The Real Simple To-Do Lists iPhone® Application

Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions

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Overview: How To Download the Application


Overview: How To Use the Application


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How much does it cost to download the application?
  2. What kind of to-lists are on the application?
  3. Can I create my own to-do list?
  4. Can I change a Real Simple to-do list?
  5. How do I save a to-do list?
  6. How many to-do lists can I save to my phone?
  7. How long do to-do lists stay on my phone?
  8. How do I add a task to a to-do list?
  9. How do I change the name of a to-do list?
  10. How do I change the picture on a to-do list?
  11. Can I upload my own picture to a list?
  12. Can I delete a to-do list?
  13. Can I assign a due date to my tasks?
  14. How do I remove a due date from a task?
  15. How do I add a contact to delegate tasks to?
  16. How do I delegate tasks?
  17. How do I see what tasks have been delegated to someone?
  18. How do I send to-dos to a delegate?
  19. Do my delegates need to download the application to see tasks delegated to them?
  20. How do I search for a Real Simple to-do list?



Overview: How To Download the Application

Real Simple To-Do Lists is a free application. To download the application, visit URL TK to save the app to your phone. Then look for the To-Dos icon on your iPhone® screen and tap it to get started.
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Overview: How To Use the Application

Browse To-Do Lists
Real Simple has organized some of our most popular to-do lists and checklists by topic. Simply tap on the "Browse" tab in the nav bar at the bottom of the screen. Then tap on a category to find a ready-to-use list. You'll be asked to save the list if you want to make any changes to it.

You can also search for a to-do list by clicking the magnifying glass icon at the top right of the screen. Type in a keyword to see matching results.
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Create a To-Do List
You can browse and save Real Simple to-do lists or you can create your own lists from scratch To create a to-do list, tap on the "Create" tab in the nav bar at the bottom of the screen and use the on-screen keyboard to name your list. Just hit enter when you're done and a new to-do list is saved to your phone.
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Editing a List
Just below the name of the to-do list is a settings button. Tap on this button to modify the name of the to-do list, change the list's photo, delete the list, and more.

Each item or tasks in a to-do list can also be modified. To the right of each item is an expand arrow. Tap the arrow to read more details on the task, delegate the task to someone else, assign a due date to the task, or delete the task. To mark an item complete, tap on the checkbox to the left of the task. Tap again to uncheck it.
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Saving a To-Do List
The Saved area contains all of the to-do lists you've created or modified and saved to your phone. You can save as many to-do lists as you like. And the saved section gives you quick access to them as well as a snapshot of your progress for each list. Tap on a list to open it.

Your to-do lists stay in the saved area until you delete them―even if all tasks on the list are checked off.
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Take a Break
Need a breather? Any time you have a to-do list open, you can shake your iPhone® to take a break. Think your to-do list tough? Check out some of these fun facts.
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Upcoming Tasks
This area shows upcoming tasks from all of your saved to-do lists. If you've assigned due dates to any of your tasks, they'll display towards the top of this list. Tap on the "Upcoming" tab in the nav bar at the bottom of the screen to access this area.

