In Microsoft Outlook it’s easy to create appointments and tasks that repeat or recur. To create a task that repeats, first choose one of these ways to add a task in Outlook:
Tasks can also be created from the To-Do Bar and by dragging an email message to the Tasks folder.
To repeat a task created in Microsoft Outlook:
When you create a recurring task with a reminder, you may notice the first reminder works but it doesn’t repeat again for future tasks even when you enable the task recurrence. Here’s the trick: Don’t Dismiss Tasks!
The design of Outlook’s Reminder window makes it easy to “break” recurring Tasks when you press the Dismiss button which disables the reminder for the recurrence of the task. You can still use Dismiss for repeating appointments and the reminders will remain “attached” to future appointments.
To get the reminder for the task to repeat, you’ll first have to mark the previous task as completed. Outlook will then automatically create a new task based on your recurrence pattern.
To mark a task as complete, don’t pick Dismiss from the Outlook Reminder window. Instead, right click on the task and choose Mark Complete. This would certainly be easier and more intuitive if the Reminder window had a Mark Complete button or even a more generic Actions button. Tip: Tasks have a checklist icon at the front while appointments have a mini calendar icon. You can still use Dismiss for appointment reminders.
To restore reminders for tasks you have already created, move to the Tasks folders from the button in the Mail/Navigation Pane or press [Ctrl] + 4. Select the recurring task and mark the recent occurrences with Mark Complete on the Ribbon or by right-clicking the task and choosing Mark Complete or by clicking the check box next to the task. You may also want to open the current task to make sure the Reminder option is still selected.
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By Dawn Bjork, MCT, The Software Pro®
Microsoft Certified Trainer, Technology Speaker, Software Consultant