Quickly Create Appointments from Tasks with Outlook 2007’s To-Do Bar

Like any geek, I spend many hours looking for ways to save a few minutes out of my day. Everybody knows that dragging emails or tasks to the calendar icon on the left hand Outlook menu will open a new appointment… but wouldn’t it be simpler to drag it to a specific day?

The To-Do bar in Outlook 2007 allows us to do just that… you can drag any item to a specific day on the calendar without having to switch views.

For illustration, I created a new task in the list…

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Now just drag that task up to the day you want to create an appointment…

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And up pops a new appointment, already keyed to the correct day. Instead of having to select the date, it’s already done for us!

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You might notice the example dates are way in the past… I wrote this tip and then forgot to post it. At least I shaved a few seconds off my day!

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