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ToDoList 7.1.4 - An effective and flexible way to keep on top of your tasks

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A hierarchical task manager with native XML support for custom reporting.


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Latest Update (7.1 Feature Release)

The main features of this release are:

  • A new 'Kanban' plugin
  • A new 'Time Tracker' dialog
  • A rewritten modeless 'Reminder Notification' dialog
  • New F1 Context Sensitive Help
  • More 'Filter' options
  • More 'Recurring Task' options
  • More 'Custom Attribute' features
  • 100+ other enhancements
  • 100+ bug fixes


You know how it is - you start work on one project and halfway through, you find one or two side-projects crop up that have to be solved before you can continue on the original project.

This is one such project with the added twist that it too started its life as a side-project. Here's what happened:

<Cue wavy screen effect>

I can only imagine that the planets must have been in (mis-)alignment or something, because at one point a few months ago, I was suddenly fielding emails on four or five separate articles I had previously submitted to CodeProject, some asking for features and others for bug fixes.

Foolishly or otherwise, I largely agreed with all the points raised, and subsequently found myself with fourteen or fifteen separate issues to resolve.

The situation was also made worse because I was trying to use CodeProject to keep track of all the things I had agreed to do, meaning that I had to continuously trawl the comments section of each article to remind myself of what I was supposed to be working on.

It even got to the stage where I was worrying that I'd fail to deliver on something - silly I know, but there you are!

Keeping a list on paper was a definite step in the right direction, but since I do all my coding on the same machine, it seemed somewhat inelegant, and anyway, we all know what happens to crucial bits of paper left lying around on desks and such.

The next step was to hunt around on the web for a tool to meet the following requirements:

  • Simple interface
  • Support for hierarchical data
  • Numbered items/subitems
  • Open file format
  • Freeware

Simple, huh! not!

I will admit that I did not spend weeks searching, but I am still surprised at the general lack of software matching my needs.

On reflection, I think that the reason may be simple: people are so used to commercial software being 'feature-rich' that when they come to design software themselves, they (not unreasonably) think they too need to cram as much in as possible, often leading to software where a lot of essential functionality is hidden away in the menu bar.

So, surprise, surprise, I decided to write something myself.

However, it's fair to say that I did not originally intend to post it on CodeProject and am only really doing so because I had a heap of fun solving some very interesting problems and these are what I think make it worth it.

Using the Software

There's really very little I need to say here since every feature/function is explicitly visible in the interface.

Nevertheless, the following list of basic capabilities and omissions may go someway to answering any questions that arise:

  • Files are stored in XML format with .xml file extension.
  • Trying to load a non-tasklist file will generally fail (unless you read the code to see how to circumvent it).
  • The number of items/subitems is limited only by memory (although performance may be the deciding factor before you exhaust memory).
  • Marking a parent item as 'done' will also gray-out child items, but they are not disabled or automatically marked as 'done'.
  • An ellipsis (...) indicates that an item has sub-items.
  • All items can be expanded or collapsed (by double-clicking).
  • Top-level items and sub-items are created using different toolbar buttons.
  • There are task-specific context-menus.
  • The previously open tasklists are re-opened on startup.
  • The tasklist is automatically saved when closing the software or minimizing it to the system tray.
  • The priority of a task is shown as a grayscale box to the left of the item.

Points of Interest

Here's where we come to the side-projects I was talking about, the first two of which I intend to work up into follow-up articles.

They are:

  1. The 'ordered' tree control, which incorporates a non-client gutter for displaying the item numbers.

    The idea stemmed from research I did into alternative designs for a tree-list control, which did not solve it by creating a hybrid control incorporating a tree and a list.

    The hybrid control seems such an obvious solution that I suspect few people have stopped to question it, but it has still always struck me as looking far too much like hard work to be truly elegant ('square pegs' and 'round holes' spring to mind).

    One possible idea is to implement the 'list' portion entirely in the non-client area of the tree. I.e., shift the right hand client edge to the left and then render the list portion in the resulting non-client area.

    Whilst I've yet to get round to building a proof of concept, it was nevertheless this ongoing mental debate which prompted me to try to solve the requirement for numbered items and subitems by rendering the item/subitem numbers in the non-client area.

    Without going into too much detail (as this will subsequently be an article of its own), this is how I got it to work:

    • Handle TVM_INSERTITEM and TVM_DELETEITEM to know exactly when items are added and removed.
    • In these handlers recalculate the width of the gutter required to display the widest 'dotted' item/subitem number. (Note: this is not necessarily simply the deepest subitem.)
    • If the required gutter width changes, call SetWindowPos(NULL, 0, 0, 0, 0, SWP_FRAMECHANGED | SWP_NOMOVE | SWP_NOSIZE | SWP_NOZORDER) to force Windows to recalculate the non-client area of the control.
    • Handle WM_NCCALCSIZE when it does, and offset the left border by the required gutter width.
    • Handle WM_NCPAINT for painting the numbers.

