Unit 6: Reminders.
For iOS7,8, and 9.
Section 1: Introduction.
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The Reminders app provides a way for you to be reminded of tasks you need to do on a one time or periodic basis. A reminder does not block time on your calendar. It simply alerts you when a particular task needs to be done. You can even have several reminders for the same time, although it's easier to separate them by a few minutes if possible. The reminders app works well with the calendar app. For example, if you have an appointment at 4:0 PM with your accountant, you can set a reminder for 2:30 to get your paperwork together.
In this lesson you will learn how to use the Reminders app to manage both tasks that must be done one time, or on a repetitive basis. The lesson objectives are as follows:
- Understand the difference between calendar events and tasks, and know when to use each.
- Set up onetime and repeating reminders.
- Organize your reminders by types. For example, Health, Financial, shopping...
- Prioritize reminders.
SECTION 2: Terms You Should Know.
2.1: Tasks verses Reminders.
VoiceOverEasy.net will refer to those things you need to do such as take out the trash as tasks. The Popups that appear to remind you that tasks need to be done will be referred to as Reminders.
2.2: Task Lists.
The Reminders app allows you to optionally create multiple lists of Tasks. For example, you could create a task list called "Health," where you put tasks like take my medicines, pick up prescriptions, exercise, or check blood pressure. You could create another task list called "HouseHold," which has tasks like take out the trash, change the bathroom air freshener, empty the lint trap on the dryer and so on. You can create as many lists as you want. The advantage is that you can display either all the tasks at once, or only those from a particular list.
2.3: Completed Tasks.
One way tasks differ from appointments is that you can mark them as completed. Completed tasks can be filtered out of the Scheduled task list. This allows you to view only the tasks that still need to be done.
2.4: Time Based Tasks.
Time Based Tasks are those you need to do at a certain time. Examples are taking out the trash by 8:00 AM each Wednesday, or picking up flowers on your anniversary. Tasks can be further divided into onetime and repeating tasks. This is just like onetime and repeating events discussed in the Calendar lesson. A task to pick up your suit from the cleaners on Friday is a onetime task. Paying your bills once a month is an example of a repeating task.
By default all tasks are placed in a list called, Reminders. You can just use this one list, or organize your tasks into multiple lists. The choice is up to you.
SECTION 3: Getting Started.
Let's start by launching the Reminders application. There are several ways to do this.
Once the icon is the Current Item, use an Activate gesture on it to launch the app.
3.1: Welcome to Reminders.
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3.2: The List Stack.
On the iOS Device the List Stack has a search field at the top left corner of the screen followed by a button called "Scheduled" on the right. We'll discuss this button in more detail later in Section 5.6. For now, just remember that it is not a list of its own. Below these items is the "New List" button. Below the "New List" button is a column of buttons that correspond to the task lists currently in the Reminders Application.
You can perform any of the following functions from the List Stack. We will discuss them in detail in later sections of this lesson.
- Display the tasks in different lists.
- Create new task lists.
- Search all your task lists for tasks that match a certain criteria.
For now, let's focus on a single task list. We'll use the task list called, "Reminders," since it is the default list which comes with the Reminders application.
- Explore down the List Stack until VoiceOver says, "Reminders, Button," followed by the number of tasks in the list.
- Activate the button. The Reminders Task List becomes the Current Task List and the tasks in that list are displayed.
3.3: The Current Task List.
Whenever you press a task list button in the List Stack, your iOS Device sets the Current Task List to the list named by that button. This screen lists all the individual tasks in that list. There is a button at the top of the screen that says the name of the list. If you press this button, you will be returned to the List Stack. There is also a button at the bottom right of the display which reads as, "Stack of Other Lists," which will also return you to the List Stack.
SECTION 4: Creating Tasks.
- Explore down the Current Task List or use the Next Item gesture until "New Reminder" is announced by VoiceOver. This is a Text Field where you can enter the name or title of a task.
