Merge 'To-Do-List' and 'Tasks' into one list in Outlook2013


I would like to merge the "To-Do-List" and "Tasks" into one list, entitled for example as "My Tasks" or "My To-to-do list).

Is there any difference between "task" and "to-do" lists to have both of them by default?

They are redondant, so why Microsoft adds  both of them?

Why there is no easy way to merge or remove either of them?


  • Edited by qeep Sunday, December 15, 2013 2:30 AM
December 15th, 2013 5:27am


Tasks and to-do items are different items.

A task is an item that you create in Outlook to track until its completion.

A to-do item is any Outlook item that has been flagged for follow-up, such as a task, an e-mail message, or a contact.

We cant delete the To-Do list folder or Task folder. But if you want to show only tasks in the To-Do List, we can create a custom view that includes only tasks and/or only tasks from a specific Tasks folder. See:

However, if you still want to remove the To-Do list, we can use Macro to achieve this goal, please refer:

Hope this helps.

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Steve Fan
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December 16th, 2013 7:28pm

Thank you Steve.

But intuitively, and logically, "Task and To do" are synonym! If you have something to do, it is a Task, and vice versa, isn't it? 

Take a look at the definition of Task in a dictionary (eg. Meriam Webster)

Task: a piece of work that has been given to someone : a job for someone to do.

I think, if Microsoft persists to keep both synonymous terms in the next versions or updates, it would be much easier to be able to customize the view by right click or drop-down menu and select "View only Task" or only To-DO-List"!

  • Edited by qeep Monday, December 16, 2013 5:43 PM
December 16th, 2013 8:42pm

Hi, thank you for the suggestion.

We can click the smiley face button on the top right of the Outlook window and send your suggestion and feedback to our product team. They will determine if the feature will be added to Outlook release based on customers' needs.

In addition, please refer to the following article and look at the "About tasks and to-do items" section which described the definition of tasks and to-do items and their differences. See:


Steve Fan
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December 25th, 2013 11:29am

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