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I would like to know if it is possible through a .plist alteration, or otherwise, to add the due date checkbox shown in my screenshots to the OS X version of Reminders. I am not looking for the notification option, just the old fashioned due date option.

The due date checkbox is not an option normally. "Test item" was created on the OS X Reminders app.

However if I make one, "Test item 2", on iCloud.com, I have the option to add a due date. This is then changed, through iCloud, on my Mac.

This leads me to believe that maybe a file could be changed on my Mac to enable this option to be turned on by default.

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Under the OS X Reminders Application you can Copy and Paste reminders. Doing so with previously created on iCloud one, will preserve the Due Date option.

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While not ideal, this does work well. –  Dillon Aug 29 '12 at 12:53
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You can use AppleScript with this one-liner to create an item with the Due Date independent of the Remind Me Date:

tell application "Reminders" to show (make new reminder with properties {name:"New reminder", due date:(current date)})

Or you can use Automator to create a Service that does the same thing. That way, you can assign a keyboard shortcut to it in System Preferences:

In Automator, add the New Reminders Item snippet and make sure Due Date is checked. There is no step 2.

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