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Portable To-Do List Program Guide

Swift To-Do List can be deployed to USB flash-drive as a portable to-do list program. This allows you carry it with you and to run it from any computer. You can then work with your tasks just like on your main computer, and copy the changes back.

How to deploy Swift To-Do List to USB

  1. Plug your USB flash drive into your computer
  2. Start Swift To-Do List 7 and use File – Deploy to USB Flash Drive
  3. Select your USB flash drive in the opened dialog and click OK

This will copy the todo program to your USB drive along with all your tasks, notes and settings. (You can specify the target drive, of course)

How to copy the database from USB flash-drive back to your PC

If you use the portable version somewhere and change your tasks, you will probably want to copy the changes back to your main computer. This is how you can do it:

  1. Exit Swift To-Do List 7 using File – Exit if it’s running
  2. Plug your USB flash drive into your computer
  3. Copy your database file (with .stdl extension) from your flash drive back to your computer using Windows Explorer or other file manager.

    (Or alternatively: Start Swift To-Do List 7 from your USB flash drive, and use File – Copy (Backup) Database to copy the database back to your computer, then exit the todo program.)
  4. (You can now unplug the USB flash-drive)
  5. Start Swift To-Do List on your computer and open the database you’ve just copied to your computer file using File – Open – Browse (Ctrl + O). When asked if you want to make the database default, click Yes

How to update Swift To-Do List 7 already deployed on your USB flash-drive

Updating the program on the flash drive is easy. There are two main reasons for updating it: To update the database, or to deploy a new version of the program with new features and fixes.

If you want to copy the database from your PC to USB Flash Drive where the program is already deployed:

  1. Start Swift To-Do List 7 on your PC if it’s not already running
  2. Plug your USB flash drive into your computer if it’s not already plugged in
  3. Use File – Deploy to USB Flash Drive in Swift To-Do List 7
  4. Select your USB flash drive in the opened dialog and click OK
  5. You will be asked if you want to overwrite your settings – select Yes
  6. You will be asked if you want to overwrite your database – select Yes

If you want to only update the todo list program (= the exe file and other components, but not your settings and database), simply answer No to both questions.

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8 Responses to “Portable To-Do List Program Guide”

  1. Leigh says:

    Deploy to USB is not available in the trial version. Why not? You claim the trial version is fully functional.

    I’d really like to try the deploy to USB function before I buy.

  2. Sam says:

    Hello there,

    So far Swift-todo list looks great! But I need to try the portable version as well, because I can not install software on my computer at work.

    Is there a way to get the full version temporary?!!


  3. flight16 says:

    I just used this to feature in Swift To-Do List 8 to install to a local directory on my HDD. My computer at work goes in for a format or upgrade a few times a year and I wanted to avoid the hassle of re-installing and re-configuring STDL every time.

    Worked perfectly, as advertised. Thanks.

  4. Gino Pilotino says:

    Hi, If I purchase SFTDL 9 with the ONE PC license, I’ll get the desktop version and, when ready, access to the web application, right? At the same cost? And if I opt the portable USB version, I’ll need additional licenses to use the USB flash drive on other machine, for example my laptop? Thank you

    • Jan Novotný says:

      Hi Gino,

      that’s right, you don’t need an extra license for the mobile or web application. Our companion web app is already accessible. If you deploy your Swift To-Do List to an USB drive it will work on other machines as well – without the need for extra licenses.
      However if you’re using Swift To-Do List regularly on 2-3 computers, I recommend getting the 1-User-3-PC Pack. It costs only like a license and a half and you’ll be able to install and license Swift To-Do List on up to 3 computers. The databases can be synced using our secure cloud solution and you don’t have to carry your USB drive around.

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