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Quicksilver: AppleScript to quickly add Entourage Tasks

Entourage - Fast Task.scpt

A hacker who wishes to remain anonymous has answered my prayers by creating a modest one-line AppleScript that lets you pipe input from Quicksilver into a new Entourage Task with zero cruft—no Category, no Project, no date, and no reminder. Perfect for fast capture any place, and something I’ve craved for over a year.

To install:


  1. Download the script, “Entourage - Fast Task.scpt
  2. Copy it to ~/Library/Application Support/Quicksilver/Actions/
  3. Restart Quicksilver (CTRL-CMD-Q)

To use (just one example):

  1. Invoke Quicksilver (usu. CTRL-space)
  2. Type “.” to get the variable input field
  3. Type “Test task
  4. TAB to the second pane
  5. Type until “Entourage - Fast Task” shows up
  6. Hit Return

Jump over to Entourage and you should have a nice new task sitting in your list. Note that the Quicksilver input, as ever, can come from practically anyplace; you can select text in Safari and “Send to Quicksilver” (CMD-Esc in most locations), etc.

Like I say, if you want all the “trimmings,” you should enter Tasks in Entourage as usual, but this is just terrific for capturing stuff quickly without changing modes. A minor godsend as far as I’m concerned.

(As ever with all my Quicksilver tips, I’m sure I’ve forgotten some critical element that makes this work on your end; if the Setup guide doesn’t answer your question, post a comment)

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Using the original as a...

Using the original as a starting point here is a slightly more complicated version that adds a "choose from" dialog for categories (use arrow keys and return/enter for keyboard control) and support for LaunchBar. Just cut and paste into Script Editor and save as a script:

(* Note: This was written and tested on Tiger with Entourage 2004, LaunchBar 4, and Quicksilver beta 42. *)

--If invoked from Quicksilver using terms from application "Quicksilver" on process text theName my main(theName) end process text end using terms from

--If invoked from LaunchBar on handle_string(theName) my main(theName) end handle_string

--The main functionality of this script on main(theName) --First we need the name of the front app before QS or LB were summoned tell application "System Events" set frontApp to (name of (processes whose frontmost is true)) as text end tell --get the categories from Entourage tell application "Microsoft Entourage" set catList to the name of every category end tell --choose the category from the current app tell application frontApp set selectedCategory to (choose from list catList with title "Select Category") as string end tell --create the note tell application "Microsoft Entourage" set chosenCategory to category selectedCategory set newNote to make new task with properties {name:theName, category:chosenCategory} end tell end main




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