I created a shortcut to Outlook in the startup folder so it will open Outlook to the Mail tab at boot. I wish to add an extra outlook shortcut that links to Outlook's To-Do-List tab. I don't know the property flag for the To-Do-List though.

How can I open Outlook to the To-Do-List tab instead of the Mail tab?

  • You can flag it to open in to-do if you go to file - options - advanced - start outlook in this folder - browse - to do list You want to have a different shortcut depending on which icon you hit? I don't think that's possible, you can just click the to-do list on the bottom of the left navigation pane – Raystafarian Sep 17 '13 at 12:01
  • this works - "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\OUTLOOK.EXE" /select outlook:To-do%20list – Fergus May 26 '14 at 7:36

If I understand you correctly.


"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\OUTLOOK.EXE" /select outlook:To-do%20list

Or on 64-bit Windows :

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\OUTLOOK.EXE" /select outlook:To-do%20list

Make sure you leave the space represented by "%20".

shortcut properties

You can replace the parameter To-do%20list with Inbox to open the mail folder.

  • I can't type anything into the Target field. I went into the Startup folder, copied the outlook shortcut and choose properties. – Norfeldt May 26 '14 at 7:42
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    @Norfeldt: The idea is not to copy the Outlook shortcut but to create a new one. – harrymc May 26 '14 at 7:57
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    +1: Just tested this with Outlook 2013 (Office15) and it worked. :) – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 May 29 '14 at 18:07

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