Nexus provides an electronic to-do list known as Tasks. You can add tasks, either by simply typing them in or by turning an email message into a task. You can set a completion date or time, and track progress as you work through the task. You can also assign tasks to others and receive notification when the task is updated or completed.
This section tells you how to get started using Tasks. If you would like to follow a self-paced course, you can try the Managing Tasks with Outlook 2003 Using MS Outlook 2003 which is available as a pdf-file.
1. Creating a task
Tasksicon in the left-hand navigation pane (or use the
[Go]menu and select
Figure images/tasks1.png [Displaying the Tasks display without any tasks listed]
You can create/add tasks in different ways. One way is to use the list of tasks display (in the right-hand part of the Tasks window under 'Subject'). Simply click where it says "Click here to add a new Task". Type in a subject for your task and add a due date (optional). The task then appears among your previously listed tasks.
Figure images/tasksCreate [New blank task display]
You can also turn an email message into a task. Simply click on your message (in the Email display) and drag-and-drop it onto the Tasks icon (circled in the screenshot Figure 1, The Tasks window)
If you want to add or edit information about a task you use the task screen. Find the task in the task list and double-click on it to display its task screen.
Once you have opened a task screen, you can add or edit information about the task, such as a subject, when it is due, and a description. You can also set up a reminder.
Categories... button (bottom right of task screen) allows
you to assign categories/lables to your tasks. A default list of categories
exists but you can also add your own.
2. Working with tasks
You can change the way your tasks are displayed. By using the options list under
Current view heading in the left-hand panel, you can quickly
change from one view to another, for example displaying all tasks, only tasks
that are due this week, tasks listed according to category and so on.
Figure images/tasksView.png [Current view list showing listing options, such as Simple List, Detailed List, Active Tasks and more]
Due Date, your tasks will be displayed sorted by their due date. If you click on
Subject, the tasks are listed alphabetically according to their subject. What headings you see varies between different views. If you have set your current view to
By Person Responsibleyou see a different set of headings than if you have selected
Figure images/tasksSort [Sorting tasks pane displayed with three tasks listed]
Detailstab offers the option of entering more details, including the number of hours spent on a task.
Figure images/tasks2.png [Showing task screen with 50 added for '%Complete']
% Completed, or
Date Completedoption) or by simply clicking the tick-box in front of the task in the task list (available in Simple List view).
Figure images/tasksSimple [Task list with 'completed' boxes, one ticked]
3. Shared tasks
3.1. Sharing your tasks
You can share your task with other Nexus users and decide what they are able to do with your tasks (this is different from assigning tasks to others, as described below, and delegating access, described on another page).
Share My Tasks...in the left-hand pane of your tasks screen.
Figure images/tasksShare.png [Tasks screen with Share My Tasks option]
Task Propertiesscreen opens.
Figure images/tasksShare2.png [Tasks Properties screen with only Default and Anonymous listed]
Addbutton and select the person whom you are giving permission to share your tasks from the list. Click
Permissionspart of the Figure 8, Tasks Properties
3.2. Viewing shared tasks
Open Shared Tasks...in the left-hand pane of your tasks screen.
Figure images/tasksShare.png [Tasks screen with Open Shared Tasks option]
Namebutton. In the list that pops up, select the name of the person who is sharing their calendar with you. Click
Figure images/tasksName.png [Open Shared Tasks screen, with Name and OK buttons.]
You should now be able to see the tasks of this person.
4. Assigning tasks to others
In addition to using Nexus Tasks to manage your own work, you can also set up
tasks to be preformed by others who are also using Nexus. This is called making
Task request. For example, if you are the manager of a project,
you may want to set up tasks and assign them to other people in the group. You
will also be able to keep track of how the work is progressing.
Making a task request
[Actions]menu and selecting
[New Task Request].
Figure images/tasksRequest.png [A Task request screen with some information added.]
Keep an updated copy of this task on my task list(the task will be on your task list and change when other people make changes) and
Send me a status report when this task is complete(you will be notified when the task has been completed).
Tobutton and select the task recipient from the list that pops up.
Sendto send the task request.
The task recipient will receive an email with information about the task and can choose to accept or decline. If they accept, the task is added to their task list.
If you have opted for that, you will be notified by email when the task is updated. When you open an update email, you will see the updated task. The task updates are added to your copy of the task in your task list when you close the email message.
When a task has been completed two messages are sent to you (assuming you have selected to be notified). In addition to the update message (which updates your copy of the task with the completion details) you get a final status report on the task, providing such information as start and end dates, duration of hours, and more.
5. Receiving a task request
When someone assigns a task request to you, you will receive an email message with information about the task. You can accept or decline the request by clicking on the relevant button at the top of the email message (assuming you are using an Outlook or Entourage client). If you accept the task, it is added to your task list.
Working on tasks assigned to you is no different from working on your own tasks; you can add information to the text field, update how much you have completed, etc. However, when an assigned task is updated or completed, the requestor will be notified (assuming they have opted for this).
6. Where next?
If you have any problems, in the first instance you should contact your local (College or Department) IT staff. If they cannot help then please contact the OUCS Helpcentre for further assistance.