Automatically move weekend appointments to Monday or Friday

Posted on 2008-10-13
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Is there a way to automatically move an Outlook appointment to either a Monday of Friday if the recurrence falls on a Sunday or Saturday respectively?

For instance, I have a meeting that is scheduled for the 20th of each month.  However, if the 20th is on a Saturday, we have the meeting on the preceding Friday and if it falls on a Sunday we have it on the following Monday.  I would like Outlook to follow this same logic.
Question by:shtaffa
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Expert Comment

by:David Lee
ID: 22703655
Hi, shtaffa.

Outlook has no means of doing that using a recurring appointment.  You'd have to schedule the appointments individually.
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Expert Comment

by:Patrick Matthews
ID: 22703690
Hello David,

I was thinking that perhaps there would be a VBA approach to test each recurrence for happening on a weekend,
and adjust the date accordingly.  Of course, I did not feel confident enough in my Outlook VBA skills to actually
attempt it...



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Expert Comment

by:David Lee
ID: 22705500
Hi, Patrick.

Interesting idea.  Generate the appointments, then go through them all looking for ones falling on a weekend.  Adjust those that are.  That might work, but I see a couple of potential problems.  First, if the user ever edited the series, then I'm pretty sure Outlook would reset the appointments to the original day.  The user would have to run the script again to readjust them.  Second, Outlook doesn't generate all the items at once for an open-ended appointment.  It might be necessary to run the script periodically to adjust the dates.

All things considered I don't think a recurring appointment is the best approach.  I think a better approach is to use a script to simulate a recurring appointment.  Create an appointment, then run a script to make duplicates of that appointment at the desired interval.  The script would have the intelligence necessary to test the day the appointment falls on and adjust it accordingly.  A second script could propagate changes to the base appointment to its clones, and a third script could delete all occurrences of the appointment.  None of the scripts would be very complicated.  
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Expert Comment

by:Patrick Matthews
ID: 22706699

On balance, I think you're right--create each instance independently (scripting that would be easy), and don't
try to do it on a recurring basis...


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Expert Comment

by:David Lee
ID: 22706828

Do you want to give a scripted solution a shot?

Author Comment

ID: 22706866
It seems like that would be kind of a pain.  I was hoping for more of a "click on this, click on this and you're done, you idiot" type answer.
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Accepted Solution

David Lee earned 250 total points
ID: 22706916
Sorry, Outlook just isn't built for doing this.  
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Assisted Solution

by:Patrick Matthews
Patrick Matthews earned 250 total points
ID: 22709339

Here's a start.  No doubt David can make it a bit better, but it's pretty easy to implement.


Sub MakeAppts()
    Dim meet As AppointmentItem
    Dim StDate As Date
    Dim EndDate As Date
    Dim UseDate As Date
    StDate = #10/20/2008 9:00:00 AM#
    EndDate = #1/20/2009 9:00:00 AM#
    UseDate = StDate
    Do While UseDate <= EndDate
        Set meet = CreateItem(olAppointmentItem)
        With meet
            Select Case Weekday(UseDate, vbMonday)
                Case 1 To 5: .Start = UseDate
                Case 6: .Start = UseDate - 1
                Case 7: .Start = UseDate + 1
            End Select
            .End = UseDate + TimeSerial(1, 0, 0)
            .Subject = "subject"
            With .Recipients
                .Add ""
                .Add ""
            End With
        End With
        UseDate = DateAdd("m", 1, UseDate)
    MsgBox "Done"
End Sub

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Author Closing Comment

ID: 31505594
I have closed this issue and assigned the points to be split between you both.  Thanks for taking the time to think this through.

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