Many people keep a list of things to do — on paper, in a spreadsheet, or with a combination of paper and electronic methods. In Microsoft Outlook you can combine various lists into one, get reminders and track task progress.
Keyboard shortcut To create a new task, press CTRL+SHIFT+K.
You can create a task out of any Outlook item, such as e-mail message, contact, calendar item, or note.
Do one of the following:
The To-Do Bar must be arranged by Start Date or Due date to use these procedures.
When you drag an item to Tasks in the Navigation Pane, you can use all the features of a task item. The contents of the item, except attachments, are copied to the body of the task. Even if the original item is later deleted, the task is still available, including the copied contents of the item
Tip To add the item as an attachment to the task instead of pasting the text into the task body, right-click the item and drag it to the task list, and then click Copy Here as Task with Attachment.
The To-Do Bar appears in all Outlook views by default.
To create a task, do one of the following:
Tip To turn on or off the To-Do Bar, on the View tab, in the Layout group, click To-Do Bar and click Normal, Minimized, or Off. This changes the To-Do Bar only in the current view, not in all views.
By default, the start and due dates are set for the day under which you inserted the task. To change the start date or due date of the task, drag the task to the day that you want. To manually change the start or due date, right-click the task and then click Open.
Note To turn on or off the Daily Task List, in Calendar, on the View tab, in the Layout group, click Daily Task List, and then select Normal, Minimized, or Off.