- Use an Activate gesture. VoiceOver will say, "Edit the title of the reminder, Text field, Is Editing," and a small button will appear to the right.
- Type or dictate the phrase, "Pick up Package at Post Office."
- Explore to the right of the text field until VoiceOver says, "More Info, Button," or use the Next Item gesture.
- Press the More Info button. You will be taken to the Task Detail Screen, and VoiceOver will say, "Details, Heading."
4.1: Task Details.
At the top of the screen is a heading which VoiceOver reads as Details. To the right of the heading is the Done button. This button saves your work and exits the Details Screen.
Below the heading is the name of the task which you provided in the previous sequence of steps. This is actually a Text Field. If you want to make changes to the title, you can use an Activate gesture to enable editing on the field.
4.2: Making a Time Based Task.
Now it's time to let your iOS Device know what time you need to pick up the package. Let's plan to pick it up at the start of your lunch hour tomorrow.
- Explore down from the Text Field or use the Next Item gesture. VoiceOver says, "Remind me on a day," and then tells you this is a switch button which is currently turned off.
- Use an Activate gesture to toggle this button on. A new row appears beneath it that indicates when you will receive an alert to remind you of this task.
- Find this row by Exploring down from the switch button or using the Next Item gesture. VoiceOver says, "Alarm," followed by the current date and the first hour after the current time. VoiceOver doesn't tell you this row is a button, but it is. It can be used to change the date and time of the reminder.
- Use an Activate gesture on the button. Two rows appear beneath it.
- Explore down from the button or use the Next Item gesture. You will find a new row of four Picker Items. The leftmost one allows you to set the starting date of the appointment.
NOTE: When a Picker Item becomes active, the Rotor automatically dials itself to the Adjust Value function. You can use the Increment and Decrement gestures to change the value for each item.
- The first item announced is the date Picker Item. Use the Increment gesture to advance the date to tomorrow.
- use the Next Item Gesture to go to the next Picker Item. This will allow you to change the hour.
- Use the Increment or Decrement gesture to change the starting hour to 12 o'clock.
- Use the next Item gesture to move to the minute Picker List. You can adjust this value in increments of five minutes, but since we don't have to change this, we'll leave it alone.
- Use the next Item gesture again. The AM/PM Picker List appears. You can toggle this back and forth with the Increment or Decrement gestures. Be sure it is set to PM. You will probably be very unhappy if your iOS Device reminds you to get the package at 12 AM. The post office is closed at midnight.
4.3: Repeating Tasks.
A repeating task is one that takes place on a regular basis. For example, Let's suppose that we had to pick up our package weekly for the next 26 weeks. We could set up 26 separate tasks, or we change this task to a repeating task.
- Explore down the screen, or use the Next Item gesture until you find the "Repeat" button. It is just below the scheduled time for the task. VoiceOver should say, "Repeat, Never," for this task, since we created it as a onetime task.
- Activate the Repeat button. The Repeat Screen appears
The Repeat Screen
This screen is used in both the Calendar and Reminder apps to simplify creating appointments or reminders that repeat on a periodic basis.
The top of the screen has an Action Row that contains a "Back" Button on the left, and a Heading in the center which reads, "Repeat."
Below the Action Row is a list of options for how often an event or reminder should repeat. They are described in the following table.
||When the repeat option is set to never, the task is a onetime task instead of a repeating one. Use this option if you decide to change a repeating task to a onetime task.
||The task occurs at the same time each day. For example, you may want to create a task to feed the dog each day at 6:00 PM.
||The task occurs at the same time each week. You may want to create a task to remind you to go on line each week to check a Facebook page.
||Every Two Weeks.
||These tasks occur every other week. However, do not use this option for tasks that occur on the first or last week of the month, or tasks that occur every 3, 4, 5, etc., weeks. Instead, use the Custom Repeat option described below.
||These tasks occur on the same day every month. For example, you can pay the cable bill on the 15th of each month. If you're paying a bill every other month, or pay the water bill quarterly on the last Sunday of every third month, you can set this up using custom repeats.
||The most common examples of these repeating tasks is a reminder to pick up a gift or card prior to a yearly event such as a birthday or holiday.
