change outlook tasks view from To-Do List to Tasks list..

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When Outlook 2007 opens up the Tasks Pane, the initial view is the To-Do List. This is something that I would like to change as I use the Tasks list instead... I believe that there is a registry entry that would let me change this behavior so that instead of the To-Do List showing up initially, it would show the Tasks view instead..


Ruchi Bisht

Try the steps below.

1. Open Outlook.

2. Click on Task on the left pane->Drag and drop it over the To-do list and check

Ruchi Bisht


that moved the " Tasks" so that it is above the " To-Do List" , however the initial focus is still on the to-do list...

Im willing to try anything...



You can use a filter to show only tasks in the To-do pane but i don't recall a reg hack to use the task folder by default.

how can i apply the filter?

Ruchi Bisht

Well, that is how Outlook is designed. The To-do list will be displayed by default when tasks are opened.

Ruchi Bisht


im aware of the default design, wanting to CHANGE it so that it is customized for my use...


that helped some...the only request is to have the customize show " Open" or non completed tasks??


Diane Poremsky

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You'd add Date completed = does not exist to the filter on the Advanced tab.


Gordon B-P

Isn't the To Do list a list of tasks anyway with the default set to Active Tasks?

Why not change the view to a List view that shows all tasks?

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many thanks as you have been very informative.. one last question is that if i combine the advanced filters:

" message class contains IPM.Task" with " date completed does not exist" then all of the tasks in the to-do list disappear. am i not combining the fileters correctly?

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