Outlook Calendar Timer

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David_H

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I use Outlook for time tracking. Is there any way to automatically insert a start time and end time by clicking on a button? It's very laborious to have to manually enter the start and end time. I'm aware that I could use Journal, but Journal is worthless for other reasons.

I have seen some add-ons like time meter, but I don't want to add some cumbersome add-on when all I want to do is auto-fill start (when I start) and end (when I end) with the current time.
 

Diane Poremsky

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Outlook 2016 32 bit
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Yeah, you can either use the time and date on the Insert ribbon (2007/2010) or use a custom form with a command button. See How to Insert the Date and Time into an Outlook Item | Slipstick Systems for the code and instructions.

As an FYI, I use a windows utility called ActiveWords. I can type date and 2 spaces and it turns into today's date. (I purchased it to enter boilerplate text but love the date feature.)
 

David_H

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Thanks Diane. The problem I am encountering is that I want to insert the time into the time field, i.e. when I begin my task I want to insert it into the start time and when I end my task I want to insert it into the end time. Outlook won't allow you to insert the time into the time field. Do you know if ActiveWords can do so, I assume not? It's not the end of the world if I have to copy/paste but it sure would be nice if I could automate it.
 

Diane Poremsky

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Outlook 2016 32 bit
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Office 365 Exchange
ActiveWords will enter the time - but are you aware of the shortcuts to type time? It might be easier than using activewords. You can type nowand when you tab out, it converts to the current time. That would be as fast as typing time (activewords shortcut).

You can also type times without the colon and outlook convert them to times: 1021 = 10:21 AM. Use 1021p for 10:21 PM. 10.5 = 10:30.
 
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