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Manage your tasks with Remember The Milk for Gmail.

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Frequently asked questions about Remember The Milk for Gmail are answered below. If you still have questions after reading the FAQ, please contact us.


Basics

What is Remember The Milk for Gmail?

Remember The Milk for Gmail is a browser add-on (available as an extension for Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome) that allows you to manage your tasks in Gmail.

For further information, including how to get the add-on, please visit the Remember The Milk for Gmail page.

Which browsers are supported?

Remember The Milk for Gmail requires Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

How do I create tasks by starring?

With the option to create tasks when you star an email turned on (in Gmail, under 'Settings' then 'Tasks'), each time that you star a message, a new task will automatically be created in Remember The Milk.

Things to note:

With this feature, the task will also be automatically completed if you:

  • 'Unstar' the message
  • Reply to the message by clicking on the email icon in the task details
How do I create tasks by labeling?

With the option to create tasks when you label an email turned on (in Gmail, under 'Settings' then 'Tasks'), each time that you label a message with the specified label (e.g. 'To Do'), a new task will automatically be created in Remember The Milk.

Things to note:

With this feature, the task will also be automatically completed if you:

  • Remove the label from the message
  • Reply to the message by clicking on the email icon in the task details
How do I link tasks with Google Calendar?

With the option to auto-suggest events from Google Calendar turned on (in Gmail, under 'Settings' then 'Tasks'), it will detect when you're adding a task related to an event in your calendar, and automatically figure out when your task is due.

You can add tasks like:

  • Organize flowers 2 days before Mother's Day
  • Call Jimmy on Thanksgiving
  • Write up minutes after team meeting
  • Send thank you notes 1 month after my wedding
How do I link tasks with Google Contacts?

With the option to auto-suggest contacts from Google Contacts turned on (in Gmail, under 'Settings' then 'Tasks'), when you add tasks that start with special action keywords, followed by a person's name, Remember The Milk will automatically link up the task with the contact who it's associated with.

You can add tasks like:

  • Call Nathan about report tomorrow
  • Email Caitlin today
  • Ask Alice about trip to Spain
  • Follow up with Jason in 2 months
How do I change the priority for a task?

First, move the mouse over the task to show the task details box. In the top left corner of the box (underneath the "Complete" button), you'll see a coloured ball that indicates priority. Click on this ball, and you can select another priority colour.

Which list will my tasks be added to?

Tasks are added to your default list. If you don't have a default list set, or if your default list is a Smart List, they'll be added to your Inbox list.

How do I hide the tasks pane?

Just click on the arrow to the left of the tasks pane. This will collapse the pane; you can click the arrow again to expand it.

How does this work with multiple Gmail accounts?

With the Remember The Milk for Gmail browser add-on installed, this feature will appear in any Gmail account opened in your browser, and show the tasks from the currently logged in Remember The Milk account. For this reason, this feature may not be suited to shared computing environments.

Preferences for multiple Gmail accounts

If you use multiple Gmail accounts, your preferences will be saved for each Gmail account that you use, so you can customize the display of your tasks for each account.

For example, you may wish to show a Smart List with your work tasks in one Gmail account, and another Smart List with your personal tasks when using another Gmail account. You can also choose different options for sorting and grouping your tasks.

Hiding the feature in a Gmail account

If you'd like to hide the feature from display in one Gmail account, you can do this by clicking on the arrow to the left of the tasks pane. This will collapse the pane; you can click the arrow again to expand it.

How can I remove this feature?

To remove this feature from Gmail:

In Firefox

  1. In the Firefox browser, click the Tools menu then Add-ons.
  2. Select Remember The Milk for Gmail.
  3. Click the Uninstall button.

When you restart Firefox, Remember The Milk for Gmail will be uninstalled.

In Chrome

  1. In the Chrome browser, click the Tools menu then Extensions. (In some versions on Mac OS X, you may need to click the Window menu then Extensions.)
  2. Select Remember The Milk for Gmail.
  3. Click the Uninstall button.

The extension is immediately removed. (There's no need to restart Chrome.)


Settings

How do I change the settings for the add-on?

You'll find settings available by clicking on Settings in Gmail, then Tasks.

How do I change the default due date?

The default due date affects starred and labeled emails, and tasks without due dates. You can change this option by clicking on Settings in Gmail, then Tasks.

How do I disable auto-suggest for events and contacts?

This option is available by clicking on Settings in Gmail, then Tasks.