Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Entering New Tasks in the Tasks Module
Minimizing the To-Do bar
Although the To-Do bar is handy, it takes up quite a bit of space on the
screen, which is a nuisance when you’re reading e-mail or checking your
calendar. You can clear the To-Do bar out of the way by clicking the To-Do
Bar icon on the View tab of the Ribbon and choosing Minimized or Off from
the drop-down list. You can also click the little arrow symbol at the top of the
To-Do bar itself. That doesn’t close the To-Do bar; it just shrinks it into a tiny
ribbon along the right side of the screen.
When you minimize the To-Do bar, you can’t add items to it or change
anything in it. But it still nags you in a subtle way: It shows how many
appointments you have coming up later in the day, and how many items are
hidden behind that little ribbon.
Entering New Tasks in the Tasks Module
The official way to enter a task is through the Task form, which requires a
tiny bit more effort but lets you enter much more detailed information. But
you don’t need to work your fingers to the bone — as long as you enter a
name for the task, you’ve done all you really must do. If you want to go
hog-wild and enter all sorts of due dates or have Outlook remind you to
actually complete the tasks you’ve entered (heaven forbid!), you just need to
put information in a few more boxes.
To add a task to your Task list, follow these steps:
1. Click the Tasks button in the Navigation pane (or press Ctrl+4).
Your Task list appears.
2. Click the New Task button (or press Ctrl+N).
The Task form appears (see Figure 9-4).
3. Type the name of the task in the Subject box.
Use a subject that will help you remember what the task is. The main
reason to create a task is to help you remember to do the task.
You can finish at this point by jumping to Step 13 (click the Save & Close
button or press Alt+S) if you want to add only the name of the task to
your list. If you want to note a due date, start date, reminders, and so on,
you have more to do. All the rest of the steps are optional; you can skip
the ones that don’t interest you.
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