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Empty Task List in To-Do Bar

Today I started Outlook and my Task List was completely empty which is (sadly) definitely not the case. At the top there is some flashing/scrolling red bar and it says that it is still loading but after waiting a few hours and restarting Outlook, it is still empty.

How can I make my tasks visible again in the To-Do Bar?

This would be another example of a corruption of the To-Do Bar that could occur. To recover, you’ll have to reset the To-Do Bar by starting Outlook with the /resettodobar switch.

  • Windows XP
    Start-> Run; outlook.exe /resettodobar
  • Windows Vista and Windows 7
    Start-> type; outlook.exe /resettodobar

Empty Task List in To-Do Bar
It’s says it’s loading, but is it really?

Starting Outlook with the resettodobar switch in Windows 7.
Starting Outlook with the resettodobar switch in Windows 7.
(note the space in the command above)

Note 1: If this is happening more frequently, standard troubleshooting methods should help you to resolve the issue indefinitely.

Note 2: For a list of other command line switches for Outlook see the guide; How to use command line switches


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