5 Ways To Access Your Google Tasks

Jason K 15-02-2009

Google Tasks is a recent offering from the web giant, offering you the ability to keep a list of things to do. We’re going to explore several methods of accessing your tasks list, varying from your desktop to a gadget within Gmail itself.


Google Tasks on Your Desktop

Available for all platforms capable of running Adobe Air.

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The first method we’ll be exploring is putting the tasks list on your desktop (which may or may not be to everyone’s fancy). We’ll be using Snippage to accomplish this.

  • Once Snippage has started, either make new snip or expand to browser view with an existing one.
  • Login to your Google Account from Internet Explorer – make sure Remember me on this computer is checked.
  • In the browser view of Snippage, navigate to the following URL:
  • Size the snip to a preferred size.

Google Tasks Gadget in Gmail

google tasks

Granted, Google offers a link to Tasks from inside Gmail, but why not save yourself a click and embed the gadget directly in Gmail (like iGoogle)?

  • Make sure the Add any gadget by URL Lab feature is enabled. Head over to the Gadgets tab and add the following gadget:
  • The iGoogle gadget should now be conveniently located in your Gmail sidebar – no more clicking to open the Tasks list required.

Google Tasks in the Firefox Sidebar

google tasks shortcut

Want to keep track of your tasks while browsing? Users of Firefox can enjoy a feature to load bookmarks in the sidebar – which can be used for Google Tasks.

  • Bookmark the following link:
  • Head to the Bookmarks menu, right click on the new bookmark, and hit Properties.
  • Make sure Load this bookmark in the sidebar is checked, then hit OK.

Shortcut to Google Tasks with Chrome

google tasks shortcut

For users who like to keep their desktop clear of “out of place” widgets, you can still get your Google Tasks as a shortcut on the desktop (anyone for distraction-free task viewing?). Don’t have Chrome? Download it here.

  • Head over to the following URL in Chrome: (if prompted to login, do so, and make sure Remember me is checked).
  • Hit the Page menu (the one with the picture of a page) and hit Create Application Shortcuts. Select the options you want, and hit OK.

Google Tasks on Your Startpage

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Google offers an iGoogle gadget for Tasks, and both Netvibes and Pageflakes offer a method to add a webpage as a widget/flake.

  • Add the applicable “Web Page” gadget to the startpage.
  • For Netvibes, browse to Essential Widgets and select Web Page.
  • For Pageflakes, browse to Tools II and select Web Page.
  • Point it to

We’ve just highlighted five ways to access Google Tasks from a variety of methods. If you know of your own method, tell us about it in the comments.

Related topics: Gmail, Google, Google Tasks, To-Do List.

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    January 31, 2010 at 6:47 am

    If you use Google Tasks with your Apps domain, here's a nice interface you can bookmark to create an application shortcut to:

  2. soupman
    December 28, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Wow thanks for the tips, very useful. Extremely fond of both Firefox and chrome methods :)

  3. Jason Hull
    November 22, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    You can also do a cool full page view in your browser:

  4. flapee
    November 11, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    One more option for Android users: gTasks :

  5. lb
    October 20, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    This is great, thanks to Seiti who put up the change for google apps users, legendary.

  6. maestrojed
    October 14, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Great! For the life of me I could not find a link to see my google tasks by themselves (not in gmail or calendar). This post set me straight and I was able to use to make my tasks a system menu item in OSX. Sweet!

  7. Noah Coad
    July 22, 2009 at 4:17 am

    For a standalone Google Tasks app for your PC that provides Google Tasks inside an application window, check out taskalone at

  8. Jeremy Singh
    July 15, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Pretty cool, but Google doesn't let me manage team tasks. Google Apps desperately needs a shared task management system. I chose HyperOffice for online collaboration, because I feel it is more suitable for a group/business context.

  9. James
    May 27, 2009 at 12:23 am

    I figured out a way to get GTasks on the Mac OS X Dashboard.

    Download the Universal Google Gadget Widget Dashboard client from Apple's download site (made by WidgetTop) and unzip and install to your dashboard.

    You'll first be asked to log in to your Google account... then go to the black configuration screen by clicking the small 'i', and paste in this string

  10. Seiti
    May 11, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Great tips! Complementing, Google Apps users should point to the following URL:

    • cptvitamin
      January 13, 2010 at 8:40 am

      Thanks Seiti, I was trying to figure out how to do this for Google Apps. For an enhanced UI, try replacing /ig with /canvas

    • Decio
      February 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm

      Tks so much, I knew somebody would post that on the comments.

  11. Clint Laskowski
    April 15, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Anyone have any ideas for "Google Tasks"-like desktop application that'll run under Windows XP? I know that defeats the whole point of a task list on the web, but I can't access Google (other than search and Reader) from work.

  12. daniel
    April 3, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    thank you

  13. Gary
    February 19, 2009 at 3:29 am
  14. Sushamna
    February 18, 2009 at 2:13 am

    What if I've multiple lists under tasks.. ?

  15. C. Robb
    February 17, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Check out Anyway love

  16. Robert Young
    February 16, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Google tasks works awesomely in Mozilla's Prism too.

  17. Jash Sayani
    February 16, 2009 at 3:40 am

    Great post!

    Here's the simplest solution to get Google Tasks: The Google Tasks AIR App!
    You can update the post: [Broken Link Removed]

    • Jivan Naveen
      November 10, 2009 at 4:25 am

      Thanks Jash. Awesome little app. Has may life a lot easier.