Last updated December 11, 2011

Making Schedule+ Work How You Want It To

How do I get Schedule+ to save my screen size, pane size, column width, sorting preferences, AutoSort, etc.?

Pane size, column width, and some sorting information can be saved by holding down the Ctrl key while you close Schedule+.  This doesn't save window status, AutoSort, and a few other things, though.  If you find out how to save those things, please let us know.  They all seem to be saved in a file named username.VUE in your Windows directory but it's not clear what is where, as it's a binary file.

Eric Burke from Microsoft says that, while the tech support staff have never heard of the Ctrl key trick, deleting the .VUE-file should be enough to force Schedule+ to rebuild it and then start saving these settings automatically. This never worked for me, or for others who I have spoken to, but maybe it does work under some circumstances. Your mileage may vary.

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How can I get the Contacts list to stop jumping from the first name field to the last name field when I type a space?

In version 7.5 at least, you can type Ctrl-Space instead of Space.  Or, you can type space, backtab (shift-Tab), space, then keep typing.  It's a pain, but it's the best we can do.

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Can I get Schedule+ to hide in the system tray (next to the clock)?

Only using a third party tool like IconCorral, Minimize Magic, TrayRun, or Idyle Tray Minimizer.

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Is there any way to get reminders without having Schedule+ running, like we used to be able to do with MSREMIND.EXE?

Not as far as I know, no.  Sorry.  Interestingly, though, Microsoft's own Schedule+ FAQ says:

Reminders is a separate application from Schedule+. The default installation (that is, Express Setup) installs Reminders into the Windows Startup group. Reminders continues to run until you exit Windows, exit and sign out of Schedule+ or Mail for Windows, or choose Turn Off Reminders from the File menu in Schedule+.

This isn't current; there used to be a Reminders-program for Schedule Plus v.1.0 (and v.1.0a). It is not available anymore; at least, it's not on the MS Office9x installation-CD, on any of the MS Exchange Server CDs, on one of the Service Pack CD's for Exchange, or in the Exchange/Back Office Resource Kit. The Microsoft web-site didn't give a clue either.

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How to automatically import Holidays into Schedule+ 7.0

The exact procedure is described in KB-article Q153769.

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How to display the '&' character in a Schedule+ Tab-title.

What to do if you want to use the '&'-sign in the name of one of your Tabs in Schedule+, is described in KB-article Q146047.

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Every time I look at someone else's schedule, the appointments are shifted by an hour or two.  Why?

  1. Probably you're listed as being in different time zones.  Schedule+ goes to considerable effort to make sure that if two people are coordinating things in two time zones, each one sees everything in their own time zone, automagically.  To change your time zone, go to [Tools] [Options] [TimeZone], or in Windows9x / WindowsNT, double-click the clock on your taskbar.  But... read the following item first to avoid Schedule+ shifting all your appointments when you do so!
  2. If you (or your organization) uses MS Mail (the commercial version, not the free WorkGroupPostOffice) to share Schedule+-data among locations in different timezones, you may find that appointments are shifted by one or more hours. This is a flaw in the MS Mail-system, in that it can not correct for MS Mail-servers that are in different time-zones.
    There's nothing much you can do about it. As a work-around, MS advises to type the actual time of the meeting in the body of a 'meeting request'.

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My time zone is set wrong. How can I set it right without Schedule+ moving all my appointments?

  1. Export everything using [File] [Export] [Schedule+ Interchange] into a temporary file.
  2. Exit Schedule+.
  3. Change your time zone
  4. Hold down <Shift> and <Control> while running Schedule+ again; this will delete everything in your schedule (it will ask for confirmation first).
  5. Import the saved schedule using [File] [Import] [Schedule+ Interchange].
  6. You can now delete the temporary file.

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Some other TimeZone / Daylight-saving issues.

There are some other TimeZone-issues, which are not solved by the approach described above.
Background 1: Schedule+ looks at two settings in Windows9x/WindowsNT for it's TimeZone-information. The 'TimeZone' and whether or not 'Daylight saving' is switched on. What it does not look at, is the Windows-setting when the 'daylight savings time' (DST) starts or ends. This information is stored by Windows and available for other programs to use, but Schedule+ does not do so. Instead Schedule+ uses it's own (internal) table of dates when DST starts and ends in the various timezones.
Background 2: During the last few years (Schedule+ was written in 1995), several governements have changed the dates, when 'daylight savings time' starts or ends. In Europe several countries which joined the European Union (EU) decided, that it was best to all start and end their DST on the same date (Q175934, Q176513)(The Netherlands, Denmark, Finland). In Australia various parts of the country changed the start of their DST, but not all at the same time (Q183907). Israel decided not to start and end their DST on a previously specified date, anymore. So in WindowsNT Service Pack 4 and onwards, DST has been disabled for Isreal (Q198046).

Combining these two observations, leads to the conclusion that in these countries/timezones Schedule+ will show wrong times during some months. Or Schedule+ may not recognize the timezone-information correctly in more recent Windows-versions and will consequently use wrong DST start- and end-dates (Q168086).

For Schedule+ v.7.5 this has been fixed in the client-part of Exchange Server v.5.0 Service Pack 2. However, this Service Pack is only available in 4 languages.

These fixes were also taken up in the 'Millenium-patches' of Schedule+. But these were only build in an English-US version; they were not translated to any other language.

For Schedule+ v.7.0 these issues are fixed in MS Office97 Service Release 2 (Q175934).

I assume the more recent MS Office CD-ROMs (Office2000, OfficeXP and Office2003) will also contain the corrected versions.

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How can I change the sound that Schedule+ plays as a 'Reminder' pops up?

It's possible to make Schedule+ play a sound, when it displays a 'reminder'-message on your screen. You can change this sound through the Windows 'Sounds'-settings: [Start] [Settings] [Control Panel] 'Sounds'-icon. The sound-setting you're after is called 'Schedule+ Reminder'.
You can select any '.WAV'-type music-file that's available on your PC.

Sometimes this option is not installed by Schedule+, for instance if you installed Schedule+ by hand.
To add this option to the 'Sounds' in your 'Control Panel', you should add some keys/settings to the Windows Registry. To make it easier for you, I made a '.REG'-file containing these settings.
Download this file to your PC and introduce these settings in your Registry by double-clicking the file.
Note: I have not tested these settings on all Windows-versions currently available, yet on Windows95 OSR2, WindowsNT4 and Windows2000 it seems to work just fine.
As allways, make a backup of your Registry before editting it.

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What are the Registry-settings of Schedule+, so I can change them?

The Registry-settings of Schedule+ were described in the ' MS Office for Windows 95 Resource Kit' as published on the Microsoft web-site. Only a small part of that documentation pertains to Schedule+, so I made this compilation (Word95-format).
Although I didnít change anything in the text (I only cut away the parts on other MS Office-programs), I can take no responsibility whatsoever for any mistakes from me (or MS) in this document.
For instance, Iíve found that the settings for the Ďtime-zoneí are not available on a PC, until the 'Watch Wizard' is run.

Note: On computers that run 64bit Windows editions (such as Windows Vista x64 and Windows 7 x64), computer-wide settings are not stored in anymore in

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Schedule+\Application\
, but are in
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Schedule+\Application\
now.

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