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I would like an application like Notepad except with multiple columns, preferrably adjustable, for the purpose of creating several todo lists that can be opened with a single document, rather than having like five notepad documents for different categories of tasks.

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Spreadsheet wouldn't work for you? – eflat Feb 25 '12 at 7:29
no, it would not. – productivityaddict Mar 10 '12 at 17:03
OneNote is multicolumn and you can add checkboxes and other dynamic tags? – sw. Aug 18 '12 at 13:56
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You can try trello if you have not tried it yet. it is not what you exactly want in your question. But it might solve your problem. It is cool and worth trying.

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+1 for Trello, plus the free iphone app is awesome – Matthew Lock Mar 2 '12 at 4:12

Excel (or openoffice, libreoffice) workbook would work as well, with a worksheet for each group of tasks. Notpad++ is also great. Additionally, evernote will do that as well with a table.

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Notepad+ lets you work in columns if you require. It also copes with code formatting and various others.

I use it for one of my basic todo lists.

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i use it for other things, but it is not good for my needs pertaining this question. – productivityaddict Mar 10 '12 at 17:04

emacs org mode.

basic text editor with smart columns. easy to use along with many TODO featues. Mostly uses tab key for features described above. pc/mac/unix

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TreeSheets sounds like what you want. It's ideal for multi-column, even hierarchical todo lists.

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You should add a link and some more information. – AsheeshR Jun 17 '13 at 7:33

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