Suppose you are part of a group that meets every Wednesday except in July, August, and the last two weeks in December. You can set up a weekly event every Wednesday, but it will be on your calendar for July and August as well. Unfortunately, there is no way to set up appointments or reminders that stop for some interval in the middle of the series. In this case, you might want to set up two distinct events. The first would occur every Wednesday beginning in January and stop at the last Wednesday in June. The second would occur every Wednesday, but run from September to the second Wednesday in December. If these meetings continued for several years, you would have to set up a new pair of events each year.
Below the list of options is a button which Voiceover reads as, "Custom," but doesn't tell you it's a button. It brings up the Custom Repeat Screen. This screen allows you to create tasks that repeat in more complex intervals such as: The first Friday of each month, or the second Tuesday of each quarter. To learn more about these options, click this link, show Custom Repeat options.
Making a Repeating task.
Using what we now know, let's make the "Pick up Package at Post Office" a weekly task. If you read the section on custom repeats and are now on the Custom Repeat Screen, use the back button to exit that screen.
- Explore down the Repeat Screen until you find the Weekly option.
- Use the Select gesture to select the "Weekly" option. You will be returned to editing the task Details.
- Find the Repeat button again. VoiceOver now says, "Repeat, Weekly."
- Now Explore down from the Repeat button, or use the Next Item gesture. A new button has appeared. VoiceOver announces it as, "End Repeat, Never."
If you leave the End Repeat button set to never, then you will receive an alert for this task at the same time every week without end. You can set an end to these reminders by activating this button and selecting the "On Date" option from the End Repeat Screen.
- Activate the "On Date" button. A row of three Picker Items appears below the button.
- Use the Next Item gesture to go to the Month Picker Item.
- Use the Increment gesture to set the ending month to three months after the current month.
NOTE: If the Year Picker Item, see below, is set to the current year, you cannot choose a month earlier than the current one. You will have to increment the Year Picker Item in order to choose from all twelve months.
- Once the month is set, use the Next Item gesture to move to the day Picker Item.
- Use the Increment and Decrement gestures to adjust the end date of the reminders to the one you want.
- Use the Next Item gesture again to go to the Year Picker Item.
- Use the Increment gesture to set the ending year if necessary. If you needed to increment the ending year to set the end repeat date, you will have to go back and set the month.
- Use the Done button at the upper right of the End Repeat Screen to return to the task details.
The next item down on the task details says, "Remind me at a location," but again VoiceOver gives you no indication it's a button. We'll discuss this button later on in Section 6 of this lesson.
4.4: Setting the Priority of your task.
Below the "Remind me at a location" button is a heading labeled "Priority" where you can set a priority level for your task. To the right of the heading are four choices arranged in a row. They are; "None," the default option, "Low," "Medium," and "High."
- Optionally use the Select gesture on one of these buttons to set the priority of this task.
4.5: Adding Notes to a Task.
The Notes field is below the Priority options. You can add any notes you want regarding the task. For example, suppose you need to bring identification before picking up your package at the post office. You can make a note here not to forget your ID.
- Find the Notes text field and Activate it.
- Type or dictate the notes you have for this task.
4.6: Saving your work.
Congratulations! Now that you are done with this task, go ahead and press the "Done" button at the top right of the Details screen to create a reminder for this task. You will return to the Reminders Task list.
Try adding the following tasks to the Reminders list.
- Add a onetime task titled "call My Best Friend," and set the time for tomorrow at 7:00 PM.
- Create a repeating task called, get Postage Stamps," and set it up to remind you on the first day of each month at 11:00 AM.
- Add a onetime task called, "Remove these tasks from the Reminders list," and set it up to remind you two days from now at 8:15 PM.
If you have a good enough network connection for Siri to work, Let's try creating a task with Siri. Suppose you had dry cleaning you needed to pick up on Friday. Activate Siri and say, "Remind me to Pick Up My Dry Cleaning on Friday."
