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Topic Title: Commands for Appointments in Outlook 2019
Topic Summary: Trouble with keystroke shortcuts in Outlook appointments
Created On: 09/29/2020 05:26 PM
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 Commands for Appointments in Outlook 2019   - Matt_Chambers - 09/29/2020 05:26 PM  
 Commands for Appointments in Outlook 2019   - Matt_Chambers - 09/29/2020 06:31 PM  
 Commands for Appointments in Outlook 2019   - Alan Cantor - 09/29/2020 08:03 PM  
 Commands for Appointments in Outlook 2019   - Matt_Chambers - 09/29/2020 08:14 PM  
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 09/29/2020 05:26 PM
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Matt_Chambers
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I've been trying to write commands to navigate various fields for appointments in Outlook 2019.  To my surprise, there are very few shortcut keys that work reliably.  (For some reason, in some appointments there are shortcut keys that work.  For example, "Alt+u" takes me to the subject line in some appointments, but not all, which is mystifying.)

I've been working around this by using things like HeardWord "subject", "field" to get to the subject field and then using tab keystrokes to get to the others, but this certainly is a kludgy way to write commands.

Does anybody have any better ideas?

 09/29/2020 06:31 PM
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Interestingly, I may have found a very strange but effective solution. It appears if you hold the {Alt}. Key and release it and then do it again, a simple "{Tab)" takes you to the subject line, at least in most cases. Luckily, I was able to find the code here to do the hold and release of the {Alt} key.
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Part of the problem may be due to Microsoft's apparent failure to do proper testing of keyboard access in the recent versions of Office. For example, when composing an Outlook Appointment, Alt + V is "Review" AND "All Day Event."

Strictly speaking, there is an obscure way to avoid this conflict. To reach an object in the ribbon like Review, press and release Alt, then press and release V. To reach All Day Event, press the two keys simultaneously. But that's a kludgy, uber-geeky "solution."

(Curiously, in Word 2019, Alt + R is Review. In Outlook 2019, Alt + V is Review... despite the fact that Alt + R is available in the Outlook user interface...)

Anyway, the only way I have found to script tasks in Appointments is to do essentially what you are doing. Find a fixed point that can be reached reliably, and then zero in on your target from there. For example, Alt + U should take you to the Subject field, and then press Tabs or Shift Tabs to get to your intended target.
 09/29/2020 08:14 PM
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Thanks, Alan. Since Alt+u doesn't seem to work in most appointments in Outlook 2019, I'll go with the Alt key kludge, at least until I find something better.
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