OL2000: How to Programmatically Change the Displayed Calendar Date

Article translations Article translations
Article ID: 259767 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q259767
This article has been archived. It is offered "as is" and will no longer be updated.
Expand all | Collapse all


This article describes how to programmatically set your Outlook calendar to show a specific date, even though the Outlook object model does not provide direct support for changing the date on a calendar.

More information

When you open the Microsoft Outlook calendar, it displays the current date. If you try to do this programmatically, the Outlook object model does not provide a way to accomplish this. To switch your calendar to a different date, you can, however, use the Inspector object of an appointment to access the CommandBars object.

Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language being demonstrated and the tools used to create and debug procedures. Microsoft support professionals can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific needs.
If you have limited programming experience, you may want to contact a Microsoft Certified Partner or Microsoft Advisory Services. For more information, visit these Microsoft Web sites:

Microsoft Certified Partners - https://partner.microsoft.com/global/30000104

Microsoft Advisory Services - http://support.microsoft.com/gp/advisoryservice

For more information about the support options that are available and about how to contact Microsoft, visit the following Microsoft Web site:http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;EN-US;CNTACTMSNOTE: Make sure that Microsoft Outlook 9.0 Object Library is selected in the References window. In the Microsoft Office Visual Basic Editor, click References on the Tools menu.
Dim ol As Object
Dim olns As Object
Dim oCalendar As Object
Dim oAppt As Object
Dim oViewCmdBar As Object
Dim oItem As Object
Dim nItem As Integer

Sub ChangeCalendarView()

   ' Create Outlook Application object.
   Set ol = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")
   Set olns = ol.GetNameSpace("MAPI")

   ' Retrieve the Calendar folder.
   Set oCalendar = olns.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderCalendar)

   ' You can retrieve your specific appointment differently.
   ' This is just to get the first item, so we can see the calendar
   ' displayed for that day.
   Set oAppt = oCalendar.Items(1)

   ' Retrieve the View menu.
   Set oViewCmdBar = oAppt.GetInspector.CommandBars.Item("View")

   ' Locate "Calendar..." on the View menu.
   nMenuItem = 1
   Set oMenuItem = oViewCmdBar.Controls(nMenuItem)
   Do While Not oMenuItem.Caption = "Ca&lendar..."
      nMenuItem = nMenuItem + 1
      Set oMenuItem = oViewCmdBar.Controls(nMenuItem)

   ' Display the appointment. This must be done in order for the
   ' calendar to be displayed on the next statement.

   ' Execute the Calendar command on the View menu.
   ' This is the command that displays the calendar.

End Sub


For additional information about available resources and answersto commonly asked questions about Microsoft Outlook solutions, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
146636 OL2000: Questions About Custom Forms and Outlook Solutions
Note This is a "FAST PUBLISH" article created directly from within the Microsoft support organization. The information contained herein is provided as-is in response to emerging issues. As a result of the speed in making it available, the materials may include typographical errors and may be revised at any time without notice. See Terms of Use for other considerations.


Article ID: 259767 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 1.0
Applies to
  • Microsoft Outlook 2000 Standard Edition
kbnosurvey kbarchive kbhowto KB259767

Contact us for more help

Contact us for more help
Connect with Answer Desk for expert help.
Get more support from smallbusiness.support.microsoft.com