In this thread, jpm mentioned speed keys as being a good productivity enhancer. Since I'm a command-line sort of girl anyway, I did a little digging tonight. Though many of you might already know this, I found something useful that I thought I'd share.
To create a keyboard sequence that creates, from any Windows application, a new task in Outlook, do the following:
- Right click on the desktop, and pick New > Shortcut
- Type in the path to Outlook. For Outlook 2003, this is C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Office 11\Outlook.exe.
- Name the shortcut something like "New Task" and click Finish.
- Right-click on the shortcut you just created, and choose Properties.
- To the end of the Target box, add the following: /c ipm.task (including the space before the /c). Your Target should now read something like this: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\OUTLOOK.EXE" /c ipm.task.
- Click in the Shortcut Key box, and type a shortcut key. Combinations using Ctrl+Alt+some letter are usually good. (I used Ctrl-Alt-A).
- Click the OK button.
The shortcut should work whether or not Outlook is running; if Outlook is closed when you type the key, it should launch before the new task window appears.
You can define shortcuts to other kinds of Outlook items by following the above process, replacing "ipm.task" with one of the following:
- ipm.appointment (creates a new calendar/HardLandscape item)
- ipm.note (creates a new e-mail message)
- ipm.stickynote (creates a new note)
- ipm.journal (creates a new journal entry)
Anyway, since I spent the time learning how to do this, I figured I'd share.