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How to Create Personal Tasks Directly in Google Chat

Often projects and goals are born out of emails or chat conversations. If you use Google Chat, you can turn a message into a task. You can then access it like your other Google Tasks or in Google Calendar.

You can discuss a project with your team or an assignment with your boss. Just turn that Google Chat message into a task, include a note or due date, and get to it.

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Create a task from a message

You can create a task from a message on the Google Chat website or in the Google Chat section of Gmail in the same way.

Select the message to display the floating toolbar on the right. Then click on the three dots to see More Actions.

Other actions for a Google Chat message

Choose “Add to tasks”.

Add to Tasks in Additional Actions

You will see the Tasks sidebar open with the message as the task title.

Chat task in the sidebar

You can then customize the task if you wish. This task has the same options as other tasks you add in the Tasks (Google) sidebar. But if you’re new to the service, check out the things below that you can include.

Customize the task

With your new task in the sidebar, you can change the title which is the chat post if you want. You can then select a task list, add details, include a due date, and have the task repeat.

Select a task list

If you decide not to include it in your personal task list, use the arrow at the top of the sidebar to choose another list for the new task.

Available task lists

Add details

Click the Task Details section to add a note or description.

Task details

Include a due date

Select the Date/Time section of the task to add a due date and, optionally, a time. If you set a due date, that task also appears in your Google Calendar. You can also choose “Repeat” in this area.

Date and time selection

Task repetition

In addition to the Repeat option in the date and time settings, you can click the Repeat icon on the task.

Select Day, Week, Month or Year and use the box on the left to choose the number. For weeks and months, you can enter certain days of the week or particular times of the month. Enter a start date and optionally include an end date for a specific day or after a certain number of occurrences.

Task repeat options

You have some additional actions for the task in the sidebar.
Star the task to mark it as important.
Select the three dots to delete the task.
Mark the circle to complete the task.
Click the message button to return to that discussion and message.

Task from a Google Chat message

The ability to create a task directly from a Google Chat message is a great way to stay in control of tasks that arise from conversations.

For other useful Google Chat features, learn how to schedule an event in Google Calendar or how to create documents and collaborate directly in chat.

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