which let us set due dates, type, priority, and status as well as add Reminders and Notes. By default, the program saves new tasks to the open to-do list, which in our case was our default list. However, you can easily create as many to-do lists as you need and add tasks and notes to them just as easily. The Add To-Do List includes a wide selection of colorful tree icons, covering everything from blogging to banking, with several size options. We could customize lists, icons, and other program features and set hot eys, change fonts and colors, and configure how the program behaves in the options. Task List Guru can also save free-standing notes called Memos.

Personal organizers come in more flavors than gourmet jellybeans, or so it seems from the many different approaches they take to organizing what you tell them to, which in the end is all they're capable of doing. A tool that's fast, easy, and even fun to use, like Task List Guru, makes personal organization less of a chore.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great so far"

    July 16, 2013  |   By marialexus

    Version: Task List Guru 3.0565

    Pros

    Very easy to use, simple to add tasks and archive completed.

    Cons

    Haven't found any cons so far.

    Summary

    This is a very easy to use task reminder. I use it every day.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple and easy to use"

    February 13, 2013  |   By CatherinaC

    Version: Task List Guru 3.040

    Pros

    - simple look, simple fonctions -> easy to use
    - possibilities to organise tasks (e.g. alphabetically, by priority, type or due date)
    - many possibilities for priority (with different colours) and type
    - free

    Cons

    - one small minus for that you can't choose the starting date

    Summary

    I really like this software (and especially its simpleness) even if I prefer a little bit more some multifonctional task lists and calenders.

    Must try product!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "PERFECT TASK MANAGEMENT"

    September 29, 2012  |   By REDRUTHANN

    Version: Task List Guru 2.671

    Pros

    VERY CUSTOMIZIBLE!!, EASY TO USE!, GOOD INTERFACE, BETTER THAN OUTLOOK, SEPARATE PROGRAM - NO NEED TO OPEN BIGGER PROGRAMS JUST TO USE THE TASK MANAGER

    Cons

    SO FAR NONE

    Summary

    I just downloaded this software - about 20 min ago and I can't believe it - I actually found a great task management software!!!
    I don't usually write reviews right away, but this program is just great, I don't need to wait.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Tool for desktop"

    July 30, 2012  |   By prosimix

    Version: Task List Guru 2.631

    Pros

    I love the multiple lists, the shortcuts, and that it is set to go on at startup. Simple, free, and ad free. Exactly what I was looking for. No glitches or freezeups.

    Cons

    I wish it had a synced iPhone app.

    Summary

    Evernote and Task List Guru should merge and create the perfect desktop/iPhone product. If they could expand their icon options together that would be great as well.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent Task Management Software"

    June 15, 2012  |   By Philkwon

    Version: Task List Guru 2.631

    Pros

    I have been downloading a whole lot of software from download.cnet.com since the last decade. The experience I've made with Task List Guru compelled me to write my first review ever. The program can be used by mere intuition, it does what it promises to do and if you use it wisely, it is really going to boost most users' productivity. Additionally, I've personally found the developer's help for the free product exceptionally constructive and friendly -- I've got the answers I wanted very fast, and (trust me) I had a whole lot of questions! I believe that quality support is almost as important in choosing a PC program as the product itself. It really tempts you to purchase one of the feature-packed heavyweight upgrades.

    Cons

    The tree view is limited to 25 items and tasks cannot be batch-edited.

    Summary

    After extensive searching, I personally felt that this was precisely the productivity software I was looking for. But before you use Task List Guru with real day-to-day tasks, test its limits or download a time-limited trial version of the (paid) upgrade Swift To-Do List to determine whether this software meets your own expectations.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "by far the BEST task mgr ever! and it can go on USB!"

    January 17, 2012  |   By cyclops65

    Version: Task List Guru 2.337

    Pros

    The UI/layout of this app is just amazing. It has every feature I could want yet retains simplicity of form. That's a neat trick. And, it even can go to your USB stick! (just click on "File" then "Deploy to USB Flash Drive" and it installs it (w/all your lists) in a jiffy. I'm using this on usb instad of options offered by PortableApps.

    Cons

    None that come to mind ....

    Summary

    I'm so glad I found this. but it took a LOT of browsing to get to it. Cnet, why are you burying this wonderful app so deep in your catalog?? anyway, muchs thanks to both Cnet and the developer.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good with a couple of niggles"

    January 12, 2012  |   By BeholdTheLantern

    Version: Task List Guru 2.337

    Pros

    Fast and easy to use
    Unobtrusive interface
    Does what it needs to without overloading on features

    Cons

    No start date for tasks, which would have been useful. Can't expand folders to see all tasks in all archives at once. Means having to click to different archives, which is fine in principle but would be nice to see task names underneath without detail.

    Summary

    It's free! It works very well with only a couple of issues that most people might not even consider. It's light on features, which is a plus to me - I don't like programs trying to be all things to all people. Would recommend.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very good product which is simple to use."

    November 4, 2011  |   By fransdiana

    Version: Task List Guru 2.331

    Pros

    It keeps me focused through reminders I can set.

    Cons

    I did not find negatives so far!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very useful program. Great work."

    October 15, 2011  |   By vheeswijk

    Version: Task List Guru 2.331

    Pros

    Ample room for making notes attached to each task.
    Reordering of task made simple.

    Cons

    I did not found cons.

    Summary

    I have tried dozens of to-do apps in recent months and this is the best I have found. Highly recommended.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A fabulous task management app"

    September 29, 2011  |   By Shirls2009

    Version: Task List Guru 2.306

    Pros

    Versatile - the tree structure is very adaptable
    Fast
    Love the alarms
    Visually neat and pleasing - the icons make for easy identification
    It's free

    Cons

    I would like to be able to copy tasks to a different list as opposed to drag and drop.
    Would like to add custom icons.

    Summary

    I have tried dozens of to-do apps in recent months and this is the best I have found. Highly recommended.

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