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How to Get Automatic Email Reminders in Windows 10 With Suggested Tasks

Ben Stegner 01-08-2018

Nobody can keep track of everything they need to do, which is why reminder apps are so useful. You’ll find no shortage of these apps available for every platform—but on Windows, you need not look any further than Cortana Cortana in Windows 10: Everything You Need to Know The digital assistant Microsoft Cortana is an integral part of Windows 10. Do you wonder what Cortana can do or how to turn Cortana off? We've got answers. Read More .


While you could always set reminders manually, a new Windows 10 feature will have Cortana remind you about important tasks without you having to do anything. Here’s how it works.

How to Use Windows 10’s Suggested Tasks

If you haven’t turned Cortana off, Suggested Tasks should work out of the box. Have a look at these steps to make sure:

  1. You’ll need to have Cortana enabled for this to work. Check out our guide to setting up Cortana How to Set Up Cortana & Remove Her in Windows 10 Cortana is Microsoft's greatest productivity tool since Office. We'll show you how to get started with Windows 10's digital assistant or how to turn Cortana off for improved privacy. Read More if you’re not using her already.
  2. Next, ensure you’ve given Cortana access to your communication information. You’ll find this setting at Settings > Cortana > Permissions & History. Click the Manage the information Cortana can access from this device link, and make sure you have Contacts, email, calendar & communication history enabled. Cortana-Access-Info
  3. Check to confirm you have Suggested tasks turned on. Open Cortana from the Taskbar, then click the Notebook icon on the left sidebar. Switch to the Manage skills tab, scroll down to Suggested tasks, and make sure you have the slider and checkbox here both enabled.
  4. Finally, connect the email services you want to use to Cortana. Open the Notebook > Manage skills section again, then click Connected services. Select Office 365,, Gmail, or Knowmail depending on what you use. Follow the steps to link your account.


After this, you’re all set up to use Suggested Tasks. Now when you send emails containing phrases like “I’ll send you the information by Friday” or “I will let you know on Thursday,” Cortana will show a reminder before that task is due. It all happens automatically, so enjoy the convenience of having a second set of eyes on your commitments!

For more like this, check out how Cortana can organize your life How to Make Cortana Organize Your Life Your life is so complex, you deserve a personal assistant. Meet Cortana, your virtual assistant ready to serve at the tip of your tongue. We'll show you how to effectively delegate tasks to Cortana. Read More .


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