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Elegant Microsoft To-Do desktop app


Elegant Microsoft To-Do desktop app

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Ao is an unofficial, featureful, open source, community-driven, free Microsoft To-Do app, used by people in more than 120 countries.

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  • Black, Dark & Sepia Themes
  • Compact & Auto-Night Modes
  • Local & Global Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts
  • List Navigation
  • Scalable Interface
  • Update Notifications
  • Cross Platform



Github Releases

Head to the releases page and download the appropriate installer for your system.


Ubuntu Linux users can directly install through Snapcraft snap install ao


Macos users can directly install through Homebrew Cask brew cask install ao


The version available on Homebrew Cask may not be the latest, since unlike Snapcraft, it is not offically maintained. If that is the case, please consider downloading directly from the Github releases page.


Visit the project homepage to view all features in detail.

  • Auto Night Mode - Press Cmd/Ctrl Alt N to allow Tusk to adjust to your environment.
  • Black Theme - Activate it by pressing Cmd/Ctrl B
  • Compact Mode - Downsize the window to enter the mode.
  • Custom Shortcut Keys - Navigate to ~/.ao.json or press Cmd/Ctrl . to modify any shortcut key. To reset delete ~/.ao.json & restart the app.
  • Dark Theme -Activate it by pressing Cmd/Ctrl H
  • Global Shortcut Keys - Enable them by using the File > Enable Global Shortcut Keys option.
  • List Navigation - Navigate your lists by pressing Cmd/Ctrl Tab / Cmd/Ctrl Shift Tab or jump directly to one by using Cmd/Ctrl 1 - 9
  • Scalable Interface - Adjust the zooming factor by pressing Cmd/Ctrl Shift = or Cmd/Ctrl -.
  • Sepia Theme - Activate it by pressing Cmd/Ctrl G.
  • Update Notifications - Customize the app's update checking frequency.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Local Shortcut Keys

40+ local keyboard shortcuts. Toggle anything in a flash.

View all the available local keyboard shortcuts.
Description Keys
Activate Auto Night Mode Cmd/Ctrl Alt N
Add Due Date Cmd/Ctrl Shift T
Add Todo to My Day Cmd/Ctrl K
Complete Todo Cmd/Ctrl Shift N
Delete List Cmd/Ctrl Shift D
Delete Todo Cmd/Ctrl D
Edit Shortcut Keys Cmd/Ctrl .
Hide Completed Todos Cmd/Ctrl Shift H
Jump to List Cmd/Ctrl 1 - 9
Make Text Larger Cmd/Ctrl Shift =
Make Text Smaller Cmd/Ctrl -
Navigate to Next List Cmd/Ctrl Tab
New List Cmd/Ctrl L
New Todo Cmd/Ctrl N
Rename List Cmd/Ctrl Y
Rename Todo Cmd/Ctrl T
Reset Zoom Level Cmd/Ctrl 0
Return to Todos Esc
Search Todos Cmd/Ctrl F
Set Always on Top Cmd/Ctrl Shift P
Set Reminder Cmd/Ctrl Shift E
Sign out Cmd/Ctrl Alt Q
Toggle Black Theme Cmd/Ctrl B
Toggle Dark Theme Cmd/Ctrl H
Toggle Important Cmd/Ctrl I
Toggle My Day Cmd/Ctrl M
Toggle Planned Cmd/Ctrl P
Toggle Sepia Theme Cmd/Ctrl G
Toggle Settings Cmd/Ctrl ,
Toggle Sidebar Cmd/Ctrl O
Toggle Tasks Cmd/Ctrl J
Toggle Window Menu Alt

Global Shortcut Keys

Access Ao at any moment from anywhere within your operating system. All global shortcuts can be customized to match your own preference through the configuration file ~/.ao.json.

View all the available global keyboard shortcuts.
Description Global Shortcut
Create New Todo Cmd/Ctrl Alt C
Search Todos Cmd/Ctrl Alt F
Toggle Ao Window Cmd/Ctrl Alt A


For more info on how to contribute to the project, please read the contributing guidelines.

  • Fork the repository and clone it to your machine
  • Navigate to your local fork cd ao
  • Install the project dependencies npm install or yarn install
  • Run Ao on dev mode npm start or yarn start
  • Lint code for errors npm test or yarn test
  • Build binaries and installers npm run release or yarn release

Related Apps

  • Tusk - Refined Evernote desktop app.
  • Taskbook - Tasks, boards & notes for the command-line habitat.



Ao is an unofficial, open source, third-party, community-driven, free app and is not affiliated in any way with Microsoft.




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Keyboard Shortcuts

Key Action
/ Focus the search bar
Esc Focus the search bar and cleans it
Select the next search result
Select the previous search result
Enter Open the selected search result
cmdEnter Ctrl+Enter Open the selected search result in a new tab