HTML Task Alternate Home Page View Control

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I have been extensively using tasks in Outlook for years and typically have been using different Views, recently I have been using an HTML page inside Outlook to give some different combined views, like putting tasks in an Eisenhauser Matrix.

This seems to be working pretty well; however, I would like to have different view's used in each of the "cards" rather than the view used in the last state I left the task folder in. ie if I left the folder in Detailed View I want it to show the Simple List (where I have added filters columns, and groupings) not Detailed View.

I have been trying to figure this out for a couple of hours now to no avail. I hope someone may have the answer to help on this.

<div class="col-md-4 col-xs-3 bg-danger">
<h6>URGENT AND IMPORTANT - Must-Do-Today </h6>
<OBJECT classid=CLSID:0006F063-0000-0000-C000-000000000046
id=ViewCtlFolder style="width:100%;height: 24em;">
<param name="Namespace" value="MAPI">
<param name="Folder" value="Tasks">
<param name ="View" value="Simple List">
<param name="Restriction" value="[Priority] = 'High' and [Schedule+ Priority] >'0' ">
<param name="DeferUpdate" value="0">

Diane Poremsky

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It's been a long time since i worked with the view control (they neutered it in the name of security, making it less useful)... according to the title of a link at Using the Outlook View Control there is an issue with the view getting reset, but the kb article it links to was removed so i can't tell if it applies to this situation and i don't recall if there is a solution.

You could use vba to reset the view on task every time you open the task folder.


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Thanks Diane. Oddly enough when I change the deferupdate value to 1, it allows the different view (columns) like I want but I get no data.

While not optimum I am thinking a great work around would be to create a couple of virtual search folder similar to the To-Do which I can leverage as the results are persisted in that folder. Is there a way to replicate the to-do folder (similar to creating search folders in messages?)

Diane Poremsky

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To the best of my knowledge, no you cant replicate the to-do list, although it is just a search folder, so you could use instant search. However, it is not persistent.
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