    This is necessarily an over-simplification, but it captures the essence of the solution, and all that essentially remains is lots of fiddling about to ensure the non-client area gets redrawn at the the right times to stay synchronized with the client area.

  2. Embedding .RC control definition data directly in a .cpp file to break the dependency on binary resources (a.k.a. 'Runtime Dialogs').

    This is an idea that has been floating about for quite some time and which has only recently gelled into a workable solution.

    The problem, put simply, is that if you want to take advantage of the resource editor in Visual Studio (and who doesn't), then you very quickly find yourself stuck with having to load dialog templates from resources compiled into the binary file.

    This further means that if you want to make use of a dialog across multiple projects, then either you need to copy and paste the dialog template between project .RC files, or you need to build the dialog into a DLL from which it can be accessed.

    'Runtime Dialogs' (a snappy title I coined myself) is a solution that neatly sidesteps both the nuisance of copying dialog resources between resource files and the extra work (and maintenance) involved in packaging dialogs in DLLs.

    And it works like this:

    • First, you design your dialog template in the resource editor, create a CDialog derived class using class wizard, and wire up all the controls just as you normally would.
    • Next, you #include "runtimedlg.h" and change all instances of CDialog to CRuntimeDlg.
    • Then, you cut and paste the control definition section from the appropriate section in the .RC file and embed it directly in the dialog's .cpp file as a static string (with a bit of tweaking to handle double quotes and such like).
    • Finally, in the constructor of your dialog, you simply call CRuntimeDlg::AddRCControls(...) passing the control definitions as a string.
    • And CRuntimeDlg takes care of the rest including, if required, auto-sizing the dialog to suit the control layout.

    I'm certainly not suggesting that this is a 'win-win' solution for all situations but it certainly has merits in its closer coupling of dialog template to dialog code which makes sharing dialogs across multiple projects a breeze.

    P.S.: In case it's not clear here, I used CRuntimeDlg to create CToDoCtrl which encapsulates the ordered tree together with the priority, date and comments controls as a single simple-to-instantiate control.

    I'm also proposing to use them in the .NET port of my ProjectZip add-in for VC6.

  3. Embedding the XML file in a web page.

    This is possibly the most satisfying aspect of the whole project because it was completely unexpected.

    What I mean is that, until recently, my knowledge of DOM and XMLDOM was virtually non-existent, as it's only since I've become more interested in the presentation of AbstractSpoon that I've been forced to get to grips with the various implementations of DOM and XMLDOM out there.

    I'm pleased to say that the code on my site works under IE 6.0, Netscape 7.1, and Mozilla, although custom code was required to achieve this.

Generic MFC Classes that may prove Useful to You

The following table lists a wide range of utility classes written for this project. They can all be included in any MFC project provided you include any class dependencies too. Feel free to ask any questions relating to these specific classes and how to use them.

Class Name


Class Dependencies
(apart from MFC)


Customizable "About…' dialog not requiring a dialog resource. Supports html encoded text

CRuntimeDlg, CRCCtrlParser


Adds only unique items to the drop list and shuffles the list so that the last added item is at the top



Encapsulates the setting and unsetting of a boolean variable thru the lifetime of the class instance



Non-ownerdraw button that displays the selected colour on the button face and displays the colour dialog when clicked



Owner-draw combobox for displaying and selecting user defined colours



Encapsulation of various rountines for calculating date spans and for formatting



Encapsulation of the Win32 API



Re-implementation of the CDialog DDX/DDV rountines to avoid the MFC error messages when the user clears a number edit (for instance)



Encapsulates the MapDialogRect Win32 API



Class for managing the docking of one popup window to another.

*CSubclassWnd, CHoldRedraw, CAutoFlag


Encapsulates various rountines for querying about drives, files and disk space



Adds support to CBitmap for loading non-bmp files and resources.


CEnBitmapEx, CColorReplacer, CImageBlurrer, CImageColorizer, CImageContraster, CImageEmbosser, CImageFlipper, CImageGrayer, CImageLightener, CImageNegator, CImageResizer, CImageRotator, CImageSharpener, CImageShearer, CImageSysColorMapper, CImageTinter

Adds image manipulation funationality to CEnBitmap



Adds saving and restoring of custom colours to CColorDialog



Adds functions for extracting and querying commandline switches



Adds user-defined button capabilities to CEdit

CMaskEdit, CThemed, CDlgUnits


Adds support for using alternative resource or file images



Adds buttons for browsing and displaying the file represented by the text in the edit control. Also shows the file's small icon.

CEnEdit, CFolderDialog, CMaskEdit, CDlgUnits, CThemed, CSysImageList


Encapsulates WM_SETREDRAW



Fixes a number of behavioural problems including the handling of certain keypresses



Tracks the cursor movement over user-defined windows and posts event messages as necessary



Provides simple method to detect if another instance of an app is running



Adds simple character masking to CEdit



Allows the UI of standard windows controls to be extended by supporting any number of columns to be added to the non-client area of the window. Favours tabular controls like lists, trees, etc

*CSubclassWnd, CHoldRedraw, CThemed, CDlgUnits


CTreeCtrl implementation of CNcGutter displaying a single column showing the hierarchical position of each tree item in '' notation.

