Pleexy : a smart connector linking OneNote to your Task manager

Updated 09/01/2019. Pleexy is an innovative workflow automation tool (as far as I know, there is no other connector available in the market that works at the task level : Microsoft Flow, IFTTT, Zapier all handle a broader level : notes, sections… ; Taskclone do works at the task level, but it merely clones, it doesn’t sync). Please be aware that Pleexy is still in Beta : there are still some bugs (see shortcomings’ paragraph), but it’s very promising !

Always looking for improving my organization and keeping ahead of tasks, I recently stumbled upon Pleexy, which holds the promise to synchronize OneNote with your preferred task management software (Todoist or Wunderlist).

Pleexy differs from Microsoft Flow, IFTTT, Zapier or Taskclone because it features a bi-directional connector. I found it was much quicker to set-up as well.

But more importantly, there is no “trigger” in the above mentioned online automation tools (except Taskclone) that sends OneNote’ tasks (tags) to Todoist.

Needless to say that it only works with notebooks stored on OneDrive.

(in the following lines, I will illustrate with Todoist)





Setting your connector


A connector defines :

  • A source, and its scope :
    • All notebooks
    • Selected notebook or section
    • All Tags or selected tags types only
  • A destination
    • Todoist default Inbox
    • or specific “Project” (folder) in Todoist
  • The heading of the resulting task in Todoist
    • customizable using field text such as {notebook}, {section}, {page}, {todo} or {todo_type}


Sequence of a synchronization

Sync run every 5 minutes.

After the Sync occurs, any new task created in OneNote (adding a tag) will show up in Todoist in the selected “Project” (folder).

1.Tag a task in OneNote
2.A task is added in Todoist Inbox







If you left the default Todoist Inbox in Settings, you may then file the resulting Todoist task in the appropriate “Project” folder.

3.Set a priority
4.Set a due date, and a time (if relevant)







5.Check off a task in Todoist
6.The task is completed in OneNote







The magic is you can set several connectors, tailored to your need. For instance :

  • A connector between a notebook set in your Microsoft’ personal account and your Todoist “Project” (folder) called “Family” ;
  • A second connector between a specific section of another notebook and your Todoist “Project” (folder) called “Personal Finance”;
  • A third connector between a notebook set in your Microsoft’ professional or academic account and your Todoist “Project” (folder) called “Work”.



Tasks in tables or nested lists : Since Pleexy is in Beta, and perhaps because of underlying limitation of the OneNote REST API, Pleexy don’t handle well tasks in nested lists.

Note that the heading Task A temporarily exhibits two check-boxes : one empty, the other checked-off. All it takes is going back and forth to another note, to refresh the display [fast forward GIF]
Also, collapsing and expanding macro-tasks won’t work anymore as soon as you check-off a macro-task in Todost. See footnote for a more complete video that summarizes the different issues found.

Finally, Pleexy was not handling smoothly tasks in tables, because it messed up with their layout. After sharing this issue with Pleexy, they decided to disable this feature to protect their users’ notes layout, while looking for a fix.

Note that table layout will be jeopardized if you check-off a task in the same text container.

Task types : Pleexy supports OneNote Online tags :

This explains why the other tags available in OneNote desktop are not supported.

Outlook tasks (marked with a red flag), created in OneNote desktop, are not synchronized by Pleexy for example.

Note also that some OneNote desktop’ tags – although similar (but with different colors) – are not supported :

Note also that – even if “Discuss with manager” and “Todo people yellow” have distinct labels – they are handled similarly because they share the same tag shape and color.


Finally, because Pleexy supports only OneNote Online tags (or because tasks are not implemented consistently across OneNote versions…), Pleexy will hand over to Todoist the generic name of the task as it appears in the drop down setting menu (if you included the field {todo_type} in the task title template) . This means that if you defined custom tags for each of your team members in OneNote desktop, you won’t be able to retrieve this information in Todoist.

A task is created for “Paul” (custom tag). Through the field {todo_type}, it is handed over as “Discuss with person” in Todoist when synchronized with Pleexy, loosing an useful piece of information…


LIRE AUSSI  Docked note + Table of Content = a Powerful workflow !

Due date in natural language : if you type “New task next friday noon” in Todoist, it translates “next friday noon” into the corresponding due date. That doesn’t work if you type the same in OneNote, and get the task synced into Todoist by Pleexy.

