2 Methods to Change Tasks’ Due Dates to a Specific Date in Batches

When we find that some tasks’ due dates are too close, we will hope to defer them to a later date, like one week later. Changing one by one will be quite time-consuming. This article will introduce 2 quick methods.

As usual, before a great event, such as an important yearly meeting, I have to do much preparatory work. So as to better schedule my work, I create several tasks in Outlook. However, for some reasons, I can’t finish the tasks on schedule. So I intend to delay the tasks to a specific date – one week later. Here are 2 techniques which help me change them in quick time.

Method 1: Change Tasks’ Due Dates via Drag & Drop

  1. At first, double click on one task to open it and change its due date to the specific date.Change One Task's Due Date Manually
  2. After that, go to “View” tab and click on “View Settings” button.
  3. In the popup dialog box, hit “Group By” button.
  4. Then in the subsequent dialog box, choose “Due Date” from the “Group items by” drop down list.Group by Due Date
  5. Next click a series of “OK” to close all the dialog boxes.
  6. Later select the tasks whose due dates haven’t been changed. And then drag and drop them to the group in which tasks’ due dates are as expected.Drag the Tasks to The Group in Desired Due Date
  7. Finally all the tasks’ due dates must have been changed.

Method 2: Change Tasks’ Due Dates via VBA Codes

  1. In the first place, press “Alt + F11” to open “Visual Basic” window.
  2. Then copy and paste the following VBA codes in a new module:
Sub ChangeTaskDueDate()
    Dim obApp As Application
    Dim SelectedTasks As Selection
    Dim Tasks As Outlook.TaskItem

    Set obApp = Outlook.Application
    Set SelectedTasks = obApp.ActiveExplorer.Selection

    'You can replace 7 with your desired days
    For Each Tasks In SelectedTasks
        Tasks.DueDate = DateAdd("d", 7, Tasks.DueDate)

    Set obApp = Nothing
    Set SelectedTasks = Nothing
    Set Tasks = Nothing
End Sub

Copy the VBA Codes in New Module

  1. Save the codes and exit “Visual Basic” window.
  2. Next click on the down arrow in the Quick Access Toolbar and choose “More Commands”.
  3. In the new window, you should follow the steps below:
  • At first, select “Macros” from “Choose commands from” drop down list.
  • Then pitch on the previously created macro – “ChangeTaskDueDate”.
  • Subsequently, click the “Add” button in center.
  • After that, click “OK” button.Add the Macro to Quick Access Toolbar
  1. Later you will back to Outlook Tasks pane. Now you can select all the tasks whose due dates you intend to change.
  2. After that, click on the “CreateTaskDueDate” button in Quick Access Toolbar. At once, all the selected tasks’ due dates will be changed in batches.Quickly Change the Tasks'Due Dates

Comparison of the 2 Methods

Methods Advantages Disadvantages
Change via Drag & Drop It is ease of operation. You still have to change one task’s due date manually.
Change via VBA Codes You needn’t change any tasks’ due date manually. You should change macro settings in “Trust Center”.

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Author Introduction:

Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including repair SQL file damage and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com

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