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4injas Level 1 Level 1

Did Apple do away with To Do in Lion Mail? I can't find it and I rely on it!

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • jk_baller23 Level 4 Level 4

    I haven't been able to find this feature myself either.  I would suggest using Notes and making a To Do list.

  • 4injas Level 1 Level 1

    I am using notes that is where Lion put everything without the due dates. How do I make a To Do List and will it show up in my Reminders via Mail? I use this for a deadline list and I miss it terribly since I can't get reminders, alerts, etc for a looming deadline. Thanks!

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  • theBigD23 Level 1 Level 1

    It looks like ToDos has been removed from Lion in Mail. You can use iCal to update the ToDos. I miss it too.

  • David Barrett3 Level 1 Level 1

    Yes Apple seem to have removed to do functionality from mail, which, although it wasn't very elegant, at least had some integration with iCal so we could schedule tasks from within mails. The removeal of to dos has completely broken my simple scheduling workflow. So now we have to find another mail application that can schedule with a calendar app, or there's an inelegant workaround:


    You still can't drag a mail into the Reminders panel (used to be to dos). But you can drag them onto a date, which creates an event. You can then drag that event into the reminders panel and delete it from from the date. Then you can uncheck the "all day" in the reminder and you have a reminder linked to the mail which you can set alarms for etc. Like I said, pretty inelegant (which is me being very diplomatic given the context).


    I suppose you could do some thing with flags within the new mail but I can't see away to set alarms on them.


    But for me it looks like I'll have to go back to Office 2011's Outlook if I am to have a scheduling workfolw that is any use. Shame.

  • jsolonin Level 1 Level 1

    I too used ToDos extensively.   After conversion I found them in iCal reminders.   Have not checked the functionality, but at least they were not wiped out!!!   :-)



  • David Barrett3 Level 1 Level 1

    Not wiped out but certainly hobbled. Now when a customer or a friend sends us a mail that requries action to be scheduled we can't do what we did before: schedule it from withn mail and have that intergate with iCal. As I said the intergration was fairly primative, but it was there and useful. I put up with it being primative becasue Outlook and Entourage before it were sophisticated and bloated to the point of distraction, even if they are very good at what mail now can't do at all. Still we can always add a coloured flag (without any kind of alarm or reminder).


    I'll be trying the workaround I mentioned for a few weeks but I expect I'll end up having to use Outlook. Like I said: shame.

  • Thebestplacehere Level 3 Level 3

    Yea is only notes in mail and reminders in ical..

    Also is coming a new app reminders with iOS5 and icloud so like reminders in ical is getting more done and the ToDo in mail is gone..

    So now you have nothing to do in mail just notes to help you remember reminders  in ical ..

  • John Hammer1 Level 4 Level 4

    Here is a good tutorial on iCal to-dos/reminders:

  • Thebestplacehere Level 3 Level 3

    But in .me in safari it show ToDo and no reminders so  reminders that you create in ical show like new reminder in the ToDo section in .me and ToDo create in .me show like new todo in the reminder section in ical.. With icloud ToDo in .me will change to Reminders too almost sure but again reminder that you create in ical or even todo no reminder soon that you create in .me in safari they don't show in mail anymore and i don't know if with icloud and iOS5 the reminders will show in mail or only the notes like now.It makes sense to me ...Screen Shot 2011-07-24 at 23.48.46.png

  • Thebestplacehere Level 3 Level 3

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  • Ivan H Level 1 Level 1
    Mac OS X

    My work practice has been severely disturbed because ToDo is wiped out from Mail 5.0 in Lion!  Is it an upgrade, or a down-grade? Business Continuity is lost and Operations disturbed!  Should Apple announce it, and consult users?  Where are those development people who tested Lion beta?  Why isn't there any warning before Lion's launch?


    By the way, is there any iPhone apps that can show all the Reminders on a list?

  • David Barrett3 Level 1 Level 1

    Ivan, if you haven't already, please make your representation here:

  • 4injas Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for all the replies!


    I am a designer and rely on To Do's 24/7. I write my job notes, hours, attach specs, etc and now I am missing a limb. I will be forced to find other software since it became my go to. I really don't understand the why of removing it when it was an option and could be ignored by those who have no use for it.


    Actually, I am tired of Apple catering to the non-business sector and kicking us to the curb on so many fronts. The bells and whistles remove the actual working parts that serve a purpose in the daily grind.

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