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Visual Studio Task List

Using the Visual Studio Task List to streamline productivity

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Visual Studio contains a nice feature that is a Task List. This view is similar to the Output view but shows all the tasks associated with the project or solution.

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To view the task list select View menu then Task list (Ctrl+W, T). Tasks can be added with the "Create User Task" button and checked off when done.

Visual Studio Task List
Visual Studio Task List

The best feature for me, however, is its ability to automatically add and track TODO comments in your source code. When coding I often add a comment for things that need fixing or implementing in the future, the task list will pick up on these items so you can view them all and go directly to them.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using System.Collections;
namespace ConsoleApplication1
  class Program
    static void Main(string[] args)
      myArrayList myList = new myArrayList();
      // TODO: Genereate these dynamically
  class myArrayList : System.Collections.ArrayList
    public override string ToString()
      //HACK: This is a messy way, but works for now. Make it better.
      string result = "";
      //UNDONE: Removed for testing
      //string[] theItems = (string[])base.ToArray(typeof(string));
      foreach (string item in theItems)
        result += " " + item;
      return result;

This code will be scanned by the task list view and will pick up on the comment tags TODO, HACK and UNDONE.

You can define your own tags from the options screen (Tools » Options » Environment » Task List »Task List Options and add a comment token with the appropriate priority). FIXME is my personal favourite.

Visual Studio Task List - Comment Tags
Visual Studio Task List - Comment Tags

Last updated on: Thursday 22nd June 2017




This will replace half of my one note list

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