View Full Version : Deleting completed tasks
08-28-2004, 02:17 PM
How can I tell Outlook to delete a completed task? Ideally I would like this to happen, say, a week after I have checked off the completed box. I know through the AutoArcheive function it can move or delete items older than X, but I'm not sure if that's what I want.
08-28-2004, 04:58 PM
I find it best to delete them manually during the weekly review. This gives you a chance to review them before you delete them and serves as a reminder of possible loops you have left open. I may be able to help you, but first, why would you want to delete them without first reviewing them?
08-30-2004, 01:01 PM
Thanks for your comments. I typically don't review an item after I mark it completed. If a task is done it's done. I do agree with you that a final review of a project is necessary before I show that as completed (i.e., any open loops).
08-30-2004, 02:40 PM
Well, we could write a fancy macro or somehting but here is a more simple solution: Create a view to show only completed items. When you are ready to purge, co a CTRL-A to Select All and then hit Delete.
I still think that you will be doing yourself a dis-service to not do a quick review of them first, however. Not all Next Actions will be part of a project that you review and you may be surprised at what a single completed next action may bring to remembrance.