NOTE: Since you didn't specify a time, Siri used the default time of 9:00 AM. You can change this after Siri asks you if it should set up the reminder by saying, "No." Siri will then give you the options to Change the title, change the time, or cancel. You could also have simply said, "Remind me to pick up my dry cleaning Friday at 1 PM.
SECTION 5: Navigating Task Lists.
Now that we have created some tasks in the Current Task List, Let's take a closer look at how the List is laid out. Each task in the list takes up one row. There are two buttons on each row. The first is a very narrow button on the left side which says the name of the task followed by either, "Checked" or "Unchecked" to indicate whether the task has been completed. You can use an Activate gesture on this button to toggle the check mark between Checked and Unchecked. If the button says Unchecked, then the task is still to be performed.
A Special note about Navigating with the Next and Previous Item gestures.
NOTE: In Western Countries reading order is left to right and top to bottom. VoiceOver is actually scanning the display in the same order, but sometimes the Next and Previous Item gestures appear to read the screen in a different order then you would expect after using the Explore gesture. This is because if the item on the right is taller than the item on the left, VoiceOver will encounter it first and read it ahead of the item on the left
For example, There's a checkbox on the left side of each row in the Task List followed by the name of the task to it's right. However, since the Task Name is taller than the check box, VoiceOver will read the item on the right first. The Next Item gesture, a single finger flick right, causes VoiceOver to read the check box second. This could mislead you into thinking the Check box is on the right of the Task Name rather than the left where it really is.
NOTE: If the task is a repeating task and it's overdue, checking the box will clear the overdue task. If the task is not overdue, checking the box will complete the current cycle for the task, and update the due date with the next time the task is due.
To the right of the check box button is another button which repeats the name of the task. If you use an Activate gesture on this item, it becomes a text field and enters edit mode. You can change the name of the task this way without editing task details.
When the text field is activated for editing, the check button on the left disappears, and a "More Info" button appears to the right. Pressing the More Info button will bring up the Task Details for editing. We used this button in the beginning of Section 4.
Below the list of tasks is a toggle button which VoiceOver reads as, "Show Completed," or "Hide Completed," depending on its current state. By default completed tasks are not displayed. If you want to see them, you can press this button. The completed tasks will appear in the list, and the button will change to Hide Completed. Press the button again to hide the completed tasks.
5.1: Changing the task title from the Current Task List.
It is not necessary to enter the Task Details to change the title of a task. You can do it right from the Current Task List by performing these steps.
- Find the "Call My Best Friend" task in the list.
- Use an Activate gesture on the text field portion of the row. Be sure not to Activate the check button. That will simply toggle the task between incomplete to complete.
- Change the title to say, "Call My Mother," using any the techniques you are familiar with. Techniques for editing text fields are discussed in VoiceOver Basics, Editing Text.
- When you are finished, press the Done" button in the upper right corner of the Current Task List. The Done button appears whenever the text field is activated for editing.
5.2: Deleting Tasks.
When the task title field is not being edited, but is the Current Item, the Rotor secretly dials itself to the Actions Function as discussed earlier. You can use the Set Mode gesture to choose between the modes below.
- Activate. This mode activates the task title for editing.
- More. This mode opens the Task Details Screen.
- Delete. Deletes the task from the Current list.
When you have selected the mode you want, use an Activate gesture.
Now let's create a task that we can delete for practice.
- Find the "New Reminder" button in the Current Task List and Activate it. It changes to a text field in edit mode.
- Enter the task title, "Delete Me."
- Press the Done Button in the upper right of the Current Task List. You've just created a task with no reminder alert associated with it. Tasks with no reminder alerts can actually be useful. We'll see how in SECTION 8 below.
Here are the steps to delete a task. In this case we'll delete the task we just created.
- Now make the task you want to delete the Current Item. In this case that's the "Delete Me" task. The Rotor secretly dials itself to the Actions Function.
