Google continues to improve its productivity tools by pushing the integration of these different services ever further. Today, Google Calendar and Tasks are benefiting from a new option which will please some users and annoy others.
Google Calendar has just rolled out a feature that allows you to hide completed tasks. Now you can choose whether or not to show tasks you’ve checked off as done to focus on your new priorities. We’ll explain how it works.
Real synergy between your tasks and Google Calendar
Google Calendar is one of the most popular tools for planning activities, appointments and projects. You can also create tasks there and synchronize them with the Google Tasks application. This feature allows you to easily manage your to-do lists and integrate them into your calendar.
To create a task with Google Calendar, simply click on the blue icon found in the right sidebar when you are on the web version. You can then enter your task title, due date and time, and optionally add details or subtasks. You can also drag and drop a task onto your calendar to schedule it for a specific time.
How to hide or show completed tasks with Google Calendar
If you often use the feature to create tasks from Google Calendar, you may have noticed that your calendar quickly fills up with completed tasks. This can make your schedule less readable and prevent you from seeing clearly what awaits you.
Today, Google Calendar just rolled out an option that now hides completed tasks by default. This way, you can have a clearer view of your goals, and avoid being distracted by what you’ve already done.
This new automation comes from a good intention on the part of Google which does not want to clutter your calendar with completed tasks. However, some people like to see work accomplished and want to keep completed tasks “greyed out” on their calendar.
Nothing could be simpler, just click on the period selector (Day, Week, Month, Year, Schedule or 4 days) at the top of your calendar, and check or uncheck “Show completed tasks”.
If you check this box, completed tasks will appear on your calendar as usual. If you uncheck it, they will be hidden and will only be visible in the Google Tasks application.
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Recently, Google also improved the integration of the Calendar application with Gmail, to create an event directly from your mailbox.