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New Another way Outlook sucks
I had a recurring meeting, daily for two weeks. We wrapped up what it was for, so I cancelled it for the last two days. When I submitted, it didn't just remove the last two instances from my calendar, it also removed the previous two weeks' worth. Which means I no longer have the record to look back at what I was doing. Stupid.
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New Is this a case of ....
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New Nope
Microsoft apps constantly promped you to confirm you "really mean" to do something, even when that thing can be undone with a simple ^Z. But this, wiping out whatever history I had and whatever attachments there may have been to various instances of the meeting, is gone without warning.
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New Version?
I have Outlook 2003
when I go to delete a recurring appointment in the
calendar it ask when I want to delete the individual
occurance or the entire appointment

don't know about yours

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New And that's the issue
He wanted to delete all future occurances, retaining past history. No way to do that - except by going into the schedule and changing the end date - which is not intuitive.
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New Did it ask to open the occurrence or the series?
It did for me in Outlook 2003.
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New Guessing it asked for the series
But how would you delete the remaining "appointments" without deleting the previous?
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New This is PEBKAC
I just tried in OL2002 and it worked as described by Joe.


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New Disagree
I just tested with a weekly appointment (one that has no past history). Went to an August date. Wanted to delete all appointments after Aug 31. I was asked if I wanted to delete the series or just this occurance. Said series, and everything is deleted. Nothing indicated that the past occurances would be deleted also.

Recreated the appointments. To delete future occurances w/o affecting the past occurances, this time I opened the series and changed the end date. Future occurances are gone, past remain.

No exactly hard, but also prone to inadvertant deletion of history. It would be better if the delete option asked if you wanted to delete past occurances also.
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New Yep, changing the end date would do it
The other issue is that I wasn't deleting the appointment, I was cancelling it. I was the meeting organizer, and needed to notify the other attendees that it would be cancelled. I couldn't find anything in a quick check of the on-line help that said whether deleting the meeting would send the update to everyone else. I didn't think to change the end date, which would have done what I needed.
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New Still PEBKAC
You asked it to delete the series, and it deleted the series. I'm not seeing how it's anything other than a failure to read the contents of the Yes/No dialogue box.


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New Can you accept a request that's in the past?
If I request a meeting with you and you don't see the invite until after the time/date has passed, Outlook shows a message saying the appointment occurs in the past. So at that level Outlook is aware that appointments in the past are somehow different.

But on a more concrete level, if I have a meeting that has been recurring daily for three weeks, there are now two remaining meetings that I want to cancel, how do I do that? Yes, I can change the end date and programmatically that's the same thing. But here I was, Joe Average User[1], and I didn't think of it that way. I wanted to cancel the remaining two days. I check the online documentation for "cancel meeting" and it tells me to use the item on the Actions menu.

The problem is that Outlook uses the concept of "A recurring meeting". In reality you are scheduling multiple meetings on a regular schedule. I can cancel today's meeting without cancelling tomorrow's. In Outlook, I can cancel one instance of a recurring meeting without cancelling all of them. But there's no method (that I can see) to cancel all remaining instances without cancelling all past instances.

It might have worked had I selected the two remaing meetings and clicked "Delete", but like I said, I couldn't find anything in the documentation saying it would send the update. Would it? If it didn't, how would I get the meeting off of everyone else's calendar?



[1] And I'm not exactly J.A.U.
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New Works as designed. Crappy design. Sorry about that...
New I remember encountering that.
I got to implement recurring meetings in a web-based calender app a few years ago. There were several gotchas that got re-done a few times. Deleting partway through the series was one of them. I do remember explicitly providing the option to delete a single event, or deleting from this point forward - I don't think the app permitted past events to be deleted.

Sidenote: the database structure got a little curly to support editing a series, as well as individual entry.

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     Another way Outlook sucks - (drewk) - (13)
         Is this a case of .... - (andread) - (3)
             Nope - (drewk) - (2)
                 Version? - (andread) - (1)
                     And that's the issue - (jbrabeck)
         Did it ask to open the occurrence or the series? - (altmann) - (1)
             Guessing it asked for the series - (jbrabeck)
         This is PEBKAC - (pwhysall) - (6)
             Disagree - (jbrabeck) - (5)
                 Yep, changing the end date would do it - (drewk)
                 Still PEBKAC - (pwhysall) - (3)
                     Can you accept a request that's in the past? - (drewk) - (2)
                         Works as designed. Crappy design. Sorry about that... -NT - (hnick)
                         I remember encountering that. - (static)

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