Feeling overwhelmed? Click the "Task Master Fake Out" button for a quick and easy task. It may not be on your to-do list, but tackling these low-hanging fruits will make you feel in control.
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Delegate Tasks
No one can do it all by themselves. Make tasks someone else's problem by delegating tasks to friends and family. Tap on the "Delegate" tab in the nav bar at the bottom of the screen. From here you can create delegates from the contacts on your iPhone®. Then, assign tasks out from your to-do lists. Once you've assigned tasks to a contact, you can come back to the Delegate section to send them an e-mail. They'll receive an e-mail with all of the tasks on their list.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to download the application?
Real Simple To-Do Lists is a free application. To download the application, visit URL TK to save the app to your phone. Then look for the To-Dos icon on your iPhone® screen and tap it to get started.
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What kind of to-lists are on the application?
We've included some of our most popular to-do lists and checklists for home organizing, cleaning, wedding and party planning, shopping, travel, money management, and more. You can use a Real Simple to-do list as is, or make your own additions to the list.
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Can I create my own to-do list?
Yes, you can create your own to-do list from scratch. To create a to-do list, tap on the "Create" tab in the nav bar at the bottom of the screen and use the on-screen keyboard name your list. Just hit enter when you're done and a new to-do list is saved to your phone.
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Can I change a Real Simple to-do list?
Yes, you can personalize a Real Simple to-do list by renaming it, changing its photo, and marking tasks as completed. You can also delete tasks from a Real Simple to-do list and add your own tasks to the list.
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How do I save a to-do list?
You'll be asked to save Real Simple to-do lists before making changes them. For saved to-do lists and list you create from scratch, you'll be prompted to save before leaving the screen or exiting the application.
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How many to-do lists can I save to my phone?
You can save as many to-do lists as you like. And you can save two versions of the same Real Simple to-do list (ex. two Party Planning Checklists) so long as they are given different names. Learn more about renaming a to-do list.
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How long do to-do lists stay on my phone?
Your to-do lists stay in the saved area until you delete them―even if all tasks on the list are checked off. Learn more about deleting a saved to-do list.
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How do I add a task to a to-do list?
To add a task to a to-do list, open the list and tap on the "Add a Task" button at the top of the screen. Use the on-screen keyboard to enter your to-do. When you're done, hit the return key and the new task is added to your list.
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How do I change the name of a to-do list?
Once you've saved and Real Simple to-do list or created a new list, you can personalize it to fit your needs. With the to-do list open, tap the "Settings" button that appears just below the name of the list to open the settings window. From this screen, tap the "Rename this Checklist" button and use the on-screen keyboard to enter a new title for your list. Just hit the return key when you're done and the new title is saved to your list.
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How do I change the picture on a to-do list?
With the to-do list open, tap the "Settings" button that appears just below the name of the list to open the settings window. From this screen, tap the "Change Checklist Image" button to see a number of images to choose from. Simply tap the image you want to use or tap "Use Your Own Photo" to select a photo from your iPhone®. See Can I upload my own picture to a list? for instructions.
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Can I upload my own picture to a list?
Yes, you can use your own image to personalize a to-do list. With the to-do list open, tap the "Settings" button that appears just below the name of the list to open the settings window. From this screen, tap the "Change Checklist Image" button and then tap "Use Your Own Photo." The iPhoto program on your phone will open and you can select a photo from your phone. All images will be sized to display 75 pixels wide by 75 pixels high, so square images will work best and scale proportionally. Scaling will not change the size of the original photo on your phone.
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Can I delete a to-do list?
Yes, you can delete any to-do lists from your saved area. To delete a saved list, open the list and tap the "Settings" button that appears just below the name of the list. From the Settings screen, tap the "Delete this Checklist" button. You'll be asked to confirm that you want to delete the list. Click yes to confirm or no to cancel.

Your to-do lists stay in the saved area until you delete them―even if all tasks on the list are checked off.

Real Simple to-do lists in the browse area cannot be deleted from the application. Only lists in your saved area can be deleted.
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Can I assign a due date to my tasks?
Yes, you can assign a due date to any task in any to-do list. To the right of each task is an expand arrow. Tap the arrow to expand the task, then tap "Set a Due Date for this Task." You can assign today or tomorrow or select a specific date by tapping the appropriate buttons. Tapping "Assign a Specific Date" opens a calendar screen where you can select the due date.
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How do I remove a due date from a task?
To the right of each task is an expand arrow. Tap the arrow to expand the task, then tap "Set a Due Date for this Task." You can assign today or tomorrow or select a specific date by tapping the appropriate buttons. Or tap the "No Due Date" button to remove a due date assigned to the task.
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How do I add a contact to delegate tasks to?
Tap the "Delegates" tab in the nav bar at the bottom of the screen. From this screen, tap "Add Another" to select a person from your phone's contact list. The application references a contact's first name, photo, and e-mail address, so the more information you have for someone in your contact list, the easier it will be to find them when delegating tasks.
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How do I delegate tasks?
With a saved to-do list open, To the right of each task is an expand arrow. Tap the arrow to expand the task, then tap "Make this someone else's problem" to select who you want to delegate the task to. You'll need to set up your delegate list before assigning out tasks. See How do I add a contact to delegate tasks to?
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How do I see what tasks have been delegated to someone?
Tap the "Delegates" tab in the nav bar at the bottom of the screen. From this screen, tap on a delegate to display all of the tasks assigned to the delegate.
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How do I send to-dos to a delegate?
Visit a delegate's list and tap on "Send E-mail" to send the list to your delegate. Delegates will receive an e-mail with all of the tasks on their list.
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Do my delegates need to download the application to see tasks delegated to them?
No, your delegates do not need an iPhone or the Real Simple application in order to view tasks delegated to them. Delegates will receive an e-mail with all of the tasks on their list.
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How do I search for a Real Simple to-do list?
Search is available on every screen. Simply tap on the magnifying glass at the top right of the screen. Use the on-screen keyboard to type in a keyword to see matching results.
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