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Special Edition Using Microsoft® Office XP by Woody Leonhard, Ed Bott

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Maintaining a Personal Task List

In Outlook, tasks are essentially to-do items. They can be as simple as a note to yourself ("Pick up milk on the way home") or you can add start dates, due dates, and detailed notes, and then track your progress on a complex task over time. Outlook lets you define one-time tasks or recurring tasks, such as weekly status reports. A list of current tasks appears on the Outlook Today page.

→ To learn how you can modify the Outlook Today page to meet your needs, see "Customizing the Outlook Today Page".

Entering Tasks

The absolute simplest way to create a task is to view the Tasks folder in Simple List view. To do so, click where you see the gray letters Click Here to Add a New Task, press Tab, enter a due date, and ...

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