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In earlier posts about the To-Do Bar you provided us a lot of great feedback. You might wonder what To-Do Bar improvements were made in Microsoft Outlook 2010. We want to present a brief overview of the work that we have done, based on your feedback, to make the To-Do Bar more useful.
The To-Do Bar now has date headers that separate meetings and appointments that occur on different days. These headers provide a quick at-a-glance way to see remaining items for the day and what is on your schedule on the next day. You can click the date headers to jump to that day in the Calendar view.
In our first-ever post about the To-Do Bar in Outlook 2007 there were many comments that all-day events should appear in the To-Do Bar. We heard you loud and clear. All-day events now appear in the To-Do Bar. If you prefer not to see all-day events, you can turn them off in the To-Do Bar Options.
We have made it easy to customize how much room is devoted to each part of the To-Do Bar. To see more appointments, drag the splitter down. To see more tasks, drag the splitter up. Text at the end of the appointments section alerts you if there are more meetings for the day you are viewing. You can resize the appointment portion of the To-Do Bar to see the remaining items.
Private appointments are identified with a lock icon. Additionally, through the To-Do Bar Options, you can hide private details from appearing by default.
If the details are hidden, you can view the details by resting your mouse pointer over the private item. This can be useful if you often work in a public place and you don’t want people to see what is on your calendar.
Just like in your calendar, the To-Do Bar indicates whether a calendar item is marked as Free, Busy, Tentative, or Out of Office.
Additionally, meeting requests that you have not answered appear with the same visual representation as the calendar. Click a meeting request in the To-Do Bar, and then send your response using the tabs in the ribbon.
In Outlook 2010, customizing your To-Do Bar is easier than ever with the To-Do Bar Options available in the ribbon. On the View tab, in the Layout group, click To-Do Bar, and then select the items you want to appear. Click Options for additional customizations.
If you are already using the Outlook 2010 Beta, try customizing the To-Do Bar to best meet your needs!
Jed Brown and Josh Meisels Outlook Program Managers
to-do-bar is great, but useless to me since you can't let it show the events from multiple calendars.
thanks for adding all-day events and date headers to the to-do-bar please also consider adding: a) the option to specify number of lines of text to show for both appointments and tasks - e.g., I would like to see the complete subject for all tasks that are due today, rather than having to hover mouse over it b) ability to re-locate to-do-bar on screen (e.g., left side)
Is there any plan to integrate tasks in the calendar view? I would like to be able to see my appointments and tasks on the same calendar. This will help me plan my schedule better...
Improvements, hmm....well I guess some of the graphical changes are helpful. But once again I am afraid that smaller things have been fixed and larger things, like making the software work, seems to be forgotten. Has anyone tried to modify the View Settings for the Tasks portion of the To-Do Bar? I have tried multiple changes: Re-ordering columns, re-sizing columns, changing the filter and so on. And none of them work!! The first simple thing I wanted to do was to show the due date in the task part, but this seems impossible to do. So get the basics working before adding things that might be nice and useful. Thx and regards, Stig
Is it still possible to show more than 3 upcoming appointments in the to-do bar in outlook 2010? I seem to remember doing this in 2007 but can no longer find the option. This link says it is possible and has Outlook 2010 as a big title but it shows and refers to 2007. blogs.msdn.com/.../introducing-the-to-do-bar.aspx
I commented on this in an older blog, then realized today there was a more relevant place to comment. :)
I really, really like the To Do bar; it makes it very easy and convenient to keep track of things I need to do... with one slight exception:
Since it's become possible to keep track of recurring tasks within the Tasks area (instead of using recurring appointments, which is what I've always used before), my appointments area has become rather empty. Specifically, as I write this, I have one upcoming appointment... three weeks from now. What I want is for the appointments pane to show me that appointment, but not until three days before it happens. This way I get a good reminder that I will actually *notice* (instead of tuning it out after needing to ignore it for over a month), without the annoyance of using reminders.
So, basically, I'd like to be able to filter the "Appointments" section of the To Do bar, the same way I can filter the "Tasks" section... using something along the lines of, "between Today and Today+3."
Is there a way to display more than 1 column in the task list on the To-Do bar? Thanks!
We are seeing an issue with the Task List and To Do Bar not showing accurately with Exchange 2010 SP1 RU3 (v2) and Outlook 2010. The To Do Bar is empty but the Task list shows the tasks. We are running in Online mode and not cached mode. Is this a bug?
MFCMAPI fixed the issue for me...I wasn't sure how to use it but I did this:
Close Outlook 2010 (32 bit)
Downloaded MFCMAPI 32bit from here:
Accepted the License Agreement and clicked OK.
Clicked Session-> Logon and Display Store Table
Chose my Outlook Profile
Double-clicked on my mailbox
Expanded Root Container
Right Click To-Do Search and select "Delete Folder"
Check "Hard Deletion" and Click OK
Opened Outlook 2010 and To-Do Bar showed tasks (took longer than normal to open Outlook as it was setting up my profile)
Is there a way to post a task to a particular block of time on the calendar other than posting as an appointment?
Is there any way to get Outlook to quit changing which To-Do list it uses in the To-Do Bar?
I use a separate view of the Task List for each client I am working for. (This makes my status reports at the end of the week a snap.) I have one overall listing grouped by client and sorted by task ID that I specifically created to show on the to-do bar and this is what I (want to) print on the print-out of the calendar page I use to make notes on what I do each day for time reporting. The problem is that the list occasionally changes to some other list from my available views and I have no idea what the problem is. All-of-the-sudden, the view will change and if I go to "Customize Current View" it becomes apparent that the system has changed the view entirely. Instead of the To-Do view, I will have one of the client views.
The only fix for this that I have discovered is to delete the "To-Do" view, customise the client view that is being used, and then rename it to "To-Do" Finally, I have to re-create the view that I had to customize under the client's name for the client that was on the view that Outlook chose to use as the view for the To-Do bar.
Is there some way to tell the program what view I want it to use? This work-around, while it works, it a bit of a hassle!
To-Do Bar display of Appointments/Meetings is CONFUSING, because calendar highlighting does not match appointment list: "today" is one day boxed in RED outline, "busy" days could be a dozen or more in BOLD font, but displayed "Appointments" match neither of these highlights. Result: hard to relate, "at a glance," displayed appointments with displayed calendar. Aggravating this confusion is the unpredictability of time extent covered by displayed Appointments: it may be just today, or it may be weeks or more, since Appointments displayed are limited by allocated screen space, not time.
I would like:
1) Dates of displayed Appointments highlighted in Calendar somehow (italics, color, background, inverse color, something). Even better (too tricky?): color-match the date background with a color border around the displayed events (maybe color week by week rather than item by item).
2) Emphasize "today" in that mini Calendar display by STRIKETHRU font of days in the past. It's what we do on printed calendars to emphasize days gone under the bridge.
Personally, I find the To-Do bar quite useful; however, I would like to know if it is possible to show it on my desktop. Can I open just the To-Do bar in a separate window?
I'm a big fan of the new Quick Contacts feature, but how do I reorder my contact groups? The order is all wrong, and it's making it hard to find people. Thanks!
Hi, I just moved to Outlook 2010 as part of Office Professional Plus 2010, and my To-Do Bar has NO separators as shown above, so I'm stuck only seeing 2 of Today's events, followed by "X more events" and then plenty of events for Tomorrow & the following days. Is there some kind of registry tweak or other fix-it that can restore the separators, or make it not show the upcoming day's events?