Get Organized With The To-Do Bar


The Outlook 2007 To-Do Bar centralizes data from Outlook 2007’s Calendar and Tasks views to show you what you need to do next. In earlier versions, you needed to check the different views to find this information, now it is right there where you can work with it almost instantly.

Everything you see in the To-Do Bar is live. In other words, you can:

  • Use the Date Navigator to control the Calendar
  • Work with Appointments without leaving the current view
  • Manage existing Tasks and create new ones

Having the To-Do Bar available really reduces the number of times a day you have to jump between views.

By default, the To-Do Bar appears as a pane to the right of every view. When the To-Do Bar is minimized, it takes the form of a narrow strip down the edge of the main Outlook window. When the bar is expanded, it typically shows the Date Navigator (a small calendar) at the top, your next three appointments in the middle, and a list of your tasks at the bottom. use the left and right arrows at the toop of the To-Do Bar to minimize or expand the bar.

Note: You can easily modify the To-Do Bar to change the way it displays information.

Using the To-do Bar and working with the items it displays is very easy:

  • Click a Date navigator date to open the Calendar to that day.
  • Double-click an appointment or task to open it.
  • Type into the Type a new task box at the top of the task list to add one.
  • Click the header of the task list to change the order in which tasks are displayed.

This is one place where Microsoft really did a great job of making a new feature easy to use.

By bringing the things you need to do next into any view, the To-Do Bar really makes Outlook 2007 more useful than earlier versions. I think you will quickly find the To-Do Bar to be one of the most useful new Outlook 2007 interface features.

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