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Add a To-Do List to the Desktop

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Do you want easy access to a to-do list or another list that you need to see?

This How-To Article shows you how to add a list to your Active Desktop.

Add a To-Do List to the Desktop

Important Note: You must have the Active Desktop enabled to use this article's information.

1. Click the Start button, point to Programs, point to Accessories, and click "Notepad" from the menu that appears.

2. Type the following:

To-Do 1<BR><BR>
To-Do 2<BR><BR>
To-Do 3<BR><BR>

3. Replace "To-Do 1", "To-Do 2", etc. with your actual To-Do items. You can also add as many To-Do items as you want, as long as you type: <BR><BR> after each entry.

Tip: You can use any standard HTML tags in this file.

4. Once you have finished editing the file, click the File menu and select "Save As...".

5. From the "Save in:" drop-down menu, select "C:\".

6. From the "Save as type:" drop-down menu, select "All Files".

7. Enter the file name you would like to save the file as, being sure to end the file with ".htm" (without the quotes). (Example: todo.htm)

8. Click Save.

9. Close Notepad.

10. Right-click the Desktop, point to Active Desktop, and select "Customize My Desktop".

11. Click the "New..." button.

12. From the window that appears, click the "Browse..." button.

13. From the "Look in:" drop-down menu, select "C:\".

14. From the display of files, click the file name (which you saved the file as, in Step 7), and click Open.

15. Click OK.

16. Click the Apply button.

17. Click OK.

18. You now have created an Active Desktop item.

Tip: To edit your To-Do list, just open the file you saved, and edit it in Notepad. To make it even easier, create a shortcut to the file and put it on the Desktop.

Tip: Technically, you can put any type of HTML document on the Desktop. Try adding other types of documents. Just be sure to add: <BR><BR> when you want a line break. You can also use any HTML tags in the Active Desktop file.

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