Beginner: How to Assign Tasks to Other People in Outlook 2010

The Tasks feature in Outlook is a great way to keep track of what you need to get done, but it’s also a good way to help collaborate with others and assign tasks to them. Here’s how to assign tasks to other people easily.

Note: the ability to assign tasks to others has been around for a while, so you can use it in previous versions out Outlook as well, it’s just in a slightly different place.

How to Assign a Task to Someone

There are a couple of ways you can assign tasks, including while you’re creating a new task—all you need to do is click on “Assign Task” on the Ribbon.

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Or while you’re looking at the Tasks pane in Outlook, you can right-click on it and select Assign Task from the menu. This should work from any of the Tasks views.

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Now you just need to enter the email address of the person who you’re assigning the task to.

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Then the person you assigned the task to can add it to their list and send updates on it.

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If you’re new to Outlook and the Tasks feature, this should get you started, and don’t forget to delegate your tasks!

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