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How can I make outlook 2007 automatically reject meeting/invites requests by time.

There are folks in my company that tries to slip in a meeting into my calendar after my work hours.
People in different depts tend to have varying official working hours. But my calendar is normally so booked up during the day that some people try to book me for meetings as late as midnite.

It would be a bonus if I can reject meeting requests at specific times - like my lunch time.

The Resource Scheduling under Calendar options doesn't help because it forces me to also automatically accept meetings. which I don't ever want to do. I realize outlook does not readily provide such a feature.
but in  this related question, BlueDevilFan had a solution to reject meeting from outside a domain. Can a similar solution be found for my question?

thanks in advance
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David Lee earned 2000 total points
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Hi, pengster.

Yes, that's possible.  The code below should do what you've described.  Yo can change the times as needed.
Private Sub Application_NewMailEx(ByVal EntryIDCollection As String)
    Dim rrEID As Variant, varEID As Variant, olkItm As Object, olkAppointment As Outlook.AppointmentItem
    arrEID = Split(EntryIDCollection, ",")
    arrWords = Split(KILL_WORDS, ",")
    For Each varEID In arrEID
        Set olkItm = Session.GetItemFromID(varEID)
        If olkItm.Class = olMeetingRequest Then
            Set olkAppointment = olkItm.GetAssociatedAppointment(False)
            If DatePortion(olkAppointment.Start) = DatePortion(olkAppointment.End) Then
                If TimePortion(olkAppointment.Start) <= #1:00:00 PM# And TimePortion(olkAppointment.End) >= #12:00:00 PM# Then
                    olkAppointment.Respond olMeetingDeclined
                End If
            End If
        End If
    Next
End Sub

unction DatePortion(datValue As Date) As Date
    DatePortion = Format(datValue, "dd/mm/yyyy")
End Function

Function TimePortion(datValue As Date) As Date
    TimePortion = Format(datValue, "hh:mm:ss")
End Function

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by:pengster
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Hi BlueDevilFan,

Thanks very much for the VB script.
Silly me. i spent the last few days trying to figure out how to get this script into my outlook only to find out you had given a step-by-step howto in the other related question. lol.

Needless to say I'm a noob at VB scripts and it's probably because of that I couldn't get your script to work. I know enough programming to correct the "unction" to "Function" in the script. But beyond that I'm lost.

I tried replacing the #12:00:00 PM# with "12:00:01" and #12:00:01PM#. Neither worked.
I tried a few other combinations with quotes, 12hr vs 24hr formats, etc. None seems to work.
I'm probably too noobie to figure out the correct way to specify the time.

Each time a meeting is send to me at 12:00:01 pm. I get the meeting request with the accept/decline buttons. But the Sender does not get a "Declined" reply. I have to physically decline it before the Sender gets the decline.

what could I be doing wrong?
Thanks
pengster


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by:David Lee
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You're welcome, pengster.

Sorry about the "unction" typo.  

The way it's set up now it will decline any appointment that starts and ends on the same day where any portion of the appointment is between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM.  I tested it before posting, so I know it works.  Are you sure that macros are enabled and working?
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How can I verify the macro is enabled/running?
I can see the script inside the Macro Editor after I restart outlook 2007.
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by:David Lee
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Add a command like

    Msgbox "Script fired"

immediately after line #2 of Application_NewMailEx.  When new messages arrive a dialog-box should popup saying "Script fired".
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