Create Your Own One Goal Taskbar Reminder (With No Added Software)

Have you ever wanted to pin a note to your taskbar, reminding you about the one thing that you should be doing? Here's a way to do it without installing any extra software.

What we'll be doing is creating a new toolbar on the Windows Taskbar pointing to a folder that contains a single shortcut, and using the name of the shortcut as our reminder. To make it even easier, the shortcut points to an AutoHotkey script that can rename itself with a simple popup dialog box — make sure that you've got AutoHotkey installed before you proceed.

Setting Up Your One Goal Taskbar Reminder

To setup your own reminder on the taskbar, you'll need to start by downloading and extracting this zipfile, which already contains the script, two icons and an empty folder called Taskbar, and then save the folder somewhere safe-like your Dropbox folder, which gives you the added benefit of syncing your One Goal across all your PCs.

The Taskbar folder is the one we'll be using as a toolbar on the Windows Taskbar, and this is the one important step you have to do yourself: create a shortcut inside the Taskbar folder to the switch.ahk file — the easiest thing to do is right-click and drag the switch.ahk file over to the Taskbar folder, and then choose Create Shortcut Here.

Next, right-click the shortcut you created, open up the properties and assign an icon to the shortcut, making sure at the same time that the "Start in" folder is set to the OneGoal directory, and not the Taskbar directory.

Now that we're all ready with the folder setup, it's time to add it to the taskbar by right-clicking and heading to Toolbars –> New toolbar, and then browsing to the OneGoal –> Taskbar directory and adding it. While you're at it, you can un-check the "Lock the taskbar" option so we can resize the toolbar to fit.

The last step is right-clicking the newly created taskbar toolbar, un-checking "Show title" and making sure "Show Text" is checked, so you can actually see the full text of the item on the toolbar. Once you've tweaked and positioned it the way you want, you may want to lock the taskbar again.

You can easily customise the AutoHotkey script to say anything you want instead of the default text. Here's the very, very simple script, which simply pops up an input box, and then takes whatever you type and renames the shortcut with that text as the name.

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Run, cmd /C rename taskbar* "%UserInput%.lnk"


At this point you should see your One Goal on the taskbar, and clicking on the item will launch a tiny AutoHotkey dialog that will ask you what the one thing you should be doing is, and replace the current item with whatever that is. You'll need to make sure not to use any special characters that can't be used in a Windows filename, but otherwise you can type whatever you want.


    Team - The AHK script is launching and I have the taskbar setup appropriately on the Vista machine I am using but the Dialogue value never migrates to the tool bar. Ideas?

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