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How to change multiple tasks’ due dates in Outlook?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2014-09-23

Normally it's very easy to change one task's due date in Microsoft Outlook with specifying a new date in the Due Date box. However, it seems quite onerous to change multiple tasks' due dates one by one. Is there any easy tricky to solve it? Of course, yes! Here I will describe steps about changing multiple tasks' due dates in a short time in Microsoft Outlook.

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To change multiple tasks’ due dates in Microsoft Outlook, please following these steps below:

Step 1: Shift to the Task view, and open the task folder where you will change multiple tasks’ due dates.

Step 2: Click the View Settings button on the View tab.

Note: In Outlook 2007, click the View > Current View > Customize Current View.

Step 3: In the popping up Advanced View Settings dialog box, click the Group By button.

Step 4: In the coming Group By dialog box, click the Group items by box, and select the Due Date from the drop down list, then click the OK button.

Step 5: Click the OK button to close the Advanced View Settings dialog box.

Step 6: Get back to the task folder, you will see all tasks are grouped by Due Date automatically. Please select the tasks that you will change their due dates, and move to the group whose due date you will change multiple tasks to.

For example, you will change multiple tasks’ due date to November 8, 2014, just select tasks, then move and drag to the group of Due Date: November 8, 2014.


(1) Holding the Shift key, you can select multiple adjacent tasks with clicking the first one and the last one.

(2) Holding the Ctrl key, you can select multiple tasks with clicking each one.

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Great info, this has saved me a great deal of time and bother. One note for those who use multiple categories per task, or have different categories with the same dates: do not include categories in the view that's used for changing dates. Outlook will update the category as well as the date.
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