Contents of the TODOLIST.DOC file
TO DO LIST!:
TO DO LIST is a simple Windows 3.0 utility to help you get your day
organized. It includes a place to note the date and up to 10 locations for
listing tasks to complete. Each location can hold up to 25 characters. If
you need more space, simply use several lines to hold additional information.
You can change the colors of the form as well as specify a default data file
to be loaded when the To Do List is first run.
This program was written using Microsoft Visual Basic version 1.0 to run under
Windows 3.0 and must have the VBRUN100.DLL file located in your path. Simply
place VBRUN100.DLL in your Windows directory (or any convenient directory
in your path) and forget about it. This file is available on most bulletin
boards as well as other sources, and should be obtained and installed prior
to using the To Do List.
Version 1.0Never quite made it to release. Just as I was about to
08-01-91release the program, several fairly major flaws came to light.
By the time they were discovered, version 1.1 was well on the
way to completion. So, version 1.0 was never released.
Version 1.1This version fixed serveral major flaws discovered before
08-11-91version 1.0 was released. Also several new features were
added to the program as well as several "foibles" fixed.
These features are listed below:
**When any option box appears on the screen, the main To Do
List box is disabled from any action. This will force the
user to either complete the action started by the option box
or cancel it and go back to the main form. I found it quite
odd to be able to minimize the To Do List when any other
option box was present on the screen.
**A simple method was added to update the date of the To Do
List. As lists are created and saved to disk, the user may
wish to change the date after opening a list. This can now
be accomplished quite simply with one of the Tools.
**Several "foibles" were repaired such as the order of the
buttons on the configuration boxes and beeps on keyboard
entries where there shouldn't have been any beeps. I made an
attempt to make the code more efficient. As this is written
using Visual Basic, I rewrote segments of the code to call
common code rather than just copying the code.
Version 1.2This version fixed several minor errors, listed below, in the
**Default Data File now shows what the current selection is
when it comes on the screen.
Also the major features listed below were added:
**CUT, COPY, PASTE...These options allow the user to cut,
copy, and paste text to and from the Windows environment.
This is accomplished using the standard clipboard that can be
accessed via any Windows application.
**Insert and Delete Items...These options allow the user to
rearrange the order of the items on the To Do List. All items
above or below the item to be inserted or deleted are moved
up or down by one item accordingly.
This program is being released as Shareware. Please feel free to copy and
distribute it freely amoung your friends and business associates. I would
ask, however, that if you find the program useful (the definition of useful
in this case meaning that you still have it installed after your evaluation,
then it must be useful) please send the registration fee of $8 to:
1313 Riverton Dr.
Mukwonago, WI 53149
Your registration will encourage me to create other useful utilities. You
will also rest assured that you have done your good deed for the day.
Registration has been made simple for the user. Simply run the program and
choose the FILE - ABOUT option from the menu. This information screen has
a registration form on it and can be filled in by the user and printed out
to be mailed in. Please take a few short minutes to register your copy.
The following files should have been included in the ZIP file that you
received (or all files included from whatever your source for this program):
TODOLIST.DOC This file that you are reading.
TODOLIST.EXE The executable code for the To Do List.
TODOLIST.CFG The configuration file that holds color info, etc.
SAMPLE.TDL A sample To Do List data file.
To install the program, simply copy all of the files listed above into a
subdirectory. Remember that you need the VBRUN100.DLL file somewhere in your
path to use the To Do List.
You may run the To Do List several different ways. You could open File
Manager and double click on theTODOLIST.EXE file name. It could also be
installed via Program Manager into any convenient group. Another method of
assuring that the To Do List is routinely run is to install it into your
WIN.INI file. This will assure that whenever Windows is started, the To Do
List will automatically load.
To do this, simply edit your WIN.INI file with a text editor or from within
Windows using the SYSEDIT.EXE function. In the WIN.INI file locate the line
that says LOAD= and insert (Drive):(Path)\TODOLIST.EXE. This will load the
To Do List utility every time that Windows is run.
Operating the To Do List is simply a matter of entering data into the form
and looking back occasionally to check off completed tasks. The following
section of this document describes all of the features and how to use them.
FILE - NEW
The FILE - NEW option of the menu simply wipes all entered information clean
and allows the user to start from a clean form. The current system date is
automatically entered into the date section of the To Do List.
FILE - OPEN
The FILE - OPEN option of the menu allows the user to load in previously saved
data files. When To Do List is first installed, a sample data file named
SAMPLE.TDL is included. This data file has several useful suggestions for
users of the To Do List.
FILE - SAVE
The FILE - SAVE option allows for routine saving of an already named data
file. To name a data file, see the FILE - SAVE AS section below. This
option is most useful in the everyday use of To Do List. As your To Do List
changes, and you check off items that are complete, remember to SAVE the
data file. If you exit To Do List or Windows, this will assure that your
data file will remain intact.
