Changing the ownership of calendar items

Jezz

Member
Outlook version
Outlook 2010 32 bit
Email Account
Exchange Server
Hi, I'd like to know if it's possible to change the ownership of Outlook calendar items. I'm referring to the name which appears in the "From" field when you view the calendar in a table layout and add the "From" field to it.

It's also the same name which you see when you open a calendar item and click the Scheduling Assistant button - it's the name listed there as the Meeting Organiser.

The reason I want to change it, is because I have hundreds of old calendar items in my Outlook calendar, which were created using an old Exchange account that I no longer use. So the "From" field shows the old address and old name (in the format Lastname, Firstname) from my old Exchange account. I want to update them to reflect my current email address and name, which is now "Firstname Lastname" and using a different email.

AFAIK it's not possible to directly edit each calendar item and change this. But I'm wondering if there's any other way, eg. by exporting/importing, or using some script, or whatever. Of course it would also need to make sure that no other info from the calendar items was changed or lost in the process, eg. for recurring events.

I'm not looking for an answer that tells me, "the owner name has no effect on the calendar, so this is irrelevant". I already know that. :) I want to know if it's possible to change the ownership anyway. I just want all the items to have the same ownership name. So this is more of a question of "is it possible from a technical point of view", rather than "does this have any effect on the functionality of the calendar".

BTW my mailbox is running on Exchange, so maybe there's something programmatic that can be done on the Exchange server to update the ownership? Using PowerShell or something???
 

Diane Poremsky

Senior Member
Outlook version
Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
Export to CSV and changing the owner name (if its in the export) then import should work. It will break meetings though.

you might be able to change it using a macro and Redemption, without breaking meetings, but i don't have an code samples or know for sure if it will work.
 

Jezz

Member
Outlook version
Outlook 2010 32 bit
Email Account
Exchange Server
Yeah, exporting to CSV isn't an option as it will break things - I did try this - the problem is that not every field is exported or imported back. Eg. if you have a recurring event, and you've also made some exceptions to the recurrence, this will be lost. So this isn't an option unfortunately.

It sounds like there's no way to achieve this then, unless someone else has an idea. :(
 

Diane Poremsky

Senior Member
Outlook version
Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
Recurring events & exceptions should export, but they will be converted to individual events, so you won't lose the event, only the recurrence.

Someone said they saved events as ics files and edited them in notepad to change the owner then imported. I have not tried it and its a fairly labor intensive, but it sounds like you have a good test environment to know if it works for all events.
 
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