- Use the Set Mode gesture until VoiceOver says, "Delete."
- Use an Activate gesture. The "Delete Me" task is now gone.
5.3: Creating and Managing Multiple Task Lists.
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To create a new task list, do the following:
- Press the "New List" or the "Add" button depending on which you have. VoiceOver says, "New List, Text Field is Editing," and the right side of the display becomes active and displays the New List Screen.
- Type or dictate the name of your new list. In this case, let's call the list "Health."
- Use the Next Item gesture. VoiceOver says, "Empty List," which is interesting, but not very helpful.
- Use the Next Item gesture again. VoiceOver will announce the "Done," Button. You can use this button to save your new task list. However, before you do, let's take a look at what's next.
- Use the Next Item gesture again. VoiceOver says, "Purple, Button."
This is the first in a row of seven buttons that name different colors. If you select one of these buttons, then the reminders for that list will appear in the selected color. For low vision people, this might help quickly recognize the type of reminder that is appearing.
- Press the "Done" button to save your new list. You can either use the Previous Item gesture until you find it, or you can explore above the row of color buttons on the right side of the display until you find it.
Good job. The first new list is complete. Another "New List" button appears so you can keep adding more task lists. You can't get rid of this button. There will always be one there. Using the same steps, please create another list called Household.
5.4: Accessing Individual Task Lists
On the List Stack you will find a column of buttons. Each button has the name of a task list followed by the number of tasks in the list. For example, VoiceOver will read the button for the default reminders list as, Reminders, x items, button. To display the reminders in a particular list, Activate the appropriate button. The task list corresponding to that button becomes the Current Task List.
5.5: Adding or Moving Tasks to Specific Lists.
Tasks are created in the Current Task List. To change the Current Task List go to the List Stack and Activate the button for the list you want. Let's add these tasks to the task list we just created called Health.
- Add a task to "take a vitamin" every morning at 8 AM.
- Add a weekly task to "weigh myself" on Fridays at 5:30 PM.
- Add a onetime task to "call the dentist's office" tomorrow to schedule a teeth cleaning.
- Add a task that repeats every other Friday to "clean out the refrigerator" so you don't eat anything spoiled.
Now Let's add some tasks to the Household list. Go to the List Stack and Activate the Household button.
- Add a task to "Take out the trash" every Wednesday morning.
- Add a task to "Empty the dryer's lint trap" on Monday evenings.
- Add a task to "call the cable company" next Thursday.
- Add a monthly task to "pay the mortgage/ rent," and another to "pay the electric bill."
Now that we've added all these tasks, maybe it would have been better to put the task about cleaning the refrigerator under Household tasks instead of Health tasks. Don't panic! We can do this.
- Go to the List Stack and Activate the Health Task List.
- Find the "Clean the Refrigerator" task and use the Set Mode gesture until VoiceOver says, "More."
NOTE: Be sure you are not on the Checkbox button. You need to be on the button on the right for the Set Mode gesture to work.
- Use an Activate gesture. The Task Details appear.
- Explore down the Task Details. After the priority options, VoiceOver will say, "List, Health."
- Activate this button. The List Change options appear.
- Explore or use the Next Item gesture until the Household option becomes the Current Item.
- Use a Select gesture. You will be returned to the Task Details.
- Use the Done button to save your work.
5.6: Displaying Your Upcoming Time Based Tasks.
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5.7: Searching for Tasks.
At the top of the List Stack just below the Status Bar is a search Field for filtering the list of tasks. This field allows you to see all reminders from any list with text matching your entry. Both the title field and the notes field are searched.
- Activate the Search Field. All the buttons below the search field disappear, and a Cancel button takes the place of the "Scheduled List" button to the right.
- Enter the word "Call" into the search field. If you followed all the exercises above, then you should have three tasks listed; "Call my mother," "Call the Dentist's Office," and "Call the Cable Company."
- Change the search field so that it has the word "Post" in it. Two tasks should be listed, "Pick up Package at Post Office," and "Get Postage Stamps."
