Reader Shawn writes in with his method for quickly adding tasks to Remember the Milk—a shortcut key that simply launches the quick add page.
Remember the Milk has an official quick add bookmarklet that turns the current page into a task, but when you navigate to the URL without any parameters, it becomes a great way to quickly add a new item to your to-do list. Since Shawn always has Firefox open, he simply added a shortcut to his desktop with a shortcut key assigned in the properties window—to instantly launch the add task screen regardless of which application has focus.
To create a similar setup for your own desktop, you can follow his simple steps:
- Navigate to http://www.rememberthemilk.com/services/ext/addtask.rtm in your browser, and then drag the icon over to your desktop.
- Open up the properties and assign a hotkey (I used Ctrl+Alt+T).
- Use the hotkey from anywhere, Firefox will open the link in a new tab and you can add your task in a flash.
You’ll want to make sure that the shortcut is placed either on the desktop or the start menu, because Windows doesn’t parse the shortcut keys from other folders—but this could be an excellent bookmark or even a quick launch icon. Thanks, Shawn!