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Microsoft KB Archive/172719

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Article ID: 172719

Article Last Modified on 2/12/2007


  • Microsoft Outlook 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q172719


Using Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) or Visual Basic for Applications code, you can attach one Microsoft Outlook 97 item to another. If you send a mail message with such an attachment, the person who receives the message may not be able to see the icon for the attachment. The attached item however, is intact and functions correctly.


This problem is a result of how you write the code for the item attachment. Using an object variable results in the problem described above.


When attaching the second item to the first, use the ActiveInspector.CurrentItem object to reference the attached item. For an example of how to resolve this problem, see the Corrected Code section below.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


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Corrected Code

If you repeat the steps below but follow the comment instructions to use:

ItemToSend.Attachments.Add Application.ActiveInspector.CurrentItem, 4

instead of

ItemToSend.Attachments.Add Item, 4

your e-mail message will include the attachment icon.

Steps to Reproduce the Problem

  1. Create a new mail message.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Design Outlook Form.
  3. Drag to resize the message control, creating enough space for a CommandButton.
  4. Click the Control Toolbox button to view the Control Toolbox and drag a CommandButton to the form.
  5. On the Form menu, click View Code and type the following VBScript code in the Script Editor. Be sure to change the appropriate line to your e-mail name.

    Sub CommandButton1_Click()
       ' Saves the current mailitem in the Inbox
       ' Create a new mail message
       Set ItemToSend = Application.CreateItem(0)
       ' Change below to your emailname to send message
       ItemToSend.To = "Enter your e-mail name here!"
       ItemToSend.Subject = "test"
       ' The following line results in a blank icon for attachment.
       ' 4 is the olAttachmentType constant olByValue to create a link.
       ItemToSend.Attachments.Add Item, 4
       ' The following syntax will preserve the icon in the sent message
       ' if it's substituted for the line above.
       'ItemToSend.Attachments.Add Application.ActiveInspector.CurrentItem, 4
    End Sub
  6. Close the VBScript editor.
  7. On the Tools menu, click Design Outlook Form to exit design mode.
  8. Click CommandButton1 to run the VBScript code. You should receive a new message in your Inbox that contains the blank attachment icon. If you single-click in the upper left portion of the message area, you will see the bounding box for the icon.


For more information about creating solutions with Microsoft Outlook 97, please click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

166368 OL97: How to Get Help Programming with Outlook

170783 OL97: Q&A: Questions About Customizing or Programming Outlook

Additional query words: OutSol OutSol97

Keywords: kbdswnet2003swept kbcode kbprb kbprogramming KB172719