CHoldRedraw, CThemed


Very simple password dialog not requiring a dialog resource

CRuntimeDlg, CRCCtrlParser


Simpler replacement for CPropertySheet allowing easier creation as a child window



Used by CRuntimeDlg for parsing dialog resource-like text



Adds support to CDialog for building dialogs at runtime ie. dialogs do not require a dialog resource



Class for handling application keyboard shortcuts.

*CSubclassWnd, CWinClasses


Spellcheck dialog not requiring a dialog resource, which interfaces with ISpellCheck (interface to Open Office dictionaries)

CRuntimeDlg, CRCCtrlParser, ISpellCheck


Encapsulates the Windows system image list (file/folder images)



Adds post rendering callback for the tabs without using owner-draw



Encapsulates themed (XP) and non-themed (the rest) drawing of windows controls



Adds a button for specifying time units and provided routines for converting time to and from different time units

CEnEdit, CMaskEdit, CThemed, CDlgUnits


Adds support for dialog toolbar tooltips, multiline tooltips and dropbuttons with menus

*CSubclassWnd, CEnBitmap, CEnBitmapEx


Encapsulates the Shell_NotifyIcon Win32 API. Also provides balloon tips and animation



Adds support for recognizing urls, clicking them and setting custom url callbacks



Encapsulates the ::GetClassName Win32 functions


CXmlFile, CXmlItem

Non-Unicode class for reading and writing xml files



Adds encryption capabilities to CXmlFile

CXmlFile, IEncryption

* CSubclassWnd was originally written by Paul DiLascia for MSJ magazine. The version I use has been heavily extended to suit my specific needs. The classes that depend on it here need this extended version.

Further Work

Whilst this tool was originally intended for my personal use only, it is now a 'community' project, so if you find it useful and want to make suggestions for enhancements or bug fixes, then post below.


