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Recipient.FreeBusy Method

Office 2007
Returns free/busy information for the recipient.

Syntax

expression.FreeBusy(Start, MinPerChar, CompleteFormat)

expression   A variable that represents a Recipient object.

Parameters

NameRequired/OptionalData TypeDescription
StartRequiredDateThe start date for the returned period of free/busy information.
MinPerCharRequiredLongThe number of minutes per character represented in the returned free/busy string.
CompleteFormatOptionalVariantTrue if the returned string should contain not only free/busy information, but also values for each character according to the OlBusyStatus constants.

Return Value
A String value that represents the free/busy information.

Remarks

The default is to return a string representing one month of free/busy information compatible with the Microsoft Schedule+ Automation format (that is, the string contains one character for each

MinPerChar minute, up to one month of information from the specified Start date).

If the optional argument

CompleteFormat is omitted or False, then "free" is indicated by the character 0 and all other states by the character 1.

If

CompleteFormat is True, then the same length string is returned as defined above, but the characters now correspond to the OlBusyStatus constants.

Example

This Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) example uses the FreeBusy method to return a string of free/busy information with one character for each day. This example allows for the possibility that the free/busy information for this recipient is not accessible. To run this example, you need to replace 'Nate Sun' with a valid recipient name.

Visual Basic for Applications
Public Sub GetFreeBusyInfo()
    Dim myNameSpace As Outlook.NameSpace
    Dim myRecipient As Outlook.Recipient
    Dim myFBInfo As String

    Set myNameSpace = Application.GetNamespace("MAPI")
    Set myRecipient = myNameSpace.CreateRecipient("Nate Sun")
    On Error GoTo ErrorHandler
    myFBInfo = myRecipient.FreeBusy(#11/11/2003#, 60 * 24)
    MsgBox myFBInfo
    Exit Sub
ErrorHandler:     
    MsgBox "Cannot access the information. "
End Sub

This VBA example returns a string of free/busy information with one character for each hour (complete format).

Visual Basic for Applications
Set myRecipient = myNameSpace.CreateRecipient("Nate Sun")
myFBInfo = myRecipient.FreeBusy(#8/1/03#, 60, True)



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