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For the past month, I have had random appointments showing up in my calendar that noone has sheduled.  The appointment has no subject, and is usually in 30 minute time periods.  Does anyone have any ideas on how to stop these? Thanks, Lisa
 
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by:David Lee
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Hi jeffharlan,

Who is the meeting organizer?

Cheers!
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It says I am.
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Are you using any Outlook add-ins?
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Yes, Delegate Access, Deleted Item Recovery, Exchange Extensions commands, and Exchange Extensions property pages.
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So, you've delegated access to your calendar, right?  Have you checked to see if one of those you've delegated access to is creating these by accident?
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Yes, I've delegated access, and noone has created them. I got another one this morning.  Any ideas?
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jeffharlan,

I've been using Outlook for a long time and I've never seen it randomly create entries in any folder, calendar or otherwise.  I'm not familiar with the add-ins you listed, but based on their names I don't see that they have anything to do with the calendar.  For the moment I'd rule them out.  That leaves those that you've delegated access to.  My bet is that one of them is causing this and doesn't realize it.  That'd fit the symptoms.  I'm going to run a test to see if there's any way to tell a delegate created item from one you created.  If I can find a way to do that, then we could tell definitively where the appointments are coming from.  I'll post more as soon as I determine if I can tell that.
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Another point I wanted to mention is that the appointment is set to send me a reminder, but I never get one.  This whole thing is really wierd and abnormal.
Lisa
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Lisa,

Here's a test.  The macro below will show who created an appointment and wehn it was created.  Follow these instructions to use it to test a couple of the spontaneously appearing appointments.

1.  Click Tools->Macro->Visual Basic Editor
2.  If not already expanded, expand Modules and click on Module1
3.  Copy the code below and paste it into the right-hand pane of the editor window
4.  Click the diskette icon on the toolbar to save the changes
5.  Close the VB Editor window
6.  Click Tools->Macro->Security
7.  Set the Security Level to Medium
8.  Switch to your calendar
9.  Select an appointment
10.  Run the macro by clicking Tools->Macro->Macros, selecting this macro, and clicking Run.  A dialog-box will appear telling you who created the appointment and when that occurred.  

Sub ShowMeetingInfo()
    Dim olkAppointment As Outlook.AppointmentItem
    Set olkAppointment = Application.ActiveExplorer.Selection(1)
    MsgBox "This meeting was created by " & olkAppointment.Organizer & " at " & olkAppointment.CreationTime, vbInformation + vbOKOnly
    Set olkAppointment = Nothing
End Sub
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Okay, it says:
This meeting was created by Lisa Spencer at 4/24/2006  7:43:24 AM.  I don't think this was my login time.  I have turned my alerts on to see if this happens at login in the morning.  I have also discovered that the meeting is not put in my calendar, just an e-mail goes to me in my inbox.  Thanks for your help! The mystery continues! Lisa
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I've found out that a new meeting is created everytime Outlook is opened. Outlook is sticking the meeting in my deleted folder.   I can't find anything in the settings that would do this.  Lisa
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by:David Lee
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Are there any macros running at startup?  Are there any synchronization errors?  Do you have access to OWA?  If so, it'd be interesting to see if the appointment appears when it's lauchned or if it only happnes in the full version of Outlook.
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It appears to only happen in the full version of Outlook.  No macros and no synchronization errors. I set Outlook to load showing my deleted items folder, and can actually see the appointment appear! It's like it's posessed by a ghost.  LOL Lisa
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Something is creating the appointments.  How about disabling the add-ins temporarily as a test?  
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I disabled all add-ins in add-in manager, and restarted outlook and it still created the appointment.  There are no COM add-ins.
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I've only got two suggestions left.  One, try creating a new Outlook profile.  You don't have to delete this one, at least not yet, but I'd be curious to see if the problem shows up in a new profile.  Two, call an exorcist!  Your computer is possessed.
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THE PROBLEM IS SOLVED!!! My computer was posessed by the Live Meeting Add-in Pack.  After I created a new profile, I opted not to install the Add-in, and the meeting was not created.  So I uninstalled the Add-in and all is well! Thanks for all your help! Lisa
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So, instead of a "ghost" in the machine you had a "Gates" in the machine.  Glad you got it fixed.  Take care.
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