  • 7.1.4 (26 Aug 2017)
    • Fixed filter selection when names contain brackets
    • Fixed HTML exporting of '&', '<', '>'
    • Fixed application window resizing on startup
    • Fixed file encoding of 'Transformed' tasklists when auto-exporting after saving
    • Fixed circular dependency check when adjusting a task's dependents' dates
    • Fixed offsetting of 'Start' and 'Due' dates
    • Fixed sorting by 'Priority' when completed tasks do not have minimum priority
    • Fixed 'Task View' default visibility preferences not being respected
    • Fixed switching to 'Fixed Columns' in 'Kanban View' when tracked attribute remains the same
    • Fixed drag'n'drop between two 'Fixed Columns' in 'Kanban View' having the same attribute value
    • Fixed initialisation of 'Fixed Column' colour in 'Kanban View'
    • Fixed incorrect notification text in the 'Task Reminder' dialog
    • Fixed 'Export Tasks' to prompt before overwriting output file(s)
    • Fixed display of calculated times in 'Due Date' column
    • Fixed 'Application' (context menu) keyboard key usage in 'Task Tree'
    • Fixed dragging of text within 'Rich Text Comments'
    • Fixed Online Help link for 'Rich Text Comments'
    • Fixed date column width calculation with fixed width fonts
    • Fixed pasting of Excel content into Rich Text comments
    • Fixed Preferences font size selection for RTL languages
    • Fixed 'Attribute Inheritance' when moving subtasks to a new parent
    • Fixed some parent tasks not displaying folder icon
    • Fixed sorting of Preferences 'Attribute Inheritance' list
  • 7.1.3 (20 May 2017)
    • Fixed positioning of recreated recurring tasks when filter is active
    • Fixed inconsistent visibility of tasklist tab bar scroll buttons
    • Replaced new line characters with spaces when rendering 'inline comments'
    • Fixed crash when opening 'Find Tasks' dialog|Fixed '.tdl' file filter not displaying on Linux
    • Fixed initialisation of column header tooltips for moved attribute columns
    • Fixed toolbar button rendering under Windows 'Classic' theme
    • Fixed title editing to cancel the edit if the mouse-wheel is used
    • Fixed 'Gantt Chart' dependency drawing after a failed drag
    • Fixed 'Gantt Chart' positioning of new tasks
    • Fixed simple custom numeric attribute types not rendering in column
    • Fixed offsetting of start and due dates|Fixed offsetting of subtask dates
    • Fixed restoration of 'Kanban' View 'Show colour as vertical bar'
    • Fixed changing the completion date of an already completed task
    • Fixed inline editing of task icon causing task to be moved
    • Fixed loss of formatting when pasting in 'Rich Text' comments
    • Fixed snapping of tasks in 'Calendar View' when task start or due date is calculated
    • Fixed 'Kanban View' sorting of subtasks immediately below their parent task
    • Fixed 'Kanban View' not updating after deleting very last task
    • Fixed checking of network backup locations
    • Fixed clicking of network (UNC) file links in 'Comments'
    • Fixed 'Comments' file link insertion not triggering a save
    • Fixed 'Offsetting' of subtask dates where the parent task has no date
    • Fixed application commandline handling to load tasklists before executing menu commands
    • Fixed Kanban task attribute display to hide labels when the column width is narrow
    • Added check to reload tasklists when Alt-tabbing or otherwise activating the application
    • Fixed 'Gantt Chart' dependency and name render artifacts when page-scrolling
    • Fixed weekday date calculations with extended weekends
    • Fixed sorting of creation dates with no time component
    • Fixed drag and drop of files incorrectly starting Outlook
    • Fixed crash when importing CSV
    • Added Task ID column to 'Gantt Chart'
    • Significantly improved tasklist save times
    • Fixed 'Gantt Chart' tree column widths after 'Expand All'
    • Fixed restoration of '<none>' filters on restart
    • Fixed 'Kanban View' displaying both vertical bar and task colour when 'Use a task's colour for it's title background' is enabled
    • Fixed momentary loss of selection when clicking tree tasks in 'Gantt Chart'
    • Fixed momentary loss of selection when clicking tasks in 'Kanban View'
    • Fixed Time Estimate recalculation after moving due date on 'Gantt Chart'
    • Fixed 'Gantt Chart' dependency creation dialog text
    • Fixed restoration of Reminder Notification dialog if it is minimised
    • Fixed display of uninitialised numeric custom attributes
    • Fixed undesirable resizing of images copied directly from browser to 'Rich Text' comments
    • Fixed refresh of Custom Attribute dialog toolbar states after adding a new attribute
    • Fixed subtask drag and drop ordering
    • Fixed 'Kanban View' preference 'Show task colour as a bar'
    • Fix 'Multi-selection' attribute droplist behaviour
    • Fixed use of custom attributes with User-defined tools
    • Fixed applying default task attributes to imported tasks
    • Fixed synchronisation between calendars within 'Calendar View'
    • Fixed minor rendering issue of selected items within 'Calendar View'
    • Improved importing of custom attributes (from CSV)
    • Added support for multiple command-line menu commands
    • Added plugin placeholders to Task View menu to allow shortcuts to be set up
    • Fixed CSV exporting of task Flag attribute
    • Fixed custom list attribute field updating when changing selection
    • Fixed rendering of right-aligned multi-icon custom attributes
    • Fixed filtering/searching to check custom attributes when specifying 'any text attribute'
    • Fixed filtering/searching to match 'leaf tasks' with 'not set' subtask-completion
    • Fixed momentary appearance of ToDoList when starting up minimised
