Create a new task in Outlook

Some users are used to scheduling work with To-do list, and finish the tasks one by one. Now, in Outlook you can also create tasks to schedule work.

Note: Methods introduced on this page apply to Microsoft Outlook 2019 desktop program in Windows 10. And the instructions may vary significantly or slightly depending on the version of Microsoft Outlook and the Windows environments.

Create a new task in Outlook

1. Click  or Tasks at the bottom of Folder Pane to shift to the Tasks view.

2. Click Home > New Task to create a new task.

3. Now a new task window opens. Please enter information as you need:

(1) Type a subject for the new task in the Subject field.

(2) Specify the start date and due date for the new task. You can enter the date and press Enter key directly, or select a date from the drop-down calendar.

(3) Specify the task status for this new task. Click the Status box, and select a task status from the drop-down list.

(4) Specify the task priority. Click the Priority box, and select a task priority from the drop-down list.

(5) Specify the percentage of completion for the task: type a percentage into the % complete box to mark the progress of the task.

(6) Set a reminder for the new task. Tick the Reminder option, then select a date from the following drop-down calendar and select a time from the following drop-down list.

(7) Type in the task notes as you need.

4. After you finish entering information and composing the task notes, please click Save & Close.


1. If you want to save the new task without closing the new task window, please click the Save button  at the upper-left corner.

2. If you need to add or edit the secondary information about this new task, please click Task > Details to activate the details page.

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