Create Outlook Tasks from Email Messages

Learn how to create Outlook Tasks from Email Messages.

Outlook gives you the ability to quickly and easily create Outlook Tasks from Email messages.  This allows you to take detailed messages and efficiently create tasks without losing any information and having to retype the details.  Below are the step by step instructions to Create Outlook Tasks from Email Messages.

  1. Highlight the appropriate message.
  2. Drag the message to the Tasks on the navigation bar.Create Outlook Tasks from Email Messages Image 1
  3. The task box opens. Create Outlook Tasks from Email Messages Image 2
  • Subject – The subject of the e-mail is listed. You can change as needed.
  • Enter the Start date.
  • Enter the Due date if there is a deadline for the task.
  • Status – Choose the appropriate status for the task.
    • Not Started (default)
    • In Progress
    • Completed
    • Waiting on someone else
    • Deferred
  • Priority – Set the appropriate priority for the task.
    • Normal (default)
    • Low
    • High
  • Check Reminder, if you want a pop up reminder.
    • Set date.
    • Set time.
  • The body of the task contains the e-mail message. You can change as needed.
  1. Click the Task tab, if not already selected.
  2. Click Save & Close from the Actions group to save the Task. Create Outlook Tasks from Email Messages Image 3

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