FILE - SAVE AS
Just as the above option, FILE - SAVE, saves your data files, the FILE -
SAVE AS option saves your data files but allows you to assign a file name
unique to your data file. These data file names must follow all standard
DOS conventions. Use only letters and numbers and avoid punctuation. The
file extension .TDL will be added to the file name if the user does not type
FILE - DELETE
As you routinely use To Do List, you will most likely accumulate quite a
large number of data files. These data files may or may not be useful to
you after the events have passed. If you wish to delete these data files,
you may use the FILE - DELETE option of the menu. Simply select the file or
files to be deleted, one at a time, and double click on the file name or
click on the DELETE box. When you are finished deleting files, click on the
DONE box to return to the To Do List.
FILE - PRINT
After you have completed one or several To Do Lists, you may wish to print
them using the FILE - PRINT option. This option simply dumps the To Do List
to the printer specified in your Windows printer setup.
FILE - ABOUT
The FILE - ABOUT option of the menu gives general information about the
program and the programmer. This is also the option that should be used to
register your copy of the To Do List. Simply choose FILE - ABOUT from the
menu, fill in the registration form, print it out, and mail it complete with
the registration fee to the programmer listed.
FILE - EXIT
The FILE - EXIT option of the menu allows the user to completly exit the
To Do List utility and terminate any further To Do List activity.
EDIT - CUT
This option works exactly the same as the CUT option in any Windows
application. Simply highlight the text that you wish to cut and select this
option from the menu. The highlighted text will be deleted and added to the
Windows environment clipboard. You may then use this text to be pasted
someplace else, either in the To Do List or in any other Windows application.
EDIT - COPY
This option, like the CUT option above works the same as other Windows
applications. To copy text among any other applications within the Windows
environment, simply highlight the text and select this option from the menu.
EDIT - PASTE
To past text from the environment clipboard to your To Do List, place the
cursor where you want the text pasted to and select this item from the menu.
Any text that was present on the environment clipboard will be pasted into
your To Do List. The limitations to this operation are the field size of the
item list. Any pasted text that is larger that the item list field size will
be lost. The field sizes are 25 characters for the item lists and 11 for the
EDIT - INSERT ITEM
To insert an item before another item on the list, simply place the cursor
where you wish the new item to be and select this item from the list. Please
note, however, that the last item (if used) on the list will be lost. This
is because we only have room for 10 items. If you attempt to insert an item
when you already have 10 items listed, the 10th item will end up in the bit
EDIT - DELETE ITEM
As you complete tasks, you may wish to delete them from your list. To delete
items from your To Do List, simply place the cursor in the field of the item
that you wish to delete and select this item from the menu. All items below
the deleted item will move up one on the list.
EDIT - SET DATE
If you use just one To Do List data file and keep updating it, you will find
that the date stays the same as the date that you entered (or the date that
was present) when you created the list. As you use the list, you can keep
the date current by selecting this option. The date that is set will be the
system date of your computer system.
CONFIGURE - BACK GROUND COLOR
This option allows the user to adjust the color of the back ground of the
To Do List form. When the form appears on the screen, three controls for
RED, GREEN and BLUE appear. As the user adjusts the controls, the amount of
each color is mixed into the form back ground color. When an acceptable
mixture of back ground color is reached, simply choose the save option. This
will save these colors to the configuration file and all future session of
the To Do List will use this background color. If you wish to revert back
to the old colors, simply choose CANCEL before leaving the configuration menu.
The original colors that were present before entering this menu will appear
on the screen.
CONFIGURE - ITEM LIST COLOR
This option works identically to the CONFIGURE - BACK GROUND COLOR option
described above. All references to back ground color will now apply to
the areas of the To Do List where the user enters information.
CONFIGURE - CHECK BOX COLOR
This option works identically to the CONFIGURE - BACK GROUND COLOR option
described above. All references to back ground color will now apply to just
the check boxes that you select on or off as tasks are completed.
CONFIGURE - DEFAULT DATA FILE
This option allows the user to specify a default data file to be loaded every
time the To Do List is run. The user can choose three options, described
below for the default data file
"NONE"Choosing this option will load the To Do List with no data,
except the current computer system date in the date area of
the To Do List.
"CURRENT DATE"Choosing this option will cause To Do List to search for a
data file with the file name MMDDYY.TDL where the MMDDYY is
replaced by the date from the current computer system date.
For example, on August 6, 1991 the data file would be
080691.TDL. If this file does not exist, then the To Do List
will run just like choosing the "NONE" option above.
"SPECIFY FILE"Choosing this option will also highlight the Filename section
of the default data file form. This will allow the user to
enter a valid DOS filename for a data file to be used until
changed again by the default data file option. Simply enter
a data file name that has already been created or will be
created. This file, if it exists, will automatically be
loaded when the To Do List is run. If this file does not
exist, then the To Do List will run just like choosing the
"NONE" option above.
To Do List version 1.0 is a copyright product of David A. Schoeffel of
Mukwonago, WI. Visual Basic version 1.0, Windows 3.0 and VBRUN100.DLL are
all trade marked and copyrighted products of the Microsoft Corp. of
Redmond, Washington. No warranties, expressed or implied, are extended for
the use of this product or any side effects of the use or misuse of this