    • Fixed translation of menu placeholders in Keyboard Shortcuts preferences
    • Fixed Find Tasks dialog matching of tasks by subtask-completion
    • Fixed loss of trailing URL link when pasting browser content
  • 7.1.2 (17 Mar 2017)
    • Fixed 'Kanban' preference 'Show task colour as a bar'
    • Fixed 'Multi-selection' attribute droplist behaviour
    • Fixed CSV exporting of task Flag attribute
    • Fixed Find Tasks dialog matching of tasks by subtask-completion
    • Fixed Gantt Chart render artifacts when paging horizontally
    • Fixed Gantt View dependency creation dialog text
    • Fixed Gantt tree column widths after 'Expand All'
    • Fixed Kanban displaying both vertical bar and task colour when 'Use a task's colour for it's title background' is enabled
    • Fixed Time Estimate recalculation after moving due date on Gantt Chart
    • Fixed applying default task attributes to imported tasks
    • Fixed crash when importing CSV
    • Fixed custom list attribute field updating when changing selection
    • Fixed display of uninitialised numeric custom attributes
    • Fixed drag and drop of files incorrectly starting Outlook
    • Fixed filtering/searching to check custom attributes when specifying 'any text attribute'
    • Fixed filtering/searching to match 'leaf tasks' with 'not set' subtask-completion
    • Fixed loss of trailing URL link when pasting browser content
    • Fixed minor rendering issue of selected items within Calendar View
    • Fixed momentary appearance of ToDoList when starting up minimised
    • Fixed momentary loss of selection when clicking tasks in Kanban View
    • Fixed momentary loss of selection when clicking tree tasks in Gantt Chart
    • Fixed refresh of Custom Attribute dialog toolbar states after adding a new attribute
    • Fixed rendering of right-aligned multi-icon custom attributes
    • Fixed restoration of '<none>' filters on restart
    • Fixed restoration of Reminder Notification dialog if it is minimised
    • Fixed sorting of creation dates with no time component
    • Fixed subtask drag and drop ordering
    • Fixed synchronisation between calendars within Calendar View
    • Fixed translation of menu placeholders in Keyboard Shortcuts preferences
    • Fixed undesirable resizing of images copied directly from browser to Rich Text comments
    • Fixed use of custom attributes with User-defined tools
    • Added Task ID column to Gantt View
    • Added plugin placeholders to Task View menu to allow shortcuts to be set up
    • Added support for multiple command-line menu commands
    • Improved importing of custom attributes (from CSV)
    • Significantly improved tasklist save times
  • 7.1.1 (09 Feb 2017)
    • Fixed Kanban View not adding custom attributes to the tracking droplist on restart
    • Fixed Kanban View not updating Alloc To when changed via edit field
    • Fixed automatic application of Kanban View Fixeded Columns after initial creation
    • Fixed Recurring Task losing time estimate
    • Fixed rendering of empty UI Theme comobbox
    • Fixed multi-instance tasklist reloading
    • Fixed crash deleting items from List View
    • Fixed Task Tree selection artifacts after undo operation
    • Fixed Open from EasyFTP
    • Fixed auto-resorting of Custom Attributes after edit
    • Fixed HTML comments pasting 
    • Fixed loss of custom attribute data where IDs contain accented characters
    • Fixed Navigate Back/Forward not refreshing edit fields
    • Fixed custom attribute column header tooltips
    • Fixed dependency field editing
    • Fixed escaping of UDT arguments destined for a browser
    • Fixed image pasting from MS Edge and Firefox
    • Fixed Outlook drag and drop to Rich Text comments
    • Fixed alignment of custom attribute column titles
    • Fixed missing Filter Bar fields
    • Fixed Date and Number custom attributes to be right-aligned by default
    • Fixed displaying images in rich text comments via Insert File Link
    • Fixed tasklist Reload prompts to appear only if ToDoList is already visible
    • Fixed GanttProject import/export to handle milestones
    • Fixed Outline importer not setting creation date when importing from clipboard
    • Fixed Status Filter task matching
    • Fixed CSV Importer attribute mapping
    • Fixed CSV Exporter not displaying the attribute mapping dialog
    • Fixed flicker when changing Gantt view tree selection
    • Fixed List View performance when printing and undo-ing deletions
    • Fixed week number calculation when Sunday is first day of the week
    • Fixed HTML export subtask indentation to use Text settings in preferences
    • Fixed partial painting of first week of year in Gantt Chart
    • Fixed render artifacts when scrolling/zooming in Gantt Chart
    • Fixed incorrect saving of Time to task log file
    • Fixed Rich Text conversion for German characters
    • Fixed auto-resizing of Rich Text embedded images on Windows 10
    • Fixed Add Logged Time dialog to hide Apply button when displayed for time tracking
    • Fixed Add Logged Time dialog to also change tasks Time Spent if user edits the amount to be logged
    • Fixed initialisation of CSV Importer column delimiter
    • Fixed reminders to disallow Good as Done tasks
    • Add double-clicking in Reminder Notification dialog to go to task
    • Add tooltips to select Task Attribute columns
    • Add Creation Time to column visibility preferences
  • 7.1 Feature Release (03 Jan 2017)
    • New 'Kanban' plugin
    • New 'Time Tracker' dialog
    • New F1 Context Sensitive Help
    • Rewritten modeless 'Reminder Notification' dialog
    • More 'Filter' options
    • More 'Recurring Task' options
    • More 'Custom Attribute' features
    • 100+ other enhancements
    • 100+ bug fixes
    • Visit our Google Group for a full listing
