How to create Microsoft To Do tasks from messages on Microsoft Teams

Save Microsoft Teams messages as Microsoft To Do tasks
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On Microsoft Teams, at one point, you will receive a message that you may want to convert into a Microsoft To Do task to make sure that whatever that is you won't forget to get it done. However, since this integration does not exist, you need to copy the message and create the task manually on the To Do app or through the Tasks app (subscription required).

Although the process is not exactly difficult, it adds extra clicks and typing that break the workflow on Windows 10 or mobile phone. If you want to send a message directly into a task, you should use the Microsoft Teams Tasks add-on from Awara IT. Once the add-on is set up, you can quickly create Microsoft To Do tasks from messages arriving in your channels or one-to-one chats.

In this Windows 10 guide, we will walk you through the steps of integrating Microsoft To Do into Microsoft Teams to convert messages into tasks.

How to connect Microsoft To Do to Teams

To integrate Microsoft To Do into Teams, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Teams.
  2. Click on Apps from the bottom-left corner.
  3. Search for Tasks and click the item by Awara IT from the result.

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  1. Click the Add button.

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  1. Select one of your chats from the left pane.
  2. Click the Tasks button below near the reply box.Quick tip: You may also get a pop-up immediately after selecting to chat to sign in.
  3. Click the Sign in button.

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  1. Click the Sign in button.
  2. Confirm your Microsoft credentials.
  3. Click the Accept button to allow the app access to the account information.

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  1. Click the Close (X) button.

Once you complete the steps, you can start creating tasks without switching to a different app.

How to create task from a Microsoft Teams message

To create a Microsoft To Do task from a Microsoft Teams message, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Teams.
  2. Hover over any message.
  3. Click the context menu (three-dotted) button on the message on a chat or team (channel).
  4. Select the "More actions" and click the Create Task option.

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  1. Confirm a title for the task as you want it to appear in Microsoft To Do.

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  1. (Optional) Select a due date.
  2. (Optional) In the "Body" section, add more detail about the task. This information will append to the note section of the Microsoft To Do task along with the Teams message.
  3. (Optional) Use the Importance drop-down menu to select the priority of the task, including Low, Normal, or High.
  4. Click the Send button.
  5. Click the Close button.

After you complete the steps, the task will be created, and it'll be available in the "Tasks" list of Microsoft To-Do, where you can view, edit, remove, or mark as completed.

If you want to stop granting permissions to the add-on from your account, click the Tasks button, and then click the Sign out button.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

5 Comments
  • Does Step #6 require a good voice?
  • Yes, otherwise, it won't let you continue. LOL, thanks for catching that one.
  • It would be nice if this was a native feature of the To-do app. Otherwise, this is pretty cool and useful.
  • This is pretty awesome. I love To-Do. Any idea if there's something like this that can submit an Issue to GitHub from Teams? I could see that being incredibly useful for expanding the reporting directly to developers without having to manage a GitHub account for non-developers.
  • There's a template to do that via Power Automate:
    https://us.flow.microsoft.com/en-us/galleries/public/templates/2269026fa... I haven't used it, but it might be a good starting point for you.