How to Create a Task List in Outlook from Your Inbox

Follow these steps to add an email message to your task list.

  1. Locate a message someone sent you and simply drag and drop it into the task folder.
    Locate Email

  2. You will find the task folder at the bottom left of your screen, in the navigation panel below your folders.
    Task Folder

  3. Once you drag the email to the task icon, a new task window will open and the email will be in the body of the task. The subject of the email becomes the subject of the task.

  4. Now you can identify a due date and a start date (these will appear as reminders if you have the reminder setting on).
    Start Date and Due Date

  5. Now save the task. It will be on your task list so you can set the start and end dates, update the status, mark it as complete, etc.
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