Create a Google Tasks widget for your desktop

May 5, 2011 11:54 pm Published by 5 Comments

I’ve tried numerous task managers; some with great features and functionality, some with nice polished interfaces, some even had Google Account integration. But despite it’s austere design and lack of bells and whistles I’m always drawn back to Google Tasks due to the fact that it is part of my Google account and that seamless integration offers me the convenience of taking my data with me wherever I can access my Google Account without the need for 3rd party apps.

However displaying that data in a readily accessible interface isn’t quite so easy. Sure my Task list is never far away; it lurks in the shadows within Gmail and it’s only a URL away on my phone, but for someone as disorganised as me that’s one step too far – I need my tasks in my face!

To remedy this issue I needed two things; a desktop widget for my PC and a shortcut icon on the first screen of my phone.

Creating a desktop widget

To create a desktop widget with your google task list you should first download a smart little application called snippage. Snippage is really just a browser window that you can pin to your desktop so fire it up and click ‘expand to browser view’:

Snippage expand browser view

Navigate to https://mail.google.com/tasks/ig in the URL bar:

Google tasks URL

You will be prompted to log in to your Google Account so tap in your details (don’t forget to click ‘remember me on this computer’) and then resize the window to a convenient size and location – then shrink to snip view:

Snippage shrink

Hey presto – you now have a Google Task widget on your desktop!

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5 Comments

  • Vanessa says:

    Thanks for this tip! This is very useful, as I’ve been looking for a way to do this.

  • Vestat says:

    That is awesome.
    I am exactly like you.. massive disorganization in my life even for the simplest thing. This is going to help me.. having same tasks on multiple pc and multiple phones.. change one and.. magic.. changes everything!
    any other trick to make our life easyer?? 🙂
    Thanks a lot..

  • Andreas says:

    This is exactly what I was looking for. Google Tasks is an invaluable tool on my phone and this is the most elegant of the many methods I tried to get them on my desktop and “in my face” where they are needed. Thank you!

  • Steve Main says:

    This is awesome, only thin is it is adobe AIR what a horrible product full of security holes. I don’t like having anything Adobe installed on my machine!

  • Robert Sutton says:

    Snippage barely works On Windows 10

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