Outlook Calendar And Tasks On The Desktop

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 16, 2010
Updated • Jul 10, 2016
Microsoft Outlook, Software

Daniel reviewed a program called Outlook on the desktop two years ago which enables Windows users to display the Outlook calendar on the system's desktop where it can be conveniently accessed without having to open Microsoft Outlook.

The calendar displays the most recent appointments and events right on the desktop so that they are always in view (unless hidden underneath windows of course).

That's super useful if you use the calendar in Outlook, as you can see your schedule at a glance without bringing Outlook to the front first or starting it.

DeskTask is an alternative to Outlook on the desktop. It was recommended by Jojo in the comments back then, and a review has since then been on my todo list.


The software program connects to Microsoft Outlook to display the Outlook Calendar and Todo list on the computer desktop.

This feature became even more interesting with the release of Windows 7 which provides options to look at the computer desktop without having to minimize the applications via its Aero Peek feature.

Basically, what it enables you to do is click on it or use the shortcut Windows-M to display the desktop and thus the calendar and todo list.

DeskTask is compatible with all Microsoft operating system from Windows 2000 to Windows 10, and all Microsoft Outlook versions from Outlook 2000 to Outlook 2016.

The program displays the Outlook Calendar and Todo list automatically upon startup. It is possible to move the interface around on the computer desktop so that it can be placed in an appropriate location where it does not annoy the hell out of you. Note that it is displayed on top of the wallpaper but since it consists only of text, you still see the wallpaper underneath the events and tasks.

DeskTask display the current's week calendar sorted by days, and the todo list on the desktop. The homepage of the developer has a faq that helps you if you encounter issues, for instance that the data is not displayed.

Interestingly enough, you may use DeskTask to display flagged emails from the inbox as well. Recent versions ship with a range of display and filtering options that define what is displayed where on the desktop.


DeskTask is a free software that can be downloaded directly from the developer's website. If you work with Outlook regularly, you amy want to give it a try as it may improve how you access information when working with a Windows computer.

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  1. Jojo said on February 17, 2010 at 1:07 am

    A tip – if you want to move the desktop display around, make sure that you DON’T have “Lock Window” turned on for the right-click menu in the tray.

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