How to Create and Complete Tasks in Outlook
If you have something that you need to remember to do, but that isn’t associated with a specific email or contact, you can create a standalone task.
You can add new tasks from the Task view.
A new untitled task is created.
The ribbon provides different options that you can use to make tasks more specific, such as flags, categories, or recurring items.
Just like with an email, you can attach an item or file to the task from the Insert tab.
The task is created.
You can create tasks from other views by clicking the New Items button and selecting Task.
Once you’ve created a task, you can edit or update it to show your progress.
The Task item window opens, where you can make changes to the task. You can do things like change the start or due date, select a new status or priority, or update the completion percentage.
Remember, you can only enter start and completion dates and percentage of completion information in standalone Task items, not in email messages or contacts flagged as To-Do items.
The task window closes, and the task is updated.
When you finish a task, you can check it off your Tasks list by marking it as complete. Completing a task will hide it from the To-Do list, or any other Task view that only displays active tasks.
The task is completed, as indicated by a strikethrough and a check mark next to the task.
You can also select a task and click the Mark Complete button on the ribbon, or right-click a task and select Mark Complete.