Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Editing Your Tasks
The regular way to change a task
If you don’t want to be quick and dirty, or if the information you want to
change about a task isn’t on the list you’re looking at, you have to take a
slightly longer route.
To make changes to a task the clean-and-long way (also known as the regular
way), follow these steps:
1. Click the Tasks button in the Navigation pane (or press Ctrl+4).
The Tasks module opens.
2. Click the Simple List button in the Current View section of the Ribbon.
You can choose a different current view if you know that the view
includes the task you want to change. The Simple List view is the most
basic view of your tasks; it’s sure to include the task you’re looking for.
3. Double-click the name of the task you want to change.
The Task form appears. Now you can change anything you can see in
the box. Just click the information you want to change, type the new
information, and click the Save & Close button (or press Alt+S).
4. Change the name of the task.
The name is your choice. Remember to call the task something that
helps you remember the task. There’s nothing worse than a computer
reminding you to do something that you can’t understand.
5. To change the due date, click the Due Date box.
6. Enter the new due date in the Due Date box.
Plenty of date styles work here — 7/4/14 , the first Friday in July , Six
weeks from now , whatever. Unfortunately, the 12th of Never isn’t an
option. Sorry.
7. Click the Start Date box and enter the new start date.
If you haven’t started the task, you can skip this step. You don’t
absolutely need a start date; it’s just for your own use.
8. Click the scroll-down button (triangle) at the right end of the Status
box to see a menu that enables you to change the status of the task.
If you’re using Outlook at work and you’re hooked up to a network, the
Status box entry is one way of keeping your boss informed of your
progress. You’ll need to check with your boss or system administrator if
this is the case.
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