Formatting : Pleexy sends the task’ heading in plain text. Bold, Italic, underlined portion of your text won’t be forwarded to Todoist as such.


Widen the scope

If Pleexy was only connecting OneNote with Todoist so efficiently, and with such an easy setting up, it would already be impressive enough !

But Pleexy also connects Outlook with Todoist : since most Todos arise from mail received or minute meeting (or journaling or shopping list…) written in OneNote, it becomes really convenient to use Todoist to gather all the task created in the different softwares you are using.


Because it can be misleading, please note that tasks created in Outlook are not supported : only flagged mails are synchronized with Pleexy.


Going beyond

You can even enhance the automation process offered by Pleexy, with other automation softwares.

For example, you could create a “Zap” (in Zapier) than create a new section when you create a new “Project” in Todoist.

Possibilities are endless : Enjoy !


Update 01/10/2018 : Zapier syncs every 15 minutes, in the free plan. Pleexy syncs every 5 minutes, which is smoother.

Nota 03/10/2018  : Pleexy is working to support tags on nested list : it’s behaving better today (but not yet totally fixed). Pleexy is also working on tags on table : a new version should be rolled out soon. Don’t forget that Pleexy is still on Beta !

On the other hand, Tasks on table seems tricky indeed. TaskClone states clearly that it doesn’t support it :

Tasks (and events) in tables are not supported by Taskclone neither












I have not tested TaskClone thoroughly yet, but I don’t like having to add a #Taskclone’ tag to have my OneNote’ tasks (tags) being processed, nor my tasks being “tagged” with a |TC|  in OneNote when finally processed… (they call it a Skip code, and it prevent the task from being cloned twice…). Pleexy is much less invasive in this respect.


Update 04/10/2018 : I was probably a bit over-optimistic (and somehow misleading) when making this suggestion :

“…we saw earlier that a new task (tag) in OneNote triggers a new task in Todoist. But the opposite isn’t true (a new task created in Todoist won’t trigger a new task in OneNote…) : you could then create a “Zap” in Zapier that create a new note (or append an existing one) when you create a task in Todoist.”

Actually, this would conflict with Pleexy because :

  • each task (tag) you add in OneNote create a new task in Todoist (with Pleexy),
  • which in turn create a new “task” in OneNote (with Zapier).

Actually not a real task (with a tag) but a heading with the Todoist task’ description (that’s fortunate, because otherwise we would end up with an infinite loop !)

But that’s a duplication anyway, so I removed this bit in my blog post above.


Nota 13/10/2018 : If you are a beginner with Todoist, I suggest you read this blog post : There are many useful tips.


Nota 17/10/2018 : There are other ways to connect Outlook to Todoist :

  • Forwarding a mail from Outlook to a address (requires Todoist Premium)
  • Using Outlook’ Todoist plugin (available in this site)

Pros : allow for converting a mail into a task PLUS setting due date, priority, destination “Project” folder and label… in one shot,

Cons : no synchronization.


Nota 18/10/2018 : Likewise, there is another way to duplicate a OneNote task into Todoist :

  • Copying-Pasting one or several tasks (tags) from OneNote into Todoist

Pro : easy (you can even add Markdown tags such as p1 for priority,  #project @label and dates in natural language, to have the task categorized directly into Todoist

Cons : no synchronization


Updated 02/11/2018 : Pleexy fixed some issues with nested lists. There is still a minor quirk remaining, shown in the updated GIF above.

I discovered other issues with tags sync :

  • 1. empty lines are removed after sync
  • 2. empty page’ title are “locked” after sync.
  • 3. expand/collapse (nested lists) doesn’t work anymore.


The same issues arises with Taskclone (see below), indicating that the OneNote API (Pleexy use the REST API) has some underlying limitations… I hope that – with the advent of custom tags in OneNote UWP – the REST API will be improved to allow more flexibility, and ultimately help solving these issues.

with Taskclone
with Pleexy








Nota 08/12 : Pleexy uses the REST API (the API that communicates with OneNote online) which explains why OneNote desktop’ tags are not supported. With custom tags coming to OneNote UWP soon, I hope that the API with evolve to support a broader array of tags, including those of OneNote desktop.

Nota 9/1/2019 : The video below summarizes the different issues found (see note 2/11/2018 above) :

Nota 21/01/2019 : Custom tags created in OneNote UWP (new feature) are not supported by Pleexy.

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