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joe mccarron

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Hello

I would really like to be able to copy and paste (into my task list 'Workflowy') the Outlook Today calendar view (pictured below).

It is possible to highlight it but(apparently) impossible to copy either by right click on the mouse or Ctrl+C.

Alternatively, it would be great to recreate the same view. I have tried to do that in the manage views section but can't find the fields that would give me start time and end time and meeting title (and show only the recurring appointments that are happening 'today')

I have found a workaround to get the exact result I want, which is to take a screen clipping of the below, paste it into Onenote, then rely on the OCR functionality to copy the text from the image. That is quite fun, but seems a bit ridiculous.

Thanks for reading and hope you can help.

Joe

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You can use a list view and get the fields you need - it doesn't work well with recurring events though. If you paste into Excel and copy you might get an easier to read table.

Create a view - i used next 7 days , no recurrences. I changed the format of the time cells in outlook - if using excel, you could format them in excel. Select all, Ctrl+C then paste into Notepad or Excel, copy and paste into the task. If you don't paste into Notepad or excel first, it pastes the items - use the paste button to change to text . It is slower though.

Format will look like this:

Code:
Start    End    Subject    Location   
Wed 10/1/2014 12:30 PM    1:00 PM    My Appointment!       
Wed 10/1/2014 10:00 PM    10:30 PM    Your Appointment       
Wed 10/1/2014 11:30 PM    12:00 AM    Online Appointment       
Fri 10/3/2014 2:30 AM    3:00 AM    Contract Ends       
Sat 10/4/2014 9:00 AM    10:00 AM    Hair Cut       
Tue 10/7/2014 1:30 PM    2:00 PM    One More Appointment       
Tue 10/7/2014 3:30 PM    4:30 PM    Troubleshooting the installation    This is a virtual meeting
 
Thanks Diane

Yes. creating the list view goes some way to solving the problem except it can't deal well with recurring items ( think because there isn't a start date field) and there is no fields that present day and date separately (which can be fixed in Excel LEFT, MID etc)

Just such a shame that 'Outlook today' already presents the information exactly as I need it, and that info can be selected, but seems to be read only- would be nice to copy and paste into my list

Thanks for the response.

Joe


You can use a list view and get the fields you need - it doesn't work well with recurring events though. If you paste into Excel and copy you might get an easier to read table.

Create a view - i used next 7 days , no recurrences. I changed the format of the time cells in outlook - if using excel, you could format them in excel. Select all, Ctrl+C then paste into Notepad or Excel, copy and paste into the task. If you don't paste into Notepad or excel first, it pastes the items - use the paste button to change to text . It is slower though.

Format will look like this:

Code:
Start    End    Subject    Location  
Wed 10/1/2014 12:30 PM    1:00 PM    My Appointment!      
Wed 10/1/2014 10:00 PM    10:30 PM    Your Appointment      
Wed 10/1/2014 11:30 PM    12:00 AM    Online Appointment      
Fri 10/3/2014 2:30 AM    3:00 AM    Contract Ends      
Sat 10/4/2014 9:00 AM    10:00 AM    Hair Cut      
Tue 10/7/2014 1:30 PM    2:00 PM    One More Appointment      
Tue 10/7/2014 3:30 PM    4:30 PM    Troubleshooting the installation    This is a virtual meeting
 
Recurring events use the initial start date - the dates of each occurrence is not used in table view. I have a macro that grabs the dates - if you need to do this often, a macro could grab the upcoming appointments and send them to Excel or just use export and choose the dates - that should correctly export the occurrences.

This shows how to get the occurrences - http://www.slipstick.com/developer/print-list-recurring-dates-vba/
 
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