Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Working with Tasks
Chapter 23
Tracking Tasks with Outlook
That was easy, but it didn’t give you much
information about your task, and quite honestly, many
tasks are just that easy and don’t need additional
information. However, if you want to be more
thorough and enter starting and due dates, prioritize
the task, or be more descriptive about the task, use
the following steps:
If appropriate, select a status other than Not
Started. Click the Status arrow for a list of
You can set a priority for the task—Low,
Normal, or High—and then use any of
several views to sort tasks by priority.
If you’ve started the task, you can fill in the
% Complete box with an estimate of how far
along the task is.
Click Tasks in the Navigation Pane.
2. Click Home>New>New Task. Outlook
displays a new Task window (see Figure 23-2).
You can have Outlook remind you about the
task by placing a check in the Reminder box.
Then, select a date and time for the reminder.
Type any notes about the task in the
description block.
10. Choose Task>Actions>Save & Close. Outlook
saves the task.
Figure 23-2
Creating a new task.
You also can create a task from an e-mail message.
Click Mail in the Navigation Pane and then find the
message you want. Drag the message onto the Tasks
button in the Navigation Pane (see Figure 23-3).
3. Type a subject. The subject you type will
appear in all views of the Tasks folder or the
To-Do List.
Mouse pointer Selected e-mail
4. Select a start date. Outlook automatically
assigns the same due date to the task.
Start Date Is Optional
You don’t have to assign a start date to a task,
but, from a time-management perspective,
you are more likely to get the task done if
you assign a date to it.
Figure 23-3
Dragging an e-mail message into the Tasks folder.
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