Task List Views
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Task List Views

Visual Studio .NET 2003

On the View menu, choose Show Tasks to display the available categories of Task List entries. Select a view, then click any column heading to sort the Task List entries displayed in that view by the value in that column. Selecting and sorting task views allows you to arrange your development tasks in the order you prefer to work on them.

You can double-click most entries in the Task List to open the appropriate Visual Studio editor with the insertion point positioned at a specific location in your code.

Note   The categories of Task List entries available can change, depending upon which Visual Studio program you are currently using. A custom application might display different icons for certain message categories than those shown below.

Task Views and Message Categories

The Show Tasks views display the following sets of messages:

Previous View
Restores the last Task List view chosen before the current view.
Displays all categories of Task List entries for every file you are currently editing. In the case of Visual C++ projects, displays all tasks present in the CURRENT FILE.
Displays links to comments in your code.


Click these tasks to jump to lines in your code that begin with the comment mark for the language (for example, // or '), followed by a comment token (TODO, HACK, UNDONE, or a custom string). To remove a Comment from the Task List, delete the token string from the comment in your code.

Note   Links to HTML and XML comments are not displayed in the Task List.
Build Errors
Links to problems noted as you build or deploy projects.


Click these tasks to jump to code that triggered build problems. Errors are automatically assigned a High priority, and Warnings are given a Normal priority. C++ tasks can be checked off as you complete them. To remove a Build Error from the Task List, fix the problem described and then recompile your project.

Reminders hand-entered in the Task List window.


These reminders can be checked off as you complete them. Separate sets of User notes are stored for each user within each solution. You can edit or delete your own User notes.

Links to bookmarks in your code.


To set a Shortcut, place the insertion point in the desired line of code, then select Bookmarks from the Edit menu and choose Add Task List Shortcut. You can edit Shortcut names and change their priorities, and check these tasks off as you complete them. To remove a Shortcut from the Task List, click the Shortcut to position the insertion point in the line of code, select Bookmarks from the Edit menu, and choose Remove Task List Shortcut.

Links to problems noted by the Template Description Language (TDL) compiler as Enterprise Template policies are applied.

To remove a Policy message from the Task List, fix the problem described. If there is a problem in a code file, you will need to save or rebuild the edited file as well.

Current File
Displays those Task List entries associated with the open Visual Studio file that currently has the focus.
Displays those Task List entries with check boxes that are selected.
Displays those Task List entries with check boxes that are cleared, and all entries that do not have check boxes.
Links to problem code that triggers IntelliSense validation errors.


Problem code will be marked in the editor with a red wavy underline. These warnings are displayed as Build Errors in the Task List window as you move from item to item within your code. To remove an IntelliSense code validation error, click the link to jump to the problem in your code, and fix the problem indicated.

Note   Selecting the Comment, User, Shortcut, Policy, or Checked task views will conceal any IntelliSense messages from view.

See Also

Task List Window | Creating Custom Comment Tokens | Finding Lines of Code | Annotating Code

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