  • 7.0.13 (04 Feb 2016) - Mostly likely the last update of 7.0
    • Fixed uneven task row heights on Windows XP 64-bit
    • Fixed incorrect strike-through in Find Tasks dialog for incomplete parent tasks having all their subtasks completed
    • Fixed doubled-up Help Menu separator on XP
    • Fixed translation 'Cleanup' button not saving changes
    • Fixed XML encoding for Unicode tasklists
    • Fixed tasklist tab-bar resize bug after double-clicking on titlebar
  • (20 Jan 2016)
    • Fixed loading of Ansi tasklists
  • 7.0.12 (14 Jan 2016)
    • Fixed bug where pasting a text fragment from Firefox would display the wrong source URL
    • Fixed List View selection render artifacts in full screen when resizing the title pane
    • Fixed inability to tab to Status field after making the field 'read-only'
    • Fixed '--unnamed--' attributes appearing in the CSV Import dialog
    • Fixed 'Preference > User defined tools' to support relative tool and icon paths
    • Fixed 'Task Comments Preferred Format' not being used for new tasks
    • Fixed Tree and List views to hide the attribute pane when no columns are visible
    • Possibly fixed 'Server is Busy' message from MS Word during Print, Print Preview, HTML Export, Transforming
    • All tasklists are now saved as Unicode for forwards-compatibility with 7.1
  • 7.0.11 (02 Jan 2016)
    • Fixed pasting of .png images into Rich Text comments
    • Fixed display of 'Creation' and 'Last Modified' dates in Find Tasks results list
    • Fixed redraw bug not updating '% Completion' column value
    • Fixed 'Creation' date column to not show time
    • Fixed task references to show Time-Track icon
    • Adjusted Rich Text context menu for embedded objects
  • (15 Dec 2015)
    • Fixed loss of comments after changing tags on multiple tasks on Windows 8.1 and above
    • Fixed status bar not showing when List View has the focus
    • Fixed unresponsive mouse clicks in far right of Attributes pane
    • Fixed 'User-defined Tools' dialog to allow (and show) bmp, png, ico, jpg, gif for icons
    • Fixed 'Find Tasks' relative date rules to not require '+' for forward offsets
    • Fixed render artifacts after selecting 'Maximise Comments'
    • Fixed CSV export of task parent IDs
  • 7.0.9 (03 Dec 2015)
    • Fixed update of read-only status icon when reloading a tasklist
    • Fixed various commandline attribute change bugs
    • Fixed unexpected auto-editing of a task's title after completing the preceding task's last subtask
    • Fixed Time-tracking tab icon to take priority over other icons
    • Fixed time estimate calculation when not weighting by % completion
    • Fixed task title text colour not updating after due date change
    • Fixed sorting of dependencies to respect dependency sequences
    • Fixed 'Sort completed tasks below other tasks'
    • Fixed poor performance when editing comments
    • Fixed List View failing to scroll when using cursor keys
    • Fixed List View bulk keyboard task selection performance
    • Fixed initialisation of 'Recently Modified' time period
    • Fixed export to HTML not showing calculated % Completion
    • Fixed drag'n'drop of Outlook messages to Simple Text comments
    • Added support to QuickFind for <enter> moving to next match
  • 7.0.8 (07 Nov 2015)
    • Fixed Copy/Paste from Office apps to not paste HTML code
    • Fixed 'Newly Started Tasks' notification to appear only if ToDoList is the foreground application
    • Fixed registry access issues for non-admin accounts
    • Fixed sort not getting updated when sorting by Cost
    • Fixed application hanging after applying a 'Find Tasks' filter
    • Added 'Shift+Insert' as shortcut for 'Paste Simple' in rich text comments
    • Added commandline support for adding to and subtracting numeric task attribute fields
    • Changed Calendar View to prefix Due Time to task title (if set)
    • Added social media links to Web Update and About dialogs, and to the Help menu
    • Updated all translations
  • 7.0.7 (27 Oct 2015)
    • Fixed 'Collapse All Tasks' not collapsing branch containing selected item
    • Fixed loss of character formatting when pasting HTML to rich-text comments
    • Fixed restriction on completing multiple recurring tasks
    • Fixed bug not including task cost when exporting to 'Tasklist'
    • Fixed hang when reparenting tasks using the keyboard
    • Fixed 'Newly Started Tasks' notification to appear only if ToDoList is the foreground app
    • Updated Introduction.tdl
    • Removed 'About ToDoList > Contributions' from translation files
    • Enabled Windows' built-in spell-checking/correcting in Comments field (Windows 8 and above)
  • 7.0.6 (20 Oct 2015)
    • Fixed row synchronisation bug between Title/Attribute panes on XP/Linux
    • Fixed List-View sorting bug leaving selected task scrolled 'out of sight'
    • Fixed bug restoring List-View sort when switching from Task-Tree
    • Fixed conflict between attribute field accelerator keys and top-level menus
    • Fixed invalid download link in Spell Check dialog
    • Fixed bug pasting browser-hosted content into comments
    • Fixed sorting of dates to sort 'dates without times' below 'dates with a time earlier on the same day'
    • Fixed unexpected re-sort bug when modifying comments and auto-sorting by a custom attribute
    • Fixed Outlook importer to not appear if Outlook is not installed
    • Added message box to clarify non-support of completing multiple recurring tasks
    • Added checkbox support to status, etc combo-boxes in Find Tasks dialog
    • Updated Chinese translation
  • 7.0.5 (08 Oct 2015)
    • Fixed background row colour to extend full 'Title' column width
    • Fixed re-parenting of child tasks not updating parent calculations
