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Microsoft KB Archive/172958

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Article ID: 172958

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007



APPLIES TO

  • Microsoft Outlook 97 Standard Edition



This article was previously published under Q172958


SUMMARY

This article describes how to use command line switches to create a new e-mail message that is pre-addressed (with the To field filled in automatically). You can do this in one of the following ways:

  • Using a desktop shortcut.
  • Using the Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar.
  • Using the Shell command.


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How to Use a Desktop Shortcut

To create a shortcut on your Windows desktop that automatically creates a new pre-addressed e-mail message, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click a blank area of your Windows desktop, point to New, and then click Shortcut.
  2. In the Command Line box, type the following

    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Outlook.exe" /c ipm.note /m <full e-mail name>

    where <full e-mail name> is the complete e-mail address of the recipient (For example, JohnDoe@msn.com.)

    NOTE: You may have to modify the path if you did not install Outlook to the default setup location.

  3. Type a name for the shortcut, for example, Mail to John Doe.
  4. Click Finish.

NOTE: If you want to use a custom form in your desktop shortcut, use its message class rather than IPM.Note. For example, if the custom form you want to use has a display name of "MyForm," (without quotation marks) then the message class should be IPM.Note.MyForm, and the following is the command used to create a message using the custom form:

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Outlook.exe" /c ipm.note.myform /m <full e-mail name>


How to Use the Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar

To add a button to the Office Shortcut Bar to automatically create a new pre-addressed e-mail message, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click your Office Shortcut Bar, and then click Customize.
  2. On the Buttons tab, click to select the Microsoft Outlook button, and then click OK. The Office Shortcut Bar should now contain an Outlook button.

How to Add the Command Line Switch to the Outlook Button

  1. Right-click the Outlook button on the Office Shortcut Bar, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Shortcut tab.
  3. Click to position the insertion point at the end of the text in the Target box, type a space, and then type the following

    / c ipm.note /m <full e-mail name>

    where <full e-mail name> is the complete e-mail address of the recipient (For example, JohnDoe@msn.com).

  4. Click OK.

The Outlook button on the Office Shortcut Bar starts Outlook if it is not already running, and creates a new e-mail message to JohnDoe@msn.com.

How to Use the Shell Command

To automatically create a new pre-addressed Outlook e-mail message by using the Shell command, follow these steps:

  1. Start Microsoft Word.
  2. On the Tools menu, point to Macro, and then click Macros.
  3. In the Macro Name box, type SendMail, and then click Create.
  4. Type the following sample code in the Visual Basic for Applications editor

    Shell "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Outlook.exe /c ipm.note /m <full e-mail name>"

    where <full e-mail name> is the complete e-mail address of the recipient (For example, JohnDoe@msn.com.)

  5. On the File menu, click Close and Return to Microsoft Word.
  6. On the Tools menu, point to Macro, and then click Macros.
  7. In the Macro Name box, click to select SendMail, and then click Run. The SendMail macro creates a new e-mail message addressed to the recipient that you chose in step 4.

If Outlook is running, the e-mail message opens quickly. If Outlook is not running, there is a delay while the Windows Messaging System starts in the background.

NOTE: Using the Shell command is very restrictive. You can better automate the contents of a new e-mail message with Visual Basic for Applications or VBScript.

REFERENCES

For more information about automating Outlook, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

168095 OL97: How to Automate Outlook from Another Program


168022 OL97: How to Set a Form's From Field Using VBScript


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


For more information about Outlook command line switches, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

156982 OL97: Additional Command-Line Switches for Microsoft Outlook


Or, click the Office Assistant, type control starting Outlook, click Search, and then click to view Control what happens when you start Outlook.

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If Outlook Help is not installed on your computer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component



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