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The iPad's Calendar app is a great way to make and keep track of events, but it doesn't provide a way to create to-do items like wash the car, or tune the piano, that you don't necessarily have to assign to a specific date and time. That's a job for the Reminders app, which I'll show you now. Tap Reminders on the Home screen, and you'll see the Reminder screen. By default, on the left side of the screen are the names of any Reminder lists, as well as a completed entry. To select the list just tap it, let's tap the Home list.
On the right side of the screen are the reminders that are associated with the selected list, so in this case, pickup dry-cleaning is associated with a Home list. To create a new reminder, just select a list and tap on the plus button in the top right corner of the display. For example, I need to pick up some dog food, so I'll type Buy dog food, and press Return. Let's add one more, Buy cat food, press Return, and then we'll hide the keyboard. Creating reminders is all well and good, provided that you bother to look at them, but we often don't. For this reason, it makes sense to have your iPad bug you every so often. To do that, tap on a Reminder and we'll use our dog food reminder. In the Details window that appears tap on Remind Me.
In the resulting window, flip the On a Day switch to on. The current date appears, along with the time shortly in the future, tap on that date, and choose a different day and time for that reminder to go off. It will appear as a notification on the iPad screen when the time arrives. We're done with that so we'll tap Done. Now let's tap on that item again. You'll see that you have the option to repeat that reminder. Now this is helpful if you need to remind yourself to drag the trash bins out to the curb every Wednesday night, so let's tap on Repeat, and you can see that you can have this repeat every so often. This could be every day, every week, every 2 weeks, every month and every year.
My dog gets hungry once a week, so we'll tap Every Week, and tap Done. You can could also assign a priority to the reminder, tap Show More, tap Priority and choose None, Low, Medium or High. In this case, my dog gets really hungry and he gets a little nasty when he gets hungry, so let's tap High, and tap Done. You can tap on List to choose a different calendar. So, for example, if I decided that this was a work task I could choose that instead, and then that item would move over to the work list. We're not going to do that in this case, so we'll tap Done. You can also add notes to this, so, for example, I'll tap on Notes.
He likes a particular brand of dog food, we call it puppy crunch, so I'm going to add puppy crunch, press Return and press Done. Now let's select the item one more time, as you can probably guess tapping Delete at the bottom of the window deletes the reminder. We'll keep it and tap Done. Now here on the main screen, you can tick off any complete reminders by tapping on the check box next to them. When you do this, your reminder appears not only on the associated list, but also within the completed list, so will tap Completed, and here is our Completed task which is pick up dry cleaning.
Couple more things before we leave reminders. Tap on the Edit button and you'll see that you can delete reminder lists by tapping on the minus button next to them and then tapping Delete. So, for example, I can get rid of that by tapping Delete and sure enough it's gone, and then I tap Done. You can additionally create new reminder lists by tapping on the Create New List entry, so you do that by tapping Edit, and then Create New List. Name your list, we'll call that Vacation, and tap Done, and tap Done once again to leave the Edit screen.
Finally, perhaps one of the most important Reminders features is that it's iCloud friendly. So we'll press the Home button, tap Settings, tap iCloud, and take a look at the Reminder switch, here it's set to on. This means that when you go to the iCloud Settings screen and switch on Reminders, whenever you create a reminder on a device that has iCloud reminder syncing enabled, those reminders will be synced with your devices; that your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and the copy of iCal on your Macintosh computer. And that covers reminders on the iPad.
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