03 Feb

What you need to know about the Tasks in Zeegaree 1.5

Zeegaree includes a simple tasks functionality. It really is simple but not very well documented in the app. ;) Here I’ll try to show how you can use todo notes in Zeegaree effectively.

Tasks are part of the time management part (Work &Play) of the program. They are available in their side-panel. If you open that panel, you will see the button “New Task”. Click it to open the task creation window. Also you can use CTRL+N keyboard shortcut for that (works only when the Tasks panel is open). Above the button you have the name of the current task list and the option menu “hamburger” button. See the image below.

Fig1. Tasks panel visible. No tasks yet.

Fig1. Tasks panel visible. No tasks yet.

The window for creating a new task looks like on the following image. You will see a text entries for: name of the task, planned work units, task note. To move between these entries you can use “TAB” or “SHIFT + TAB” on your keyboard. Also by hitting “ENTER” or “RETURN” you can focus on the “Save” button. The exception is the note entry, where you have to hit “CTRL + ENTER” or  “CTRL + RETURN” because single “ENTER” will get you to the new line.

Fig2. New Task window.

Fig2. New Task window.

One more interesting thing you can spot, is the darker rectangle on the top of the new task window. Click it and you’ll have the option to assign a specific colour to the task. You can choose from 9 colours. Just click the colour to select it. In the next version I plan to make that possible without the mouse, just using a keyboard.

Fig3. Colour selector.

Fig3. Colour selector.

Below you can see the task panel with some tasks created. Also you can notice the general menu expanded. It has four option. The first option: “Show Lists” will get you to the List view. There you can create as many lists as you wish. Next we have “Hide Finished Tasks“ which, in case you have some tasks marked as done, will hide them without deleting. “Filter by Colour” will give you option to display only those tasks which are marked with a specific colour. “Delete Finished Tasks” will delete all task marked as done. Important note: the finished tasks will not be deleted from the History view for a given day.

Fig4. Tasks created. General menu visible.

Fig4. Tasks created. General menu visible.

Here you can see “Filter by Colour” option expanded.

Fig6. Filter by Colour option expanded.

Fig5. Filter by Colour option expanded.

Let’s talk a little about a specific task option. To see these option, click the “hamburger” menu button next to the task. When you do that, you’ll find following:

Track – marks the task as tracked. You will know how many work units you’ve spent on that task. To track a task you can also click on the task name.

Mark Done – marks the task as done. Also you can click the selector next to the task name to do that.

Delete – deletes the task from the list.

Edit – opens the window where you can edit the task. Alternatively you can click on the task colour marker to quickly edit the task.

Fig6. Tasks option expanded.

Fig6. Tasks option expanded.

The yellow rectangle tells you that the task has a note. Click that rectangle to see the note.

Below you can see how a tracked task look like. It has a green triangle next to its name and the font is bold. Also, under the timer you may notice a note how many tasks are being tracked. You can track as many as you want at any given time. When you mark the tracked task as done, you’ll get how many work units you dedicated to that task.

Fig7. Task marked as tracked.

Fig7. Task marked as tracked.

When you mark the task as finished, it will appear in your History view under the day in which you did that. You can delete that task from your task list view but it will still stay in your history.

Fig7. The task marked as done.

Fig8. The task marked as done.

As mentioned before, you can create many lists for your tasks. On the image Fig5, you can see the option “Show Lists”. When you click it you will see something like on the image below. Here you can create your additional task lists.

Fig8. List view.

Fig9. List view.

Here you can see a case with multiple lists. Like with tasks you have the “hamburger” menu button for list options.

Fig9. List menu.

Fig10. List menu.

OK, that’s it for now. If you have any more questions, just ask.

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