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Microsoft KB Archive/171246

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Article ID: 171246

Article Last Modified on 2/12/2007


  • Microsoft Outlook 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q171246


This article describes the three events that are supported by a form's fields and controls in Microsoft Outlook 97.


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Controls in forms in Outlook can perform three types of events:


The Click Event

The Click event occurs when the user clicks a form control. You can create as many Click event procedures as you have controls on a form. The name of each event procedure is the name of the control (such as "CommandButton1"), followed by an underscore character (_) and the word "Click." The following example displays a greeting containing the log on name of the current user whenever the button named "CommandButton1" is clicked:

   Sub CommandButton1_Click()
      MsgBox "Hello " & Application.GetNameSpace("MAPI").CurrentUser
   End Sub

NOTE: The Message and Note form controls do not support the Click event.

NOTE: If a control is bound to a field, then the Click event will not fire. Instead of using the Click event, you should typically use the CustomPropertyChange or PropertyChange event when a control is bound to a field.

For more information about the Click event and bound controls, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

166853 OL97: Bound Control Does Not Support Click Event

The PropertyChange Event

The PropertyChange event occurs when one of the item's standard properties is changed. The property name is passed to the procedure, making it possible for the procedure to determine which property was changed. The following example disables setting a reminder for an item:

   Sub Item_PropertyChange(ByVal myPropertyName)
   Select Case myPropertyName
      Case "ReminderSet"
         MsgBox "You cannot set a reminder on this item."
         Item.ReminderSet = False
     Case Else
   End Select
   End Sub

The CustomPropertyChange Event

The CustomPropertyChange event occurs when one of the item's custom properties is changed. These properties are the user-defined fields added to the item at design time. The property name is passed to the procedure, making it possible for the procedure to determine which field was changed. The following example enables a control when a Boolean field is set to True.

   Sub Item_CustomPropertyChange(ByVal myPropName)
   Select Case myPropName
      Case "RespondBy"
         Set myPropChg = myItem.GetInspector.ModifiedFormPages
         Set myCtrl = myPropChg("Page 2").Controls("DateToRespond")
         If myItem.UserProperties("RespondBy").Value Then
            myCtrl.Enabled = True
            myCtrl.Backcolor = 1
            myCtrl.Enabled = False
            myCtrl.Backcolor = 0
         End If
      Case Else
   End Select
   End Sub

Adding a Control and an Event to a Custom Form

To add a control and an event to a custom form, follow these steps:

  1. Open a custom form.
  2. On the Tools menu in the form, click Design Outlook Form.
  3. On the Form menu in Design View, click Control Toolbox.
  4. From the Toolbox, drag the appropriate control to your form.
  5. On the Form menu, click View Code to open the Script Editor.

The Script Editor has templates for all the item events. To add an event template to your script in the Script Editor:

  1. On the Script menu, click Event.
  2. Click an event name in the list, and then click Add. The appropriate Sub...End Sub or Function...End Function statement is inserted, with its arguments (if any) specified.

NOTE: You cannot add Click event procedures by using the Event command on the Script menu; you must type the Sub...End Sub statement for those procedures from scratch.

  1. When you are finished in the Script Editor, click Close on the File menu to return to your form.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Design Outlook Form to switch out of Design view.

NOTE: If the Script Editor detects an error in your code, it will display a message at this point.

  1. On the File menu, click Publish Form As, and then click Publish.
  2. On the File menu, click Close. Do not save changes when prompted.


For more information about creating solutions with Microsoft Outlook 97, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

166368 OL97: How to Get Help Programming with Outlook

170783 OL97: Q&A: Questions about Customizing Programming Outlook

Additional query words: OutSol OutSol97

Keywords: kbinfo kbprogramming KB171246