Many times, you need to change the Start Date of a task. Unfortunately, Outlook automatically shifts the Due Date when you do. This can be disastrous, if you don’t catch it. Fortunately, I just worked with a client on this and found a solution where you can change the Start Date without affecting the Due Date. It may seem a little odd, but try it. It works! No more having to make sure you fix the Due Date when editing Start Dates.
Changing Task Start Date w/out Effecting Due Date
- Open the Task.
- Click the Calendar button adjacent to the DUE Date.
- Hold down your Shift key and click on the new START Date.
- The Start Date will change, but the Due Date will remain the same.
- Save the changes to the Task.
I know this works in Outlook 2010 and 2013, so it should also work in the 2007 and 2016 versions as well.