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Tracking your tasks with Reminders

From: Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training

Video: Tracking your tasks with Reminders

Mountain Lion introduces another application that's already found on iOS devices, and it's called Reminders. Reminders, as the name implies, is Mountain Lion's to-do application. Yes, you could create to-do's in the old iCal. But the feature was hidden and not terribly capable. Having them in their own application is a step in the right direction. So let's take a look. Go down to the Dock and I'll choose Reminders, and here are my reminders. On the left side are projects. On the right are my reminders.

Tracking your tasks with Reminders

Mountain Lion introduces another application that's already found on iOS devices, and it's called Reminders. Reminders, as the name implies, is Mountain Lion's to-do application. Yes, you could create to-do's in the old iCal. But the feature was hidden and not terribly capable. Having them in their own application is a step in the right direction. So let's take a look. Go down to the Dock and I'll choose Reminders, and here are my reminders. On the left side are projects. On the right are my reminders.

If I'd like to create a new reminder, I have a couple of ways to do it. One, I could click on the plus button. Otherwise, I can simply click on a line and add the reminder. So I've entered my reminder. And now there's an info button, and let's click on that to configure the reminder. Here's the name. I can have it choose to remind me on a particular day, and I can also choose a location, and this is very powerful. If you have location services turned on at this point, it may ask you if you'd like to use your current location.

I don't have location services turned on at this point so I've skipped that warning. But don't be surprised if you see it, if location is working on your Mac. Because it can't use my current location, how about if I just enter some address I make up. So let's see. What do you know? That's in Contacts. Okay. I can have this reminder go off when I'm leaving this location or when I am arriving at that location. Well, swell, Chris, you say, what good is that? I don't happen to have my Mac with me when I'm out and about visiting this mythical location.

You don't, but you do have your iPhone with you, and that's the best part about this. This will sync with your iPhone. So when you're leaving this location, a little reminder will pop up on your iPhone and say, "By the way, eat your vegetables." Location-based reminders are very, very cool and something you should take advantage of if you have an iPhone. These don't work on other iOS devices but they do work on an iPhone. You can choose when to repeat this, everyday, a week, two weeks, month, or a year.

You can assign it a priority if you like. So we'll make this a medium priority and you can add notes to it, and click on Done. When I do that, because I made it of medium importance, couple of exclamation marks, tells me what the details are of this in an easy to see format. So what happens when I completed the task? Simple enough. Click on the box next to it. It disappears. But where did it go? It's in my completed reminders. And here it is, "Eat my vegetables" along with the other things that I've already completed.

Now I can create other projects as well and to do so, I click on the plus button below the projects area, and here's my new list. Here's my list here, and those are the two important things I need to do for my upcoming vacation. Now notice this little broadcast icon here. This is because my reminders are synced with iCloud. So these reminders are now being sent out to all my iOS devices and my other Macintoshes that happen to be using the iCloud service.

If you like, you can also create reminders that are tied to a specific date. Click on the Calendar icon. Let's say one for December 25th. I believe that is a traditional reminder on the 25th of December. And also, of course, there's a search field at the top of the window. If you're looking for a specific reminder, just type in the keyword and the reminder will appear to the right. And with that, you can take Learn about Reminders off your things-to-do list.

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Mac OS X Mountain Lion Essential Training

76 video lessons · 21383 viewers

Christopher Breen
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  1. 1m 4s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
  2. 6m 56s
    1. Installing Mountain Lion
      6m 56s
  3. 47m 16s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      4m 11s
    2. Touring the Finder
      3m 29s
    3. Staying current with Software Update
      2m 52s
    4. Configuring Gatekeeper settings
      3m 17s
    5. Getting on the Internet
      5m 36s
    6. Setting up iCloud
      4m 55s
    7. Understanding AutoSave and documents in the cloud
      4m 42s
    8. Configuring Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring your printer
      3m 39s
    10. Protecting your data with Time Machine
      4m 28s
    11. Learn your way around the Mac App Store
      5m 34s
  4. 11m 17s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      6m 6s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 11s
  5. 23m 35s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 15s
    2. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      9m 38s
    3. Examining the basic system preferences
      2m 42s
  6. 1h 13m
    1. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      5m 49s
    2. Modifying Language & Text settings
      4m 5s
    3. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 18s
    4. Getting notifications
      4m 38s
    5. Configuring displays and AirPlay
      2m 20s
    6. Using Energy Saver
      6m 1s
    7. Setting up Bluetooth wireless devices
      3m 39s
    8. Sharing files on a network
      6m 1s
    9. Configuring sharing
      6m 28s
    10. Editing your users and groups
      6m 48s
    11. Setting rules with Parental Controls
      7m 4s
    12. Taking notes with Dictation & Speech
      6m 0s
    13. Exploring the Accessibility settings
      5m 54s
    14. Listening with Sound
      2m 53s
  7. 36m 2s
    1. Organizing your business with Mail
      12m 42s
    2. Scheduling time with Calendar
      8m 32s
    3. Keeping tabs with Contacts
      5m 30s
    4. Tracking your tasks with Reminders
      3m 39s
    5. Staying in touch using Messages
      5m 39s
  8. 37m 18s
    1. Tracking your documents in TextEdit
      7m 3s
    2. Looking up words in Dictionary
      1m 56s
    3. Keeping notes with Notes
      3m 48s
    4. Working with images in Preview
      6m 14s
    5. Working with PDFs in Preview
      4m 27s
    6. Installing fonts with Font Book
      4m 42s
    7. Posting a note in Stickies
      1m 55s
    8. Adding things up with Calculator
      4m 46s
    9. Organizing apps with Launchpad
      2m 27s
  9. 34m 5s
    1. Navigating the web
      3m 38s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      4m 49s
    3. Using Reading List
      2m 4s
    4. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 44s
    5. Viewing and saving PDFs
      3m 24s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      2m 20s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      1m 59s
    8. Working with preferences in Safari
      11m 1s
    9. Managing your Internet footprint
      3m 6s
  10. 8m 48s
    1. Playing media in QuickTime
      4m 15s
    2. Recording videos with QuickTime
      4m 33s
  11. 10m 13s
    1. Video conferencing with FaceTime
      3m 38s
    2. Taking pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 47s
    3. The great utility of Image Capture
      2m 48s
  12. 12m 40s
    1. Writing a simple Automator workflow
      4m 15s
    2. Creating an Automator application
      2m 20s
    3. Setting up an Automator calendar workflow
      2m 31s
    4. Creating an Automator service
      3m 34s
  13. 22m 1s
    1. Managing processes in Activity Monitor
      5m 13s
    2. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      8m 58s
    3. Taking care of your passwords
      4m 1s
    4. Setting up a Windows install with Boot Camp
      3m 49s
  14. 14m 57s
    1. Creating a boot drive
      3m 19s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      4m 5s
    3. Exploring troubleshooting techniques
      7m 33s
  15. 19m 35s
    1. Getting your game on
      4m 1s
    2. Integrating with Facebook and Twitter
      2m 38s
    3. Advanced tips and tricks
      9m 35s
    4. Sharing files with AirDrop
      3m 21s
  16. 30s
    1. Goodbye
      30s

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