Time and date entry is one area where Outlook is smart. Really smart.
This video does not do justice to the power of date and time selections, especially the shortcuts you can use to make time and date entry faster and easier.
- You can use words for dates: christmas, next week, next month, week from friday
- Shortcuts you can use include: 2w, 3mo
- Equations: 3w+1d
- Times can be entered as whole numbers: 630 or as decimals: 6.45.
- Outlook will attempt to choose AM or PM based on your work start and end times in the Calendar Options, or you can add an a or p to the entry: 7.45a
Most time and date fields support these shortcuts. One notable exception is snooze - you can type times in the field but can't use shortcuts. You need to type the snooze time in full (ie, 23 minutes).
Don't be afraid to try a date format - the worst that will happen is nothing.