How to make a copy of a task

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inventif

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Hi,

I really tried researching this before posting, but nothing comes up even close.

Essentially, I would like to do a quick copy/paste of a task, so that I could only modify it's title, for example, and keep everything else as-is. This comes handy if you have a task that could span more than one instance, for example painting your deck with decking oil and having to wait a day before applying coats.

I would like to make the first instance of the task (e.g. Paint deck - Day 1), then copy and paste it (effectively creating a duplicate) and then just touching up the "Day 1" and changing it to "Day 2", so I end up having two separate tasks: "Paint Deck - Day 1" and "Paint Deck - Day 2".

I am aware that there is an option to do something similar if first task is assigned to someone, but we're talking plain unassigned tasks.

It may very well be that I am overlooking the blindingly obvious, but the "usual" right-click-copy on a task name in the Task Pane isn't followed up by any form of paste, including no right-click-paste.

Cheers!
 

Diane Poremsky

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Outlook version
Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
It may very well be that I am overlooking the blindingly obvious, but the "usual" right-click-copy on a task name in the Task Pane isn't followed up by any form of paste, including no right-click-paste.
Ctrl+C, then Ctrl+V should work... but it's an identical copy. A macro could copy & paste in one step and change the date too.
 

inventif

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Thanks for the suggestion, Diane. I did try it initially before posting, and it didn't work. I am using Outlook 2016 -- could that be the reason?
 

Diane Poremsky

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Outlook version
Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
No, it should work in all versions of outlook. What view are you using?
 

inventif

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My preference would be in the To-Do Bar. I also tried in the full Tasks view, where Ctrl+V results in "needing permissions to write to this folder" -- although this is an acocunt I created with my main credentials for Office365.
 

Michael Bauer

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Outlook 2010 32 bit
Email Account
Exchange Server
Another drawback of copy&paste is that it also copies the search_key property of the original item. The one or other sync tool could have its problems with that.
 

Diane Poremsky

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Outlook version
Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
My preference would be in the To-Do Bar. I also tried in the full Tasks view, where Ctrl+V results in "needing permissions to write to this folder" -- although this is an acocunt I created with my main credentials for Office365.
Is this an outlook.com account or Exchange?
 
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