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Use Tasks in Outlook.com

A task is an item that you create in Outlook.com that you want to track until it's completed. Tasks can be created from an email message that you've flagged for follow-up as an actionable item, or they can be to-do list entries that you've added. Use tasks in Outlook.com to create, edit, categorize, and manage tasks.

What you see in Tasks

Tasks

View the following image and the numbered items corresponding to each area to get an overview of the Tasks pane.

Manage your tasks.

  1. Create, delete, move, or categorize tasks. Mark tasks as complete as you finish them.

  2. My tasks - Displays folders you can use to view and manage your tasks. Choose whether you want to view items you have flagged as important. You can create new task folders and rename or move existing ones. To add a folder, right-click My tasks and select Create new folder. To rename or delete folders, right-click the folder and select Rename or Delete.

  3. Tasks list - Filter and display tasks based on the status you've assigned to them. Use the Filter menu to sort tasks based on different criteria.

    Choose how to filter, sort, and ordert tasks in the Outlook.com Tasks list

    Use the command bar above the tasks list to delete, categorize, or mark complete a selected task. For email messages, Reply is available.

    Command bar for tasks

  4. Task details - View details of the task selected in the tasks list. To edit task details such as status, priority, and percent complete, select Edit .

Create a task

  1. Sign in to Outlook.com.

  2. Select Tasks from the app launcher.

  3. Select New.

    New task

  4. Type the subject, due date, and if you like, a note about the task.

  5. Select Show more details to enter information like Start date, Date complete, and Status and to track progress on the task such as % completed or hours worked.

  6. Select Attach to attach a file to the task.

  7. Select Charm to add a charm to a task. Charms are icons you can apply to Tasks s visual cues that help you quickly identify specific types of tasks.

  8. Select Save.

    Task detail form for Outlook.com

Edit a task

  1. Sign in to Outlook.com.

  2. Select Tasks from the app launcher.

  3. Select the task you want to edit and then select Edit Edit in the Task pane.

  4. Make the edits to the task and select Save.

Categorize a task

  1. Sign in to Outlook.com.

  2. Select Tasks from the app launcher.

  3. Select the task you want to categorize from the task list, select Categories, and then select the category. For example, select the Yellow category.

    Task categories

Sort tasks

  1. Sign in to Outlook.com.

  2. Select Tasks from the app launcher.

  3. Select the Filter menu and choose how you want to sort the tasks in the task list. For example, in the following image, tasks are sorted by status (Active), due date, and with the oldest tasks on top. You can sort by Active, Overdue, or Completed.

    Choose how to filter, sort, and ordert tasks in the Outlook.com Tasks list

Note: Outlook.com doesn't support sorting tasks by category.

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