This is an updated version of the Quick Outlook Task alias. I have written my own version of do.exe and it is now possible to set various properties of the task to be created: due date, start date, priority, reminder time and category.
QuickOutlookTask defines an alias for use with Find and Run Robot(FARR),
a quick-launch application for Microsoft Windows - see http://www.donationcoder..../Software/Mouser/findrun/
The alias makes it possible to quickly create a new task in Microsoft Outlook.
To install, extract the files in the archive to the following folder:
This will create the following two folders:
After this, start or restart FARR and a new alias "do" is now available.
To use the alias, hit your FARR hotkey (usually Break/Pause) and then type
something like: do This is an outlook task
This creates a new Outlook task for today with subject "This is an outlook task".
The following switches are available to set other properties of the task:
/d or /duedate or /due or /date - The due date of the task: the date when the task should be finished (e.g. tomorrow)
/s or /startdate or /start - The start date of the task (e.g. today)
/p or /priority or /importance - The priority of the task (normal, high, or low)
/r or /reminder or /rem - The reminder time for the task (e.g. 16:00)
/c or /category or /cat - The category to which the task is assigned
Dates can be given as a string that the system will try to recognize. Which strings are
recognized depends on your regional settings ("culture"). For instance, if you are
in the United States, the system will recognize strings like "7/28/2008" and "7/28".
However, if you are in the Netherlands, these strings should look like "28-7-2008" and "28-7".
The program also allows a few shortcuts. It will recognize the strings "today" and "tomorrow",
as well as the names of the days of the week and their three-letter abbreviations:
sun or sunday, mon or monday, tue or tuesday, etcetera.
do Buy flowers for husband
do Buy flowers for wife /p high
do Buy flowers /d tomorrow /rem 17:30
do Buy flowers /d fri /cat Love
do Paint house /start today /due 12-12
The archive contains the following files:
1. do.exe - The application that does the actual work, called by the alias.
2. do.ico - The icon shown in FARR - the standard Outlook task icon.
3. Microsoft.Outlook.Interop.Outlook.dll - A Microsoft DLL that allows do.exe to
work with Outlook.
4. QuickOutlookTask.alias - An XML file containing the definition of the alias.
5. Readme.txt - This readme file.
1. This alias works with Windows XP and Outlook 2003. I don't know about other
2. Although Outlook does not need to be running for this to work, it must be
present on your system.
3. For more information, go to the forum: http://www.donationcoder....14208.msg122224#msg122224