How-To: Activate Quick Add Notification for Microsoft To-Do App on Android

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

July 5, 2017

5 Slides


Microsoft's To-Do app, the successor to Wunderlist which the company acquired more than two years ago, has become my daily to do management app.

I use it across all of my Windows 10 devices, including desktop PCs, tablets, and Windows 10 Mobile. I also have it installed on the Samsung Galaxy S8 which goes everywhere with me. While I have read that some users have experienced sync issues between their various installs, since day one this app has worked exactly as advertised and expected for me.

My favorite feature is the daily review of what items I did not get accomplished by their indicated due date and the opportunity to add them back to My Day so they can once again be tracked for completion.

Well, the Android version of To-Do has just received an update that adds a very handy shortcut to the Notifications drop down menu and provides a shortcut for adding new to-do list items to the app.

Previously you had to open the app and start the addition of a to-do item then but this new shortcut, which is turned off by default after the update, gives you the ability to open a small app windows across your screen to add an item quickly.

The new feature, To-Do Quick Add, stays tucked away on the notification menu until you need it.

Check out the gallery for our walkthrough of activating the new feature on the Android version of Microsoft To-Do.


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About the Author(s)

Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.

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