Microsoft Task List

  1. Microsoft Task List Template
  2. Microsoft Excel Daily Task List
  3. Microsoft Task List Onenote
  4. Microsoft Task List App

ACCEPTED ANSWER. Hi @MichaelAdams-5874. You can manage the lists of tasks from the To Do application. You can access it from here: Then when clicking on your tasks list, you have a menu next to its title to manage it in the main screen (rename, delete, print). To Do is integrated with Outlook Tasks, making it easier to manage all your tasks in one place. Access from anywhere Microsoft To Do is available for free, and syncs across iPhone, Android, Windows 10.


Use Task List to track code comments that use tokens such as TODO and HACK, or custom tokens, and to manage shortcuts that take you directly to a predefined location in code. Click on the item in the list to go to its location in the source code.


This topic applies to Visual Studio on Windows. For Visual Studio for Mac, see Task comments (Visual Studio for Mac).

The Task List window

When Task List is open, it appears at the bottom of the application window.

To open Task List, select View > Task List, or from the keyboard press Ctrl+,T.

To change the sort order of the list, select the header of any column. To further refine your search results, press Shift and click a second column header. Alternatively, on the shortcut menu, choose Sort by, and then choose a header. To further refine your search results, press Shift and choose a second header.

To show or hide columns, on the shortcut menu, choose Show Columns. Select the columns that you want to show or hide.

To change the order of the columns, drag any column header to the location that you want.

User tasks

The user task feature was removed in Visual Studio 2015. When you open a solution that has user task data from Visual Studio 2013 and earlier, the user task data in your .suo file is not affected, but the user tasks are not displayed in the task list.

If you wish to continue to access and update your user task data, open the project in Visual Studio 2013 and copy the content of any user tasks into your preferred project management tool (such as Team Foundation Server).

Tokens and comments

A comment in your code preceded by a comment marker and a predefined token also appears in Task List. For example, the following C# comment has three distinct parts:

  • The comment marker (//)

  • The token, for example (TODO)

  • The comment (the rest of the text)

Because TODO is a predefined token, this comment appears as a TODO task in the list.

Custom tokens

By default, Visual Studio includes the following tokens: HACK, TODO, UNDONE, and UnresolvedMergeConflict. They are not case-sensitive. You can also create your own custom tokens.


Default tokens are available only for the C/C++, C#, and VB languages. To create your own tokens for other programming languages, use the following steps.


To create a custom token:

  1. On the Tools menu, choose Options.

  2. Open the Environment folder and then choose Task List.

    The Task List options page is displayed.

  3. In the Name text box, enter your token name, for example BUG.

  4. In the Priority drop-down list, choose a default priority for the new token.

  5. Choose Add.


The Add button becomes enabled after you enter a name. You must enter a name before clicking Add.

C++ TODO comments

By default, C++ TODO comments are displayed in Task List.

To turn off C++ TODO comments, on the Tools menu, choose Options > Text Editor > C/C++ > View > Enumerate Comment Tasks, and set the value to false.

Microsoft Task List Template


A shortcut is a bookmark in the code that is tracked in Task List. It has a different icon than a regular bookmark. Double-click the shortcut in Task List to go to the corresponding location in the code.

Create a shortcut

Microsoft Excel Daily Task List

To create a shortcut, insert the pointer into the code where you want to place a shortcut. Choose Edit > Bookmarks > Add Task List Shortcut or press Ctrl+K, Ctrl+H.

Microsoft Task List Onenote

To navigate through the shortcuts in the code, choose a shortcut in the list, and then choose Next Task or Previous Task from the shortcut menu.

Microsoft Task List App

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