How to quickly capture tasks while not in Outlook

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Open notepad
  3. 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
  4. save the document as namefile.bat (in my case I just called it newtask.bat)
  5. 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

And to make it really simple here are 2 text files respectively for Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2013. Just copy them, rename them “.bat” instead of “.bat.txt” and go to 5) directly

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