How to Keep the Recurrence When Copying a Recurring Task to Calendar as a New Appointment

As usual, when you copy a recurring task to calendar, the task’s recurrence will not be auto added to the new appointment. Thus, this article will share you a quick way to keep the recurrence, which is using Outlook VBA.

As we all know, Outlook not only permits users to create recurring appointments but also recurring tasks. At times, you may need to turn a task to an appointment. In this case, as normal, you have two means to accomplish it – drag the task to the destination calendar folder or press “Ctrl + C” and “Ctrl + V” key shortcuts to copy and paste it to the calendar. However, if the task is recurring, the above two ways will not keep the recurrence by default. Therefore, if you would like to include the recurrence when copying, you can use the following approach.

Keep the Recurrence When Copying a Recurring Task to Calendar as a New Appointment

Keep the Recurrence When Copying a Recurring Task to Calendar as a New Appointment

  1. In the first place, launch your Outlook program.
  2. Then press “Alt + F11” key buttons to access VBA editor.
  3. Next in the new window, open a not-in-use module or insert a new module.
  4. Subsequently, copy and paste the following VBA codes into the target module window.
Public Sub CopyRecurringTaskstoCalendar()
    Dim objTask As Object
    Dim objTaskRecurrencePattern As Outlook.RecurrencePattern
    Dim objCalendarFolder As Outlook.Folder
    Dim objNewAppointment As Outlook.AppointmentItem
    Dim objAppointmentRecurrencePattern As Outlook.RecurrencePattern
    Dim nPrompt As Integer
    Set objTask = Outlook.Application.ActiveExplorer.Selection.Item(1)
    If TypeOf objTask Is TaskItem Then
       Set objTaskRecurrencePattern = objTask.GetRecurrencePattern
       'Select a calendar to copy the select task to
       Set objCalendarFolder = Application.Session.PickFolder
       If objCalendarFolder.DefaultItemType = olAppointmentItem Then
          Set objNewAppointment = objCalendarFolder.Items.Add("IPM.Appointment")
          Set objAppointmentRecurrencePattern = objNewAppointment.GetRecurrencePattern
          With objNewAppointment
               .Subject = "From Task: " & objTask.Subject
               .Start = objTask.StartDate
               .End = objTask.DueDate
               .Body = objTask.Body
               .attachments.Add objTask
         End With
         'Apply the task recurrence to the new appointment
         Set objAppointmentRecurrencePattern = objTaskRecurrencePattern
         'Use ".Save" to save it straightly
         nPrompt = MsgBox("You should select a calendar folder!", vbExclamation, "Confirm Calendar Folder")
       End If
       nPrompt = MsgBox("You should select a task item!", vbExclamation, "Confirm Task Item")
    End If
End Sub

VBA Codes - Keep the Recurrence When Copying a Recurring Task to Calendar as a New Appointment

  1. After that, you can exit the VBA editor.
  2. Later add the new macro to Quick Access Toolbar as usual.
  3. Also, remember to change your Outlook macro security level to low.
  4. Finally, you can have a try.
  • Firstly, select a recurring task item.
  • Then click the macro button in Quick Access Toolbar.Run the new macro
  • Next you will be required to select a destination calendar folder which to copy the selected task to.Select a destination calendar folder
  • Immediately the recurring task will be copied to the selected calendar folder. You can open that folder to check it.New Appointment from Task with Original Recurrence

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