NOTE: The search will match partial words. You search for "post," but the task with the word "postage" also was listed.
- To cancel the search, use the Cancel button at the upper right.
SECTION 6: Location Based Reminders.
Location based tasks allow your iOS Device to remind you to do something either when you arrive at a place, or immediately after you leave it. The accuracy of the location is good down to the street address level, but not to a specific room. So you can set a reminder to alert you when you get home, but not one to alert you when you enter the kitchen.
NOTE: A reminder set for when you leave a location will not sound until AFTER you leave. So setting a reminder to lock the front door when you leave your home may not be as helpful as you want, since you won't be alerted until after you leave. Of course, a reminder can be a question like, "Did you remember to lock the front door?"
6.1: Being Reminded of a Task When You get Home.
It is easier to receive reminders when you get "home", If you tell your iOS Device where home is. You do this by setting up a contact card for yourself as described in Creating and Managing Contacts, Section 7.2 with your home address specified. You can still make this work without doing so, but you will have to specify your home address each time you want a location based task involving "home."
In Section 4.7 above we set up a task to "Call My Best Friend" for tomorrow at 7:00 PM. In Section 5.1: we changed the task to "Call My Mother", but we made the task a time based task and set the time for 7 figuring we would be home by then. However, traffic being what it is, you may not be home on time. So let's change this to a location based reminder. Then no matter what time you get home, you will be reminded to call your mother.
- Explore down the Reminders List and make the "Call My Mother" task the Current Item. The Rotor automatically dials itself to the Actions Function.
- Use the Set Mode gesture until VoiceOver says, "More."
NOTE: If VoiceOver starts reading the title a word or character at a time, you are probably on the check box button instead of the title button. If this is the case, Explore along the row until you find the correct button. If you are sure you are on the correct button, then try dialing the Rotor until VoiceOver says, "Actions."
- Use an Activate gesture to bring up the Task Details Screen.
- Explore down the Task Details until VoiceOver says, "Remind me on a day, Switch button, on."
- Press the button in order to toggle this setting to Off.
- Explore down from the button until VoiceOver says, "Remind me at a Location, switch button, off."
- Press this button to toggle the setting to On.
- Explore down the Task Details again, and VoiceOver will say, "Location," but it will neglect to tell you this is a button.
- Use an Activate gesture on the button. The Location Screen appears.
6.2: The Location Screen.
The Location Screen allows you to input a street address, or latitude and longitude coordinates for your location based task. Before we enter a location, let's look at all the parts of the Location Screen.
- There is an Action Row at the top with a heading that reads, "Location," and a cancel button on the right. The cancel button returns you to the New Event Screen without keeping the location you were entering.
Below the Action Row is a Search field. When you activated the Location Screen, VoiceOver made this field the Current Item. It then said, "Search Field, Is Editing," and waited for your input. You can optionally type or dictate an address into this field. If this task had an existing location, that location is automatically entered into the search field.
- Below the search field is a button VoiceOver announces as, "Current Location," but again VoiceOver fails to tell you it's a button. If you are already at the address from which you want the task to be based, press this button and your iOS Device will set your current location as the task location. You will then be returned to the Task Details.
- Below the Current Location Button is a list of addresses you have recently used. If the address you need is there, you can use the Select gesture to choose it and automatically return to the New Event Screen. The list is filtered by the contents of the Search Field. So, if you put London in the search field, then only addresses in London will show in the address list.
Now let's base this task from "Home."
- Type or dictate "Home" into the search field.
- When you are finished, Explore down the Location Screen from the Search Field. Immediately below the search field is the "Current Location" button. We don't need this button now, so we'll keep going.
- Explore down from the Current Location Button. You will find the list of locations you have used in the past. Since we don't need these now, we'll skip them as well.
- Next Explore down a little further. You will find a row with two buttons. VoiceOver reads them as, "When I Arrive," and "When I Leave."
