Nifty feature of Outlook Appointment/Meeting

Remembering today's date is not my forte.  In order to set up an appointment/meeting for tomorrow, I used to check the date by double-clicking on the Windows desktop clock or check my cell phone, and enter the date in the Start time and End time fields.  Now I enter “tomorrow“, “day after tomorrow“, “two days after tomorrow“, etc in the Start time and End time fields, and Outlook converts them appropriately.  That is very cool.

I found the feature by being a malicious tester.  I wanted to crash Outlook by invalid dates, and entered “tomorrow/yesterday/day after tomorrow“, etc as test strings.  Voila!  Instead a new productivity tip was found.

Comments (4)
  1. SDCarroll says:

    ‘Next Tuesday’, ‘Next Week’, and ‘Next Month’ all work too, as does ‘last Monday’, although I’m not sure why you’d schedule a meeting in the past.

    Nice trick – I prefer to tab between entries and have always had to slow down to click the drop down.


  2. Wes says:

    I found this out last summer.

    FYI: Holidays work too. Try "christmas" or "two weeks before christmas"

    Then date parser is pretty advanced it’s just too bad there is no documentation on what it can or can not do.

  3. KC Lemson says:

    Eh, no one would read it anyway if it was documented 😉

    I blogged about this a while back (, I like that it can handle hours as well (useful for setting task reminders).

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