The outlook To-Do bar is packed into Outlook as an outstanding time organization tool. Personally It keeps me from being late to meetings, finishing deadlines on time, and remembering that it’s time to buy new groceries. Like good assistant, it keeps track of every task that you ever put into it. But one of the only downsides of using To-Do bar is that if you are keeping track of a lot of tasks on it, it can become claustrophobic. Happily, there is a way to escape from the overwhelming cluster of expired tasks! Using filters we can change what tasks will display and when.
There’s a couple different setups that are ideal for optimal, non-clustered organization.
- Set Outlook to show you tasks from the current day
- Set Outlook to show you tasks from the current day and those that are overdue
Let’s take a look at how to set this up!
How to Make the Outlook 2007 To-Do Bar Show Only Tasks From Today
1. Right-lick the Arrange By menu and Click Custom…
2. Okay this next step can get a little crazy. Click Filter…, the filter window will pop-up and on it Click the Advanced tab. Then Click Field and on the drop menu Click Date/Time field > Due Date.
3. Next, under the Condition menu, Click on or before, and then in the value box Type in today. To save and continue, Click Add to List.
Optional 3.a: If don’t want to display overdue tasks just use the today condition.
Now when you look at your To-Do Bar you’ll still see expired tasks from yesterday that weren’t marked as completed. Incomplete tasks will show up as red, while your other tasks for today will remain normal color. This should help to keep you from forgetting things!
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