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Office 365 (Outlook 2016 | Outlook 2013) - Create a task from a message
When you want to create a task based on the contents of an email message, you don't have to re-enter all the information. Instead, click the message and drag it to Tasks on the navigation bar.
The contents of the message, except attachments, are copied to the body of a new task. A task created this way is the same as if you created a task from scratch, except you save time as contents from the message are automatically added to the new task. Just like for any task, you can set a due date, add a reminder, or assign the task to someone else. You can also drag contacts, calendar items, and notes to the Navigation Bar to create tasks.
Creating a task from a message versus flagging the message