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Jared Galanis Level 1 Level 1

It seems that there is no way to set a due date for a task in Reminders on Mountain Lion.  In Lion in iCal you could set a Due Date that was different than the reminders you could set for a task.  It seems obvious to me that reminders are different than due dates.  Reminders can occur multiple times leading up to and on the due date (and perhaps even after a due date), but it is helpful to set a due date.  Hopefully Apple will bring this functionality over to Reminders from the Lion version of iCal, as this is a downgrade in this one respect for me.

Solved by Richard Anderson6 on May 9, 2014 1:43 PM Solved

This seemed to work perfectly for me.  But I can't make it happen again.

  • rkdav Level 1 Level 1

    I agree.  Oddly, when I installed Mountain Lion, I had a number of tasks in iCal that came into Reminders with the Due Date box and everything.  The problem seems to be an inability to create new tasks/reminders with a due date.  Instead, all I can do is create a Reminder at a certain time on a certain date but the Due Date check box never appears.  Again, this is on new Reminders only.

  • Jared Galanis Level 1 Level 1

    Yes that's it. Also I noticed that in Reminders on mountain lion there is some functionality for due dates on the sidebar calendar. A little dot appears on the dates that have tasks with due dates on those dates. I also had tasks like you that show the due date field that were created in lion iCal.

  • Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8

    After having created a reminder, click on the little that appears when you hover over the right side of the list.

    Or, when creating a reminder, add the time and date, like this:

    "Say Hello 6:32 pm today"

    Screen Shot 2012-07-28 at 6.35.36 PM.png


    Screen Shot 2012-07-28 at 6.31.56 PM.png

  • Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8

    I was thinking you meant the reminder time.

    However, having played with it a bit, you can trick it into a due date by setting the time before the current time, snooze the alert, then edit the Due date.


    Ok, disregard. It worked several times, but now I can't get it to display the due date after snoozing.


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  • Jared Galanis Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks Barney-15E, that did work for me too when I tried it.  And yes, this is about due dates, not reminder times - those I saw pretty quickly how to handle.


    The only issue you with the trick you figured out is that you can't do it for future dates, right?  In a way, this defeats much of the purpose as due dates are so often in the future rather than the same day or in the past. 


    I would imagine they will figure this out and address it pretty soon.


    Has anyone figured out how to share reminder lists on a machine running os x server?  this was also possible in ical in lion, but no longer with the new Reminders application. 


    i have another post on this subject, but figured I would ask here to.

  • Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8

    Well, I figured once you had the due date field, you could just change it to a future date.

  • Jared Galanis Level 1 Level 1

    ah, good point.

  • manu27 Level 1 Level 1

    Exactly, that helped me. I used a previous "done" reminders I had with iCal with a due date. Then with a simple copy/paste of this model you can access again to the due date field for any new reminders.

  • kristinefromcrestview Level 1 Level 1

    I have that same concern.  Apple, please bring back the DUE DATE in REMINDERS.  Thank you!

  • scribsac Level 1 Level 1

    I have discovered a workaround. The key is to create your reminders with a due date from within the calendar on Once you do that, they should then appear in your Reminders apps with the due date option available alongside of the option to set an alert. I have detailed the process with screenshots on my blog:



    I sure hope Apple makes an easier way to do this. I'm pretty disappointed in the Reminders app as it stands right now. Anyway, enjoy.

  • rkdav Level 1 Level 1

    That certainly will work.  The other workaround I found is to create reminders in Readdle's 2Do which I use on my iPad and iPhone.  That solves the problem, too.  Perhaps Apple will get this straightened out.  The Reminders app as it stands now is pretty anemic.

  • Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8

    I would suggest everyone hit the feedback page and make the suggestion. Since there is a Due date field, it only makes sense that it should always be available.


    There doesn't appear to be a specific page for Reminders, so here is the link to the Mac OS X feedback page (still badged with Lion):

  • aholtz Level 1 Level 1

    You can also type in the due date and time right in the reminder:


    "Remind me to pick up milk at 8am on August 12th"


    You'll see the reminder built for the 12th with just the words "Remind me to pick up milk"

  • rkdav Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks, aholtz.  That's helpful to me and I didn't know that feature existed apart from speaking that with Siri on IOS.  What I'd like, though, is simply to be able to assign tasks to a certain date (due date) without fooling with setting date/time reminders.

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