ListPro allows you to create a type of list we call a "Two-Step" list. Start
by creating a new list and choose the Shopping List
template. Once you've created your list, choose some of the items in your list
and flag them. Then, select the Flag Tool (or use the ->
, setting). This will cause
only the flagged items to be displayed. You can treat this list just like any
list and check items as you complete them. When you've completed all the items
and you reset the list, all the checks and flags are cleared from any items
which have been checked. By default, Flagged items which have not been checked
will not be cleared, although you can also configure the list to clear all the
flags or none of the flags when you reset it.
The best example of a two-step list is a shopping list. When you first create
the shopping list, you enter into the list any of the items you might buy when
you do a particular kind of shopping (for example, office supplies, or
groceries). Once you've entered your items, whenever you think of something you
need on that list, you flag that item. Then, when you go to the store, you
select the Flag Tool, and the list you see
will contain only those items that you've flagged! You then have a shopping list
of just those things you've decided earlier that you need. As you shop, you
check each item, and, when you're done, you reset the list. This clears both the
checks and the flags so you can again start flagging items to buy as you think
Use Two-Step lists any time you want to do (or pick up, or include) only some
of the things on your list. For example, you could make a list of all the places
you might need to stop on the way home. As you think of another stop you need to
make, you can flag that item in your list. Then, when you"re leaving work, you
can easily show just the stops you need to make that day.
Keep in mind that you can add the Flag column to an existing list at any
time, or remove it from a list, using List Properties.
You can also use the flag column as the second (rather than first) step of a
list, by flagging items for inclusion in another list when you check them. For example, if you create a
list of people you've invited to a party or conference, you can check their
names as they respond to your invitation. Rather than duplicating the list when
you need to see who will be attending, you could use the flag column to
designate people who will be there. Then, not only can you easily see who has
not yet responded to your invitation (with the checks), you can also easily see
a list of who will be there with the Flag Tool.
Combine Two-Step Lists with other ListPro list features and program features to create powerful lists that really
make your life simpler!