I was looking for a quick way to start a new task in Outlook when not in Outlook (in Outlook, the shortcut is CTRL+SHIFT+K).
A quick look at outlook help file and voila, through the simple /c ipm.task command line switch in Outlook associated with one of my keyboards programmable keys (or could be a Windows shortcut to the file, for instance CTRL+SHIF+T).
Specifically, here is how to implement it:
- Locate the folder in which the Outlook.exe file resides. In my case on a Windows 7 x64 with the latest version of outlook (2013) it’s “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 15\root\office15\”, with Office 2007 it’s “C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\” etc.
- Open notepad
- type the path in 1) starting with a “ + outlook.exe” /c ipm.task
This should give: “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 15\root\office15\outlook.exe” /c ipm.task
- save the document as namefile.bat (in my case I just called it newtask.bat)
- Associate this file with a shortcut key:
- If your keyboard has programmable keys you can use them
- If not :
- create a shortcut to the file (right-click on the file name in Windows Explorer, “create shortcut”)
- right click on this shortcut and associate to the keyboard shortcut you want