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If you’re a fan of the Outlook 2007 To-Do Bar, but wish your upcoming appointments and tasks could be shown even when Outlook was minimized, I’ve got great news for you, you can do this today with the Outlook Sidebar Gadgets.
One of the new features introduced in Windows Vista is the Windows Sidebar, an application that allows gadgets—small applications that provide quick access to useful information or commands—to be displayed on your desktop or in the Sidebar.
The Sidebar presented a great opportunity for Outlook to surface the same information that we show in the To-Do Bar. To this end, we developed two Outlook gadgets: Outlook Appointments and Outlook Tasks. These gadgets can be used independently or together to provide at-a-glance information without the need to bring up Outlook.
The calendar gadget shows 3 or 5 of your upcoming appointments just as they would appear in the To-Do Bar. Appointments are colored based on assigned categories and show the title, time, and location. You can even double click an appointment to open the appointment in Outlook and see more details about the appointment, or to respond or otherwise interact with the appointment.
The task gadget shows all the tasks from your task list and lets you scroll up and down through the list. You can customize the view of your task list as well. By default the gadget shows your tasks grouped by due date, however, through the gadget options you can group by category, due date, start date, or importance. You can also select which groups to show, so if you only want to see high priority tasks or those with a particular category you can filter the view accordingly. To edit the gadget options, move your mouse cursor over the gadget, and click on the small wrench icon that appears by the top right corner of the gadget.
The task gadget also lets you interact with your task list. You can quickly add a new task (when Outlook is running). Just click in the gadget, type a task name, and press enter and a new task is created. You can also mark a task complete by checking the box next to the task.
Because the gadgets are always running in the Sidebar, you can quickly see when your next appointment is and what your next tasks are. If you have a higher resolution monitor you can use the Sidebar options to make the Sidebar always on top so your gadgets and Outlook appointments and tasks are always visible. If you have a smaller screen, you can leave the Sidebar with the default setting and when you want to see have you have to do next, use a hotkey (Windows key + Spacebar) to bring the gadgets to the top of all applications
Both gadgets are available on the Windows Live Gadget Gallery, or by clicking the links below:
Ryan GreggProgram Manager, Outlook
Remco: The gadget is currently only available for US English currently. We are investigating the ability to provide them for all Office supported languages, but no time line is available yet. --Ryan
How can you get rid of "Show in Groups" globally. I really dislike this, but it’s a pain-in-the-butt having to do it for each folder.
I was very disspointed that it will not show all day events
I was also wondering, is there plans to make the gadget show all day events?
Another person looking for All Day events to be listed.
i think it would be gr8 to have a gadget like the default calender but u can right click on a date and set a reminder. Then the dates with the reminders set to them are highlighted. And when the due date for the reminder arrives, a pop-up/alert/message appears with a sound and shows the reminder! Pri
Any chance of some sort of address book contacts query tool for the side bar - so you can quickly find a contact without going into Outlook ?
It's great that you guys have time to develop Outlook 2007 gadgets but somebody PLEASE fix the fact that Outlook can't even get the time right in appointments and the time stamp on my outbound e-mails vary from person to person. So, my suggestion is to cut out the cutesy pie fun and games features and fix the core product!
I really like the tool,
but I really need the ability to look at events that happen on a multi day basis. please bring out this wee feature. but thank you for a product such as this, just one more tweek and i wont be heard from.
Hi I have been using another tool "desktop sidebar" and this has a great outlook plugin that allows you to preview emails (you can select unread,today,yesterday,and outlook today) is there a gadget that can do this in vista? Thanks Jonathan
hi team how do you show 3 calenders at once in outlook 2007.
can i publish outlook tasks online for my colleagues to see?
Is there a gadget or feature out there that will automatically generate a set appointment or task when I create a task or appointment with specific wording? Ie: a) I set an appointment on July 1st at 10am to buy a car
b) Outlook generates an appointment on Jun 25th for me to call a dealer to set an appointment and creates a task to call and thank the banker on July 5th. Is there anyway I can do this in outlook? Any other programs that link with Outlook? thanks,
Why did this gadget vanish?