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Double task items in Outlook 2007

I did some Outlook tweaking and tinkering this morning and noticed all of a sudden double entries for my task (to-do list) items. However if you try to delete one, both entries of the same task are gone. Weird, but there’s a solution:

Close Outlook and restart it by going to
Start -> Run then type “outlook.exe /resettodobar

Once your Outlook opens up you should only see single entries of your tasks again.

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  • stormm

    Thanks for your info, the trick works wonderful, except the double entries shows up again immediately. There is a line above the to-do-list that lights up (appear to be updating something) and when it stops the list is again showing double entries. I assume I have some setting wrong or maybe I have the list doubled somewhere, but where?

  • That's a bit unusual. As a next step, I would recommend repairing the Office installation. It might be easier than to tinker with settings and try to find that one small change.

  • stormm

    I have a total clean install of Windows 7 Home Prem with a clean install of Office 2007. I did import all my previous files from my old install into my new Outlook 2007. I ran the diagnostic tool inside Outlook and it came up clean. I have not tinkered with my installation of Outlook, but it just started to double up pretty much right away after I imported my backup files.

  • If your Tasks have multiple categories try going to View -> Arrange By and select Due Date. I believe that multiple categories make them display once per category.

  • stormm

    Well, I have tried several different solutions, but in the end I was able to just delete in the task pane itself and this time it only deleted what I deleted and not the other entry, which appeared as a double. I had tried this before and it just deleted all the entries, but not this time. Go figure. I'm not sure what I did differently, but now it is working perfectly….at least for now!
    Thanks for the helpful suggestions.

  • stormm

    I have a total clean install of Windows 7 Home Prem with a clean install of Office 2007. I did import all my previous files from my old install into my new Outlook 2007. I ran the diagnostic tool inside Outlook and it came up clean. I have not tinkered with my installation of Outlook, but it just started to double up pretty much right away after I imported my backup files.

  • If your Tasks have multiple categories try going to View -> Arrange By and select Due Date. I believe that multiple categories make them display once per category.

  • stormm

    Well, I have tried several different solutions, but in the end I was able to just delete in the task pane itself and this time it only deleted what I deleted and not the other entry, which appeared as a double. I had tried this before and it just deleted all the entries, but not this time. Go figure. I'm not sure what I did differently, but now it is working perfectly….at least for now!
    Thanks for the helpful suggestions.

  • Belinda

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • TJ Shively

    WRONG – DID NOT WORK

  • TJ,

    what Operating System are you using and are both, your OS and Office suite up to date? It’s been a while since I posted this and it worked fine for me and few others. I’ve been using Outlook 2010 for a while now, but I can probably get access to v.2007 and try to help you get this resolved.

  • Kathylas1102

    this doesn’t work when I type it in – says it can’t find that file 

  • What operating system do you have and which version of Outlook?

  • Gummibear42083

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!

  •  I’m glad it worked for you as well. Have a great day!