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Microsoft KB Archive/175515

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Article ID: 175515

Article Last Modified on 2/12/2007


  • Microsoft Outlook 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q175515


This article describes how to display a Web page on a Microsoft Outlook 97 custom form page.


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You can create a custom form in Outlook that displays a Web page directly on the form using the Microsoft Web Browser Control. This control is part of the Shdocvw.dll file, which is installed with Microsoft Internet Explorer.

WARNING: The Web Browser Control used to display the form must be from the same version or a newer version of the Shdocvw.dll file as that used to create the form. For instance, if the custom form is created using the Shdocvw.dll file from Microsoft Internet Explorer version 3.x, you can display it on a computer using either Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.x or 4.0. However, the reverse will not work. If the custom form is created using a Shdocvw.dll file from Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0, you cannot display it on a computer using Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.x. In this event, you will receive the following error message when you try to display the Web page:

Could not load an object because it is not available on this machine.

If you want to create a form that can be used with multiple versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, create the form on a computer that uses the older version.

How to Create a Custom Form to Display a Web Page

  1. On the File menu, point to New, and then click Mail Message.
  2. In the message window, click Design Outlook Form on the Tools menu.
  3. Click the (P.2) tab of the form.
  4. On the Form menu, click Control Toolbox.
  5. In the Toolbox, right-click the Controls tab, and then click Custom Controls.
  6. In the Available Controls list, click Microsoft Web Browser Control, and then click OK.
  7. In the Toolbox, click the WebBrowser and drag it to the form page.
  8. In the Toolbox, click the CommandButton and drag it to the form page.
  9. On the Form menu, click View Code.
  10. In Script Editor, type the following code:

           Sub CommandButton1_Click()
              Set MyPage = Item.GetInspector.ModifiedFormPages("P.2")
           End Sub
  11. Close Script Editor.
  12. On the Tools menu, click Design Outlook Form to exit design mode.
  13. Click CommandButton1 to display the Web page.


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 IE

Keywords: kbcode kbinfo kbprogramming KB175515