By default, if you click the "Gmail" in the upper-left corner, and select Tasks, you'll get a pop-up window in the bottom-right corner with the todo-list.

It can be minimised, but then the tasks aren't visible, which makes it less useful. Keeping it open is a problem, because it blocks a part of the Inbox, and just gets in the way visually.

Is there a way to have the "Tasks" list, or something like it, but which fits into the sidebar on the left, under the menu, i.e. as an alternative to the Chat list?

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There is actually a way to display this very same Tasks gadget inside the sidebar, rather than an overlaid window.

  1. Settings > Labs > Enable Add any gadget by URL

  2. Go to Gadgets tab and enter the URL http://www.google.com/ig/modules/tasks.xml . Click Add.


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Reference: http://www.keanei.com/2011/11/04/adding-google-tasks-to-the-main-gmail-window/

  • Perfect! Is there a way to adjust the length of the task list?
    – jaydeepsb
    Commented Aug 4, 2014 at 9:30
  • @jaydeepsb It scrolls when it gets too long. I keep it short — just to remember stuff to do at home (when at work) and vice versa. Commented Aug 20, 2014 at 10:42
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    Sidebar gadgets are deprecated and not supported anymore developers.google.com/gmail/sidebar_gadgets 'Add any gadget by URL' is not available anymore...
    – Clement
    Commented Sep 22, 2014 at 23:54

As of now Gmail sidebar gadgets are deprecated and will soon cease to be supported.

But there is a chrome addon called RightTasks for Gmail™.

Adds your Google Tasks to a right sidebar in Gmail, like in Google Calendar. RightTasks places your Google Tasks in a right sidebar in Gmail, like in Google Calendar.


Reference: https://github.com/ghinda/gmail-righttasks


With the new Gmail (Google is about to get rid of Inbox), you can get your tasks fixed to the right hand side as long as you move your chat window to the left (standard). If you leave your chat on the right, the tasks will keep opening on a floating window

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