See Task Type at a Glance by Adding the Icon Column to the Outlook 2007 To-Do Bar

By Lowell Heddings on April 30th, 2008

Have you ever noticed that the To-Do bar in Outlook 2007 doesn’t show you what type of item is in the list? It could be a task or a flagged email, but which one is it? With a simple tweak you can add the icon column to easily differentiate them.

This isn’t really a hack, it’s just a useful setting tweak that hadn’t occurred to me before, so I figured I’d write it up for everybody.

Now you can see at a glance that one of the items is from your task list, and the others are emails that were flagged for followup:

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Adding the Icon Column to the To-Do List View

Just right-click on the column list and choose Custom…

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Then click on the Fields button…

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And then add the Icon column from the left side, and make sure you use the “Move Up” option to move it to the top of the list on the right-hand side.

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It’s a really simple tip, but very helpful!

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 04/30/08
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