There should be an image here!If you provide status reports for the tasks assigned to you then this feature of Outlook may be right up your alley. Did you know that you can use Outlook to send status reports? And I don’t mean creating a new email and attaching a document containing your status report.

Outlook can actually generate a status report to an email message. Here’s how to do it in Outlook 2007:

  1. Within Outlook, open the task for which you want to send a status report.
  2. On the Task tab, in the Manage Task group, click Send Status Report.
  3. Enter recipient names in the To, Cc, and Bcc boxes. If the task was assigned to you, the names of people on the update list are automatically added.
  4. Add any other information you want in the email message.
  5. Click Send.

The message contains the start and due date of the task, the status, % complete, and actual hours works. A simple and efficient way of providing others with status updates on your tasks.

[Photo above by Jeremy Keith / CC BY-ND 2.0]