Outlook 2007 Calendar Printing Assistant

I’m generally not a big fan of the Microsoft way of life. That said, I’ve been a loyal user of Outlook for years; mainly because there just isn’t any particularly strong competition out there. (And, yes, I have tried very hard to get funky with Zimbra.)

Over the last month or so I’ve been — cautiously — deploying an Outlook 2007 solution for a local non-profit with some pretty intense calendaring needs. Cautious because, though Outlook/Exchange will definitely get them the most bang for their buck, the sophisticated group collaboration functionality does get to be complex. And by “sophisticated” I mean, of course, “quirky”. And we’re dealing with folks who still store all their data on 3.5″ floppies. Quirky and technophobia do not make a good combination.

Anyway, as the nervous floppy-ites have become increasingly comfortable tabbing through public folder calendars, we’ve had a number of challenging requests crop up. One was to print multiple calendars side-by-side. Quite the reasonable request.

So reasonable, in fact, I was sure it was impossible.

You can imagine my surprise when today I happened across the new, free Calendar Printing Assistant. While many Microsoft apps seem to have just enough functionality to make you wish they, say, worked well, this little utility appears to actually deliver. And now we’re happily lasering five separate calendars to a single, perfectly printed sheet of A4.

Maybe I’m a fan afterall.

13 thoughts on “Outlook 2007 Calendar Printing Assistant

  1. Greetings:
    I am overjoyed to read that you were successfull printing multiple calendars side-by-side on a single sheet of laser printed paper. Would you mind terribly sharing the how-to of this in Calendar Printing Assistant. I cannot find instructions on the Web or in the app, and perhaps I’m an idiot, but it doesn’t seem obvious from the commands available in the CPA.

    Many thanks in advance,

    Bill

  2. I am equally overjoyed that you all got this thing to WORK. It keeps crashing for me. Any ideas how to get it to work? I loaded the assistant, loaded the service pack and still crash.

  3. Outlook 2007.

    I get this error: “2007 Microsoft Office component has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.”

    With these details:
    EventType : clr20r3
    P1 : cpao.exe
    P2 : 12.0.6212.1000
    P3 : 46da1b40
    P4 : cpao
    P5 : 1.0.0.0
    P6 : 46da1b40
    P7 : 45bb
    P8 : 3e
    P9 : system.invalidcastexception

    Even with the service pack, I am still getting this.

  4. I am on a server at work, so a new profile is probably not an option. If it involves changing my user name, it definitely is not an option. Maybe I just need to have my computer wiped and start over?

  5. Yes, that’s essentially what setting up a new Windows profile would be like. One last thing you can try before before nuking your current install is to create a new *Outlook* profile.

    To do this, right-click the Outlook icon and select “Properties”, click the “Show Profiles…” button, click “Add” and follow the wizard. Restart Outlook from the new profile and see if that works.

  6. No can do. Oulook is funneled through a Novell network which means I cannot change the profile. I will just work with IT to try and fix it. My username is part of a pretty vast network so it is not something I can just nuke and change.

    Thanks for the help though. At least it is narrowed down!

  7. Has anyone seen anything like this for Outlook 2003?
    Company hasn’t switched over to 2007 yet and apparently Outlook 2007 Calendar Printing Assistant won’t work with 2003.

  8. I was super excited to find the CPA, I couldn’t download it and the templates fast enough. After I copied the templates I then installed the CPA. Opened Outlook and no change, nothing different. I checked the Trust Center and it showed the addin however I find no options anywhere to initialize or utilize the assistant. On the download page it says just run Outlook Calendar as normal.

    I’m perplexed why I can’t use it and how to get help! I’m still excited but anxious and disappointed so far.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks In Advance…

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