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How to Activate the 'To Do' Button in Mail

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Jun 30, 2013 1:56 PM

Excuse the duplication.  I originally posted this question in the iMac discussion folder but then found this thread.  I hope someone can help me.


The To Do button on Apple Mail is in active, with a statement "The To Do Calendar is unavailable to you until you add the selected account to iCal.  I was not able to add a new CalDAV account in iCal.  When I when through the steps to set up and account (iCal>Preferences>Account>Create) I eventually received a message "No CalDAV servers were found for '' (BTW my ISP is Telus in Canada).  Also the server path box is greyed out and the Port box is blank.  Any ideas about how I can get To Do in Mail to work for me?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • kostby Level 4 Level 4 (2,290 points)
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    Jul 1, 2013 12:07 PM (in response to crispinfromab)

    Welcome to Apple Support Communities. We're all users here.


    You absolutely don't need a CalDav account to create local To Dos.  (More info on CalDav here: one-and-ipad)


    I created a ToDo list attached to my personal iCal calendar and stored it locally 'On My Mac'.

    As you can see in my iCal preferences, there is no CalDav account listed.

    Screen shot 2013-07-01 at 2.54.42 PM.png


    There are a couple of steps involved.


    In Mail, Preferences, Composing be sure you've selected 'Create notes and to dos On My Mac'

    Screen shot 2013-07-01 at 2.44.41 PM.png

    Now in Mail, in the left column, go to the tab titled REMINDERS, and if necessary click the down-button to display Notes and To Dos.


    Now the To Dos icon in the toolbar should be active.

    Screen shot 2013-07-01 at 2.43.58 PM.png


    Once the To Do is created, you can click on the fields in the columns to edit Due Date, Priority, and Calendar

    Screen shot 2013-07-01 at 3.00.43 PM.png

  • kostby Level 4 Level 4 (2,290 points)
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    Jul 3, 2013 10:33 PM (in response to crispinfromab)

    Glad to help, and thanks for the acknowledgment.

    I also get the same message when I pass over the To Do button in the task bar, so it is apparently not a fluke.


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