- Use a Select gesture on the "When I Arrive" button
Below these two buttons is a map. When you touch it, VoiceOver is most likely to say, No Features Visible. Since we don't need this for our task, we'll skip this for now.
- Press the "Details Back" button at the top left of the Location Screen to return to the Task Details.
When you return to the Task Details, the location button has been updated to indicate the location the task is based on.
6.3: Using Siri to create Location Based Tasks.
Here are some ways you can use Siri to create a location based task.
SECTION 7: Acknowledging Reminders.
Well, we have a lot of reminders set up now. So what do you do when a reminder alert appears? The alert will appear as a popup or in the notification center. There's a sound which plays, and VoiceOver will read the title of the task.
7.1: Responding to the Popup.
There are two buttons on the reminder popup. The first button, close, simply closes the popup without marking the task complete. The Options button brings up another popup with the following options.
- View. Activating this button opens the Reminders App.
- Snooze. Causes the reminder popup to appear again in 15 minutes.
- Mark as Completed. Closes the popup and marks the task complete.
7.2: Responding to Reminders in the Notifications Screen.
If you are looking at the notification center, which will be discussed in a later lesson, the Reminders for the day are displayed. You can mark a reminder complete on this screen.
SECTION 8: Grocery Lists.
It isn't difficult to find apps for managing grocery lists in the Apps store, and many may be easier to use than the Reminders app. However, here's a way to use the built in Reminders app without having to download and evaluate apps from the store. In order to do this we will need to create a task list called Groceries using the techniques we learned in Section 5.3 above. Go ahead and do that now.
- With the Groceries task list displayed, Activate the New Reminder" button and change the text to "Milk."
This reminder will be created with no time or location base, but that's Okay. We don't need alerts to pop up for it. We'll just open the Groceries list next time we're in the supermarket.
- Press the "New Reminder" button again, and change the text to "Cheese."
- Press the "New Reminder" button again, and change the text to "bread."
- Now add a reminder for mustard.
You can also get Siri to create the list for you with a few simple voice commands.
- Activate Siri and say, "Create a reminder for Coffee in the Groceries list."
- Activate Siri and try saying, "Create a reminder for bananas, apples and oranges in the Grocery list."
NOTE: You may want to say the word "comma" between each type of fruit. It will cause VoiceOver to read the reminder back to you a little more naturally.
As you find other things you need throughout the day or week, add them to your grocery list using one of the techniques above. The next time you are in the supermarket, open the Reminders App and have it display your Grocery list. You can check the items off as you pick them up.
SECTION 9: Deleting Task Lists.
Now that we are almost done with the Reminders lesson, you may want to clean up all the tasks and lists we've created. However, VoiceOverEasy.net recommends that You complete the Exercises in Section 10 before you remove everything.
IMPORTANT: VoiceOverEasy.net recommends that you do not delete the "Reminders" task list, since this is the default list where tasks are placed. Instead delete tasks in this list individually using the steps we learned in Section 5.2. If you do delete this list, you must go to the Reminders Setup screen and choose another list as described in Section 7.2 of the lesson on setting up Calendar and Reminders.
9.1: Steps to Delete a Task List from your iOS Device.
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SECTION 10: Exercises
- What are some key differences between tasks, used by the Reminder App, and events, used by the Calendar App?
- What are some reasons to create task lists as opposed to putting all tasks in the default list?
- Name two ways to get back to the List Stack.
- What are the steps to create a task which repeats weekly and ends in three months?
- When a task list is being viewed, and a task is the Current Item, what are the three options available with the Set Mode gesture?
- How do you display upcoming Time Based tasks?
- If you search for all tasks with the word "get" in them, will a task titled "Don't Forget to Water the Lawn" be displayed?
- In order to be able to base a task on arriving at or leaving your home, what must you have done first?
- When a reminder popup appears, what are the steps to marking the task as complete?
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Congratulations! This finishes the Reminders lesson. If you want to delete the practice task lists we created in this lesson, see Section 9.1 above for a refresher on how to do this.
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