Date shortcuts in Outlook

Yesterday I received the latest Efficiency 365 newsletter from Dr. Nitin Paranjape titled Date Magic In Outlook, and it blew my mind. I had NO clue that you could use date shortcuts like these when you’re creating new tasks and appointments.

For instance, let’s say that you want to create an appointment on Christmas. Rather than type in the date or use the date picker, you can just type in “christmas” and press the Tab key:

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Outlook automatically finds the date for Christmas, and fills it in automatically:

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Now for something a bit more relevant. Let’s say you want to have a meeting next Thursday, but you don’t know what date that is right off. Just type in “next Thursday” and hit Tab:

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Outlook figures that for you automatically:

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You need to flag something on the last Friday in December 2017?

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No problem:

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I strongly suggest you go read Dr. Paranjape’s post, as there are other variations of this date magic that are just (if not more) magical. This is really cool stuff.

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