Tasks: Reassigning and Canceling

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Recently I assigned a task to my boss to review a contract. She had a family

emergency and was out of the office for a week. She did not accept the task

before she left and the task needed to be done by someone else. I tried to

cancel the task and I tried to reassign it, but I didn't see any options for

it. Is there a "back-door" way to perform these changes? Is there a way to

assign it to someone else without re-creating the whole thing all over? When

I assigned the task, I also kept it on my task list.
 
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You can't cancel the task outright but you can create an unassigned copy,

then assign the copy to someone else. In Outlook 2007, click Details to

access unassigned copy.

"Stacia S" <StaciaS> wrote in message

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> Recently I assigned a task to my boss to review a contract. She had a
> family
> emergency and was out of the office for a week. She did not accept the
> task
> before she left and the task needed to be done by someone else. I tried
> to
> cancel the task and I tried to reassign it, but I didn't see any options
> for
> it. Is there a "back-door" way to perform these changes? Is there a way
> to
> assign it to someone else without re-creating the whole thing all over?
> When
> I assigned the task, I also kept it on my task list.
>
 
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Can this be done in Outlook 2003 as well? I tried it on a task that was

assigned, but I got a message saying that if I created an unassigned copy, I

would no longer get updates. How would I know when a task has been

completed? Can I create more than one unassigned copy?

"Diane Poremsky [MVP]" wrote:


> You can't cancel the task outright but you can create an unassigned copy,
> then assign the copy to someone else. In Outlook 2007, click Details to
> access unassigned copy.

> >

> > >

> > >

> "Stacia S" <StaciaS> wrote in message
> news:FE0955D9-210C-4C07-815F-6BA2F3F3E3DF@microsoft.com...
> > Recently I assigned a task to my boss to review a contract. She had a
> > family
> > emergency and was out of the office for a week. She did not accept the
> > task
> > before she left and the task needed to be done by someone else. I tried
> > to
> > cancel the task and I tried to reassign it, but I didn't see any options
> > for
> > it. Is there a "back-door" way to perform these changes? Is there a way
> > to
> > assign it to someone else without re-creating the whole thing all over?
> > When
> > I assigned the task, I also kept it on my task list.
> >

>
 
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I think it is possible to create more than one un-assigned copy. Here's how:

Let's say I created a task "Backup the database" and assigned it to my

colleague X. For some reasons, X was away from office and since the task was

crucial, I had to reassign it to another colleague Y.

Since I cannot remove the existing assignment, I have to open the task and

create an unassigned copy of the same. The message displayed by Outlook when

I do this simply means that if X came back and updated the task originally

assigned to him, I would not get those updates. Logical, it seems.

After I create the unassigned copy, I assign this copy to Y. Unfortunately

even Y is not able to find the time to complete it. I have to reopen the

task, create yet another Unassigned Copy and repeat the process, so I assign

it to person Q. Hopefully Q should do the job!

"Stacia S" wrote:


> Can this be done in Outlook 2003 as well? I tried it on a task that was
> assigned, but I got a message saying that if I created an unassigned copy, I
> would no longer get updates. How would I know when a task has been
> completed? Can I create more than one unassigned copy?
>
 
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