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Google recently added Tasks via a Gmail Labs add-on. I find this simple task list to be quite useful. However, it's tied to Gmail in that Gmail has to be open in a browser window for it to function. The "pop-out" feature is nice, but the Tasks lists automatically closes when the main Gmail window is closed.

Shortly after the initial launch, Google announced a version of Tasks optimized for mobile clients. If I had an iPhone, that'd be great, but I don't. However, I was able to exploit this to make a Gmail Task application!

I used Fluid to run the Gmail Tasks designed for the iPhone to get a simple task list that doesn't require you to keep Gmail open. Gmail Tasks for iPhone is only displayed for mobile broswers, so you'll need to swap the User Agent string in Fluid to make this work.

Create a Fluid App pointing to http://mail.google.com/tasks (Google Apps users should use http://mail.google.com/tasks/a/YOURDOMAIN). The first start-up will fail, because you need to swap the User Agent to Mobile Safari. In your Fluid app, under the application menu, choose User Agent and select Other... and put in the User Agent String for the current Mobile Safari:
Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5H11 Safari/525.20
Restart your app and you're done! A more in depth write up with pictures is on my blog.
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I'm having problems getting this tip to work
Authored by: VesperDEM on Mar 06, '09 11:14:21AM

I followed the instructions, but I still get the "Tasks in Labs" page. I am not a Google Apps user.

Has anyone else managed to get this to work? Am I having a Safari 4 beta problem?



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I'm having problems getting this tip to work
Authored by: thadman08 on Mar 06, '09 12:00:17PM

I'm running the Safari 4 beta and not having any issues with this.

Make sure first that you have Gmail Tasks activated- You'll find them under the 'Labs' flask. After that, the only other thing that might pop up us getting the UserAgent string correct. Make sure it's all on one line.



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I'm having problems getting this tip to work
Authored by: Red Phoenix on Mar 06, '09 12:06:35PM
I had the same problem, even after changing the user agent. It turned out it was remembering the last page I had been on, which was the page you're talking about. There must be at least two ways to fix this (I did the second):

1. Type Command-Shift-H to tell it to go to the home page, which should be the real tasks page.
2. Hit the lozenge in the upper right corner to show the location bar, and change the location to " http://mail.google.com/tasks ". Hit the lozenge again.

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I'm having problems getting this tip to work
Authored by: VesperDEM on Mar 07, '09 03:01:41PM

Got it! Thanks. It was remembering the last page I had seen.

Hitting Command-Shift-H got it to display the data the way it should.

I knew you guys would help me to figure out why I wasn't seeing the tasks correctly!

Thanks!



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Create a Gmail Tasks standalone application
Authored by: Jokke72 on Mar 10, '09 06:06:15AM

Cool, thanks for the hint.
I converted my GoogleTaskapp to a menuitem, now it sits in my menubar and i can click it when i need it.



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Create a Gmail Tasks standalone application
Authored by: mrogers on Mar 17, '09 01:02:58PM
Even better, you can use this url.

http://mail.google.com/tasks/ig

It includes all of the dynamic functionality like pressing enter to get a new task, tab to indent, etc.

It has a few quirks like though. If you press ctrl-N to open a new window, the new window will be missing a few things, like the list header. I did this so I could see 2 lists at once. To fix it, just use the lists menu in the bottom right and click Refresh list. Seems to bring everything back to working order.

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Create a Gmail Tasks standalone application
Authored by: abuhafsa on Mar 30, '09 09:54:18AM
Before the hint came out I had tried all the different ways to access gmail tasks separate from the browser. The best way I found was to create a dashboard widget. You can use do that using the 'Open in dashboard' menu item in Safari 3 and 4. Check out the details on my blog.

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Create a Gmail Tasks standalone application
Authored by: Laurenz on Jun 29, '11 09:29:35AM
I suggest also to try the Mac AppStore version available here: Go Tasks for Mac

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