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If you're managing a household, or you just have a lot of responsibilities to keep track of regularly, a to-do list can be a lifesaver. It helps you figure out how to prioritize your tasks and budget your time, you can add notes to remind you of relevant details, and the improved overall organization can reduce stress and anxiety.

But what if you need to manage multiple lists? That by itself could raise your blood pressure. But thankfully, we have a growing number of options.

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Microsoft has recently thought of an answer in the form of pinnable lists, which it's added to its free To-Do task manager in Windows 10. A pinning feature is frequently found in other apps of this type, so Windows users may appreciate it finally being integrated into their desktop interface.

When you open the new version of Microsoft To-Do in Windows 10, there will now be a new menu item called Pin to Start when you right-click one of your lists. Clicking this item will send a shortcut for that list to the Windows 10 Start menu, where it will appear as a tile. Click the tile, and To-Do will open and present the list to you. In theory, you can pin as many lists as you have space for in the Start menu.

Of course, if you're using a third-party Start menu like Classic Shell or Start10, then this feature probably won't work. (These third-party menus rose in popularity when Microsoft removed the Start menu altogether in Windows 8, and some users still prefer their look and feel more than the new Start menu that Microsoft brought back in Windows 10.) You'd need to uninstall those apps to get back to the Start menu that's supplied by Microsoft.

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And in case you're wondering, the versions of Microsoft To-Do for Android and iOS don't have a feature to pin a list from your phone to a Windows 10 PC. At least, not yet.

However, the mobile versions of Microsoft Edge (download for iOS or Android) have a "continue on PC" feature that lets you send a browser tab to a Windows computer, so there's some precedent for the basic process.

With Windows 10 positioned in the "software as a service" category, we can expect continual updates and upgrades throughout its product life cycle, so we expect to see more perks coming to the company's To-Do app in 2019. We'll keep our eyes peeled.


  • Microsoft updated its To-Do task management app to include the ability to pin different lists to the Windows 10 Start menu.
  • This function works for the Window 10 version of To-Do, but not for the iOS or Android versions.

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Tom McNamara is a Senior Editor for CNET's Download.com. He mainly covers Windows, mobile and desktop security, games, Google, streaming services, and social media. Tom was also an editor at Maximum PC and IGN, and his work has appeared on CNET, PC Gamer, MSN.com, and Salon.com. He's also unreasonably proud that he's kept the same phone for more than two years.