Microsoft Outlook customising the options on the To-Do Bar


Posted: March 12, 2014

By default Outlook displays the To-Do bar with pre-set options. In most instances you will be able to see the date navigator, upcoming appointments and tasks.

However you can display or hide components so that it’s displaying only the information you require.

I did this years ago by removing everything other than the tasks I had to complete. Suddenly I found myself focused on the things I had to complete. 

From the Calendar view I then taught myself to click and drag my tasks into my Calendar to allocate time to complete the task. Gold! It wasn’t long before the tasks were being marked as complete and I certainly didn’t miss seeing the Date Navigator or upcoming events.

Microsoft Outlook 2010 customising the options on the To-Do Bar

You can customise the components displayed on the To-Do Bar.

To do this in Outlook 2010:

  1. From the View tab in the Layout group click the To-Do Bar button.

2. Set the options you require:

– To hide the To-Do bar click Off
– To minimize To-Do bar click Minimized
– To display the To-Do bar click Normal
– To change the information displayed in the To-Do bar click Options.  From here you can customise the Date Navigator settings and hide or display your appointments and tasks.

3. The To-Do Bar will be updated with your changes.

Microsoft Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016 customising the options on the To-Do Bar

To do this in Outlook 2013 or Outlook 2016:

  1. From the View tab in the Layout group click the To-Do Bar button.

outlook to-do bar

2. Set the options you require:
– To hide the To-Do bar click Off
– To display the Date Navigator and your upcoming appointments click Calendar
– To display your Contact Favorites click People.

3, The To-Do Bar will be updated with your changes.

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