Block Travel Times For Your Appointments

This macro makes it easy to add, for instance, travel times for an appointment to the calendar.

Last modified: 2014/01/09 | Accessed: 62.849  | #104
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If you need to block necessary travel time for a meeting, or for the time you need to prepare for the meeting, you either need to add up to two additional appointments to your calendar, or extend the main appointment accordingly.

This macro adds up to two additional appointments for each selected appointment to your calendar: One before, and one after the main appointment. The commented lines show where you can easily customize the code:

  1. The variables Before and After hold the duration for the two appointments. The defaults are 30 minutes each.
  2. Two input boxes let you enter individual values. If the default values never change, you can comment these out.
  3. A category will be assigned to the appointments, you can use it to emphasize them by color.
  4. By default the subject of the main appointment will be used. Here you could enter any other value. Note, text must be enclosed in quotation marks.

Paste the code to the ThisOutlookSession module. Then select any appointments in your calendar, and press ALT+F8 to run the macro.

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Public Sub AddTravelTime()
  Dim coll As VBA.Collection
  Dim obj As Object
  Dim Appt As Outlook.AppointmentItem
  Dim Travel As Outlook.AppointmentItem
  Dim Items As Outlook.Items
  Dim Before&, After&
  Dim Category$, Subject$

  '1. Block minutes before and after the appointment
  Before = 30
  After = 30

  '2. Skip this if the default values never change
  Before = InputBox("Minutes before:", , Before)
  After = InputBox("Minutes after:", , After)

  If Before = 0 And After = 0 Then Exit Sub

  '3. Assign this category
  Category = "Travel"

  Set coll = GetCurrentItems
  If coll.Count = 0 Then Exit Sub
  For Each obj In coll
    If TypeOf obj Is Outlook.AppointmentItem Then
      Set Appt = obj
      If TypeOf Appt.Parent Is Outlook.AppointmentItem Then
        Set Items = Appt.Parent.Parent.Items
        Set Items = Appt.Parent.Items
      End If

      '4. Use the main appointment's subject
      Subject = Appt.Subject

      If Before > 0 Then
        Set Travel = Items.add
        Travel.Subject = Subject
        Travel.Start = DateAdd("n", -Before, Appt.Start)
        Travel.Duration = Before
        Travel.Categories = Category
      End If

      If After > 0 Then
        Set Travel = Items.add
        Travel.Subject = Subject
        Travel.Start = Appt.End
        Travel.Duration = After
        Travel.Categories = Category
      End If
    End If
End Sub

Private Function GetCurrentItems(Optional IsInspector As Boolean) As VBA.Collection
  Dim coll As VBA.Collection
  Dim Win As Object
  Dim Sel As Outlook.Selection
  Dim obj As Object
  Dim i&

  Set coll = New VBA.Collection
  Set Win = Application.ActiveWindow

  If TypeOf Win Is Outlook.Inspector Then
    IsInspector = True
    coll.add Win.CurrentItem
    IsInspector = False
    Set Sel = Win.Selection
    If Not Sel Is Nothing Then
      For i = 1 To Sel.Count
        coll.add Sel(i)
    End If
  End If
  Set GetCurrentItems = coll
End Function
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