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OL97: How to Simulate a Form "Create" Event in VBScript

Article ID: 174515

Article Last Modified on 2/12/2007


  • Microsoft Outlook 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q174515


Microsoft Outlook 97 does not provide a Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) event that executes only when a new Outlook item is created. This article describes a method you can use to simulate this functionality.


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When a new form is created, Outlook executes an Item_Open event in VB Script. However, once the item is saved in a folder, the Item_Open event will also execute when the item is reopened. In addition, Outlook will also execute the Item_Read event when an item is opened from a folder.

The following sample VBScript code illustrates how you can place code in the Item_Open event so that it will only run when the item is first created. It checks to see if the Created field of the item is populated. If the Created field does not have a date value, the item must be a new item. If the Created field is populated with a date value, the item has already been saved and is therefore being reopened.

   Sub Item_Open()

      MsgBox "This is the Item_Open event."

      ' 1/1/4501 represents a date field with no value.
      If Item.CreationTime = #1/1/4501# Then
         MsgBox "Open: Code to run when item created goes here."
         MsgBox "Open: Code to run when item opened goes here."
      End If

   End Sub

   Sub Item_Read()

      MsgBox "This is the Item_Read event."

   End Sub


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 or Programming Outlook

Additional query words: OutSol OutSol97 initialize activate

Keywords: kbcode kbhowto kbprogramming KB174515