Google Tasks in a Chrome Browser Sidebar

A while ago, I pointed you to several ways to access Google Tasks.

Google’s super-simple task-management app has been flexible enough (and syncronizingly-smooth enough) for me to douse all other-comers from taking over my task-management flow.

In February, I noted a great way to drop Tasks into your Firefox sidebar, something I like a lot as it is a clean, heads-up-display of your tasks though the day, and with a widescreen monitor, it stays out of the way.

In Google Chrome, however, the same option didn’t exist, but on the forums I found a smart piece of Javascript you can embed in a bookmarklet to generate a small tasks pane to the right of your browser to happily keep your tasks in front of your face.

Drag this link to your bookmark-bar (or right-click and copy the link URL and add the bookmark manually) to save:

gTasksBar

The author’s description:

A simple modification of Google Chrome Dual View from Chrome Blog allows you to view your Google Tasks as you browse without having to manually input the address each time. A perfect little mod if you want to start ploughing through those to do lists and ticking them off on the go. Just copy and paste the following as a bookmark:

fwiw, here is the code:

javascript:A14nH=location.href;L3f7=A14nH;R1Gh7="https://mail.google.com/tasks/ig";if(L3f7&&R1Gh7){Fr4Q='n';Fr4Q+='n';Fr4Q+='';with(document){write(Fr4Q);void(close())}}else{void(null)}

 

Here is a screenshot the author provided:

 

As an alternative, HowToGeek has a chrome extension they link to that provides a small pop-up window in Chrome for your tasks.

Thom Allen Finally, my buddy Thom Allen has a great blog post (dated, but worth linking to) about access to gTasks in Calendar, gMail and . Go check it out.

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4 thoughts on “Google Tasks in a Chrome Browser Sidebar

  1. Note: in application, this “sidebar” lives only inside the browser tab you fire it up in. So, launch it in a tab you will frequent. I’m using it inside my Google Voice tab right now where real-estate isn’t crucial. You could have it alongside your calendar or email, although you can launch tasks natively inside gCal and gMail already…

  2. Note: in application, this “sidebar” lives only inside the browser tab you fire it up in. So, launch it in a tab you will frequent. I’m using it inside my Google Voice tab right now where real-estate isn’t crucial. You could have it alongside your calendar or email, although you can launch tasks natively inside gCal and gMail already…

  3. How do I close the dang Task window that stays open in Gmail?

    And what happened to the Expand Gmail tab?

    And why did you complicate closing Gmails which now takes
    2 clicks rather than one?

    This seems to be the way of the future making things more complicated
    when trying to make it less.

  4. @Patrick Harrison: There is an “X” in the upper right corner of the tasks popup in Gmail.

    I don’t know about the Expand Gmail tab, and I am not a programmer for Google, so I didn’t change any of the Gmail features.

    Good luck!

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