http://www.outlookcode.com/d/taskform.htm notes "In Outlook 2002 and 2003, embedded objects, shortcuts, etc. in task items cannot be launched after the item is saved and reopened. There is no known workaround."

Therefore it makes sense to me that this issue can extend your complaint. What may have to happen to get this to work properly is to code this in VB or VB.NET as a custom application rather than forms.

Bob