    • Fixed comments not having focus on XP even when caret is flashing
    • Fixed subtasks getting incorrectly re-parented after drag'n'drop operation
    • Fixed List View sort causing selection to be scrolled 'off-window'
    • Updated Chinese translation (thanks Atlang)
  • 7.0.4 (29 Sep 2015)
    • Fixed synchronisation between panes when dragging a task onto a collapsed task
    • Fixed List View selection change not updating comments field
    • Fixed high contrast theme bug in ToDoList Web Updater
    • Fixed bug preventing completed tasks from appearing in Calendar View
    • Fixed strike-through for completed tasks in Gantt and Calendar Views
    • Added logging for all tasklist file operations
  • 7.0.3 (19 Sep 2015)
    • Fixed slow selection/deselection of multiple items
    • Fixed missing vertical scroll bar on read-only droplists
    • Fixed export of List View parents when 'Include parent tasks' is enabled
    • Fixed csv export of subtasks where indentation causes problems for Excel
    • Fixed bug preventing permanent removal of 'Alloc By' items
    • Fixed bug setting Due Date display preference
    • Added tab icon to indicate time tracking
    • Lengthened 'Progress' field in 'ToDoList Web Update' dialog
    • Updated Chinese translation
  • 7.0.2 (6 Sep 2015)
    • Fixed bug reselecting custom filters
    • Fixed display bug in TDLUpdate dialog when high contrast theme is active
    • Fixed bug exporting custom attribute values
    • Fixed XP theming bug displaying selected task
    • Fixed Simple Text comments font bug when switching from Rich Text
    • Fixed Task Tree attribute synchronisation bug after moving tasks
    • Fixed 'Hide collapsed tasks (list view)' filter option
    • Added support for direct drag'n'drop of URLs to File Link field 
    • Updated Chinese translation
  • 7.0.1 (31 Aug 2015)
    • Fixed csv exports to use comma by default (instead of tab) if Excel is installed
    • Fixed inability to clear cost attribute value using -cs
    • Fixed inability to clear start/due/completion dates using -sd/-dd/-cd
    • Fixed inability to set dependencies with -dp
    • Fixed inability to set multiple file links using -fr
    • Fixed inability to clear file links using -fr
    • Fixed inability to deselect multiply selected items by clicking an item within the group
    • Fixed unwanted strings appearing in translation files
    • Fixed -tid bug opening a new instance when required task is not visible in active filter
    • Fixed loss of user language choice in XP
    • Fixed incorrect Task Tree splitter colour in XP
    • Fixed incorrect tooltips after changing attribute column order
    • Added -si commandline switch to produce intermediate transform file
    • Added facility to drag browser URLs directly to File Link field
    • Added option to append items via the commandline using '+'
  • 7.0 Feature Release (15 Aug 2015)
    • Redesigned Task Tree and List View
    • Task Tree and List View attribute columns can be resized and reordered
    • Gantt view attribute columns can be resized and reordered
    • Added support for multiple 'File Link' items per task
    • Added support for custom attributes to 'User-defined tools'
    • Updated French, German, Hebrew, Russian and Spanish translations
  • 6.9.6 (01 Mar 2015)
    • Fixed Gantt View editable state not being refreshed on check-in
    • Fixed export to '.tdl' to only add a file link to the top-level task
    • Fixed erroneous task dependencies when exporting to '.tdl'
    • Fixed CTimeEdit to show correct units menu selection
    • Added '-i8' commandline switch for pasting richedit images as 8bit to reduce size
    • Added support for bumping task dates from commandline (-sd, -dd, -cd)
    • Added support for use of shift key to force Outlook links to use GUIDs
    • Added logging to ini file initialisation
    • Updated 'Resources\Translations\German.csv, YourLanguage.csv'
    • Updated 'Resources\Stylesheets\tgEstimatesAndActuals_eng.xsl'
    • Removed 'Path' from print preview attribute list
  • 6.9.5 (07 Feb 2015)
    • Fixed tree-view line size bug with 'user font' specified
    • Fixed encoding of source code workspace and project files
    • Fixed 'TimeEst/Spent' keyboard shortcuts to use translated text
    • Fixed incorrect handling of 'C, V, X' in 'TimeEst/Spent' fields
    • Fixed differences between 'Other Task Attributes' context-menu text and what is shown in preferences keyboard shortcuts
    • Fixed various 'Multi-instance' bugs
    • Fixed 'Debug' menu appearing in keyboard shortcut preferences
    • Fixed message box infinite-loop when too little space to save tasklist
    • Fixed incorrect appearance of ParentID when exporting
    • Updated French translation 
    • Saved folder location in 'Analyse logged time' dialog
    • Removed duplicate strings from 'YourLanguage.csv'
  • 6.9.4 (27 Jan 2015)
    • Fixed failing backup when not enough disk space
    • Fixed font display of 'Find Tasks' results
    • Fixed startup code to better handle when 'Multiple Instances' is enabled
    • Fixed bug in 'Colour' field visibility 
    • Removed time component from 'Created' column
    • Removed spurious extra separator in rich text toolbar
    • Automatically refresh 'Find Tasks' after changing the options droplist
    • Added simple column-header sorting to 'Find Tasks' results
    • Updated French translation
    • Minor changes to 'YourLanguage.csv' (Affects translators)
  • 6.9.3 (20 Jan 2015)
    • Fixed bug entering quoted text in QuickFind droplist
    • Fixed sorting of new 'Find' filters in 'Show' droplist
    • Fixed spurious characters apearing when pasting rich text from GMail (and Thunderbird)
    • Fixed 'View > Collapse > All tasks' not correctly setting the selection
    • Fixed missing keyboard shortcuts for all user-defined tools
