How to: Assign a Task to a Recipient

This example shows how to create a task and assign it to a recipient.

Programming Applications for Office Outlook 2007

The following code example is an excerpt from Programming Applications for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, from Microsoft Press (ISBN 9780735622494, copyright Microsoft Press 2007, all rights reserved).

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In the following code example, AssignTaskExample creates a TaskItem object and specifies values for the Subject, StartDate, and DueDate properties. The Assign() method specifies that the task is an assigned task. After a Recipient object is added to the TaskItem by using the Add(String) method, the Send() method sends the task to the recipient.

If you use Microsoft Visual Studio to test this code example, you must first add a reference to the Microsoft Outlook 14.0 Object Library component and specify the Outlook variable when you import the Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook namespace. The using statement must not occur directly before the functions in the code example but must be added before the public Class declaration. The following line of code shows how to do the import and assignment in C#.

using Outlook = Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook;
private void AssignTaskExample()
    Outlook.TaskItem task = Application.CreateItem(
        Outlook.OlItemType.olTaskItem) as Outlook.TaskItem;
    task.Subject = "Tax Preparation";
    task.StartDate = DateTime.Parse("4/1/2007 8:00 AM");
    task.DueDate = DateTime.Parse("4/15/2007 8:00 AM");
    Outlook.RecurrencePattern pattern =
    pattern.RecurrenceType = Outlook.OlRecurrenceType.olRecursYearly;
    pattern.PatternStartDate = DateTime.Parse("4/1/2007");
    pattern.NoEndDate = true;
    task.ReminderSet = true;
    task.ReminderTime = DateTime.Parse("4/1/2007 8:00 AM");

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