    • Added '-y' commandline switch to export csv as UTF-8
  • 6.9.2 (31 Dec 2014)
    • Added '-z' commandline switch to save attribute visibility settings in tasklist
    • Fixed initial scaling bug when first switching to Statistics view
    • Fixed bug preventing dragging of vertical comments splitter
    • Fixed ordering of csv-exported custom attributes
    • Comments hyperlinks no longer created if protocol is followed by a space
    • ToDoList no longer brought to foreground when setting a task attribute from commandline
    • Text is now appended to task comments when set via the commandline (-cm)
  • 6.9.1 (19 Dec 2014)
    • Fixed Calendar display bug when task start date is removed
    • Fixed Combobox scroll selection bug when scrollbar is visible
    • Fixed Window menu tasklist name formatting
    • Fixed GanttProject import/export encoding bug
    • Fixed translation bug when app is maximised
    • Fixed tasklist tab width after restoring multiple tasklists on startup when first tasklist is active tab
    • Fixed spell checking not working on task title
    • Fixed loss of selection after refiltering
    • Fixed various commandline bugs
    • Fixed calendar not updating when recurring daily task is completed
    • Fixed menu sort state no longer updating once 'Multi-sort' has been enabled
    • Fixed rich text comments link crash 
    • Added logging to investigate Outlook-related issue
  • 6.9 Feature Release (02 Dec 2014)
    • New Web Updater
    • New Uninstaller
    • New iCal Importer
    • New Analysis of 'Tracked Time'
    • New integrated UI for selecting column/edit field/filter field visibility
    • Added 'Type' (tracked/adjusted) column to log file
    • Added task path to time-track log file
    • Added task 'Path' to Find Tasks dialog
    • Added support for 'pasting' import from clipboard
    • Added support for multi-selection custom icon attributes
    • Added 'Select in Explorer' to Tools menu and file tab context menu
    • Added preferences to control the visibility of tabbed 'views'
    • Added preference for specifying trailing text after pasting date/time
    • Added option to specify start/due filter dates
    • Added 'Number of Recurrences' to recurring tasks.
    • Added messagebox if QuickFind does not find text
    • Added menu command to select all references of a task
    • Added menu command to goto 'Real' task from reference
    • Added history combo to 'Title' field of transform, print/preview dialogs
    • Added drag'n'drop support for re-ordering tabs
    • Added optional confirmation dialog to time tracking
    • Added close buttons to tasklist tabs
    • Added blank line to single-selection droplists
    • Added support for importing to new tasklist when active tasklist is read-only
    • Added blank line to csv importing from clipboard
    • Added support for expanding environment variables in file links
    • Added 'timer' icon to tasklist tab when tracking time
    • Added mouse-wheel scrolling to tab and spin controls
    • Added selection colour around datetime checkboxes when they have the focus
    • Added support for Unicode display of 'Stickies'
    • Added [Ctrl+Alt+C] Shortcut to 'Copy As HTML' in Comments
    • Added parent task IDs when printing from list view
    • Added support to log analysis for negative times
    • Added initial support for RTL languages (work in progress)
    • Added mouse-delete support to auto-droplists
    • Added support for user to add zero times to log file
    • Added support for in-place editing of Gantt task titles
    • Added theming to preference dialog
    • Added support for controlling time visibility in columns
    • Added 'Weekdays' to 'Offset Task Dates' dialog
    • Implemented auto-scrolling to preference sub-sections
    • Selected tab text displayed in bold when theming enabled
    • Logs files now backed up when backing-up tasklists
    • Created 'Copy As Html' as separate rich text comments command
    • Changed task log file to display as readonly so Excel does not lock it
    • Moved 'Edit Task Log File' to 'Tools' menu and rename to 'View Task Log File'
    • Improved drag'n'drop of Outlook items
    • Improved 'Insert Horizontal Line' in rich text comments
    • Improved Burndown rendering performance
    • Improved performance in Gantt view
    • And heaps of fixes
  • 1.1-6.8 (removed by .dan.g.)
  • 1.0 (4 Nov 2003)
    • Initial release.


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AnswerRe: show only top subtask in calendar Pin
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AnswerRe: show only top subtask in calendar Pin
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SuggestionRange of validity Pin
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Alexxcode12-Jan-13 1:35
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Thanks for considering! I know it´s a major thing but actually the only important feature i miss compared to other taskmanagers like MLO.

Some thoughts about realising/avoiding adding complexity:

- new tasks should always get the standard validity zone (vz) defined in the default attributes.
- if none is defined yet the vz would be "Always".
- a vz parameter-field would be added in the task edit fields where one could choose between "Always" and other defined vz´s.
- a Shortcut for editing a vz would be added.
- it would make sense to select also a vz-column in the tasklist. In this case all tasks regardless of time and set vz could be displayed to identify wrong assigned vz´s. In any case it should be possible to switch temporarily all tasks to "valid now"!

Thank You
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BugMinor problem and thanks for adding a feature a short while back Pin
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