Troubleshooting Outlook : Command line switches for Outlook 2010


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Troubleshooting Outlook : Command line switches for Outlook 2010

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Outlook 2010 provides the command line switches for our handy troubleshooting.

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You can use some of these switches that are recommended for solving problems.

If you do hit an unexpected issue and want to run one of these switches. During these times, these switches can also been used when you need to restore Outlook settings to the default settings. 

Let we try to use the switches in Windows 7 and Outlook 2010:

a) You can use either one of the 3 options:

1) Open the Run command via Start-> Run

2) Press the Windows Logo + R on your keyboard

3) Open the Start Menu and use the Search field to type in for the next step. (see the pic)

b) In the box you opened in option 1/2/3 and just type: outlook.exe

c) Press the spacebar once, and then type a forward slash mark (/) followed by the switch you want to use (see the list given below).

d) Let we take example using the command line CleanReminders switch. 
The command you type in the Open box should look like this:

outlook.exe /cleanreminders

e) To run the command, click OK.


List of command line switches for Outlook 2010:

Switch Description

/a

Creates an item with the specified file as an attachment.

Example: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office11\Outlook.exe" /a "C:\My Documents\labels.doc"
Note: If no item type is specified, IPM.Note is assumed. Cannot be used with message classes that aren't based on Outlook.

/altvba otmfilename

Opens the VBA program specified in otmfilename, rather than %appdata%\Microsoft\Outlook\VbaProject.OTM.

/c messageclass

Creates a new item of the specified message class (Outlook forms or any other valid MAPI form). Some of the related examples:

  • /c ipm.activity creates a Journal entry
  • /c ipm.appointment creates an appointment
  • /c ipm.contact creates a contact
  • /c ipm.note creates an e-mail message
  • /c ipm.stickynote creates a note
  • /c ipm.task creates a task

/checkclient

Prompts for the default manager of e-mail, news, and contacts.

/cleanclientrules

Starts Outlook and deletes client-based rules.

/cleandmrecords

Deletes the logging records saved when a manager or a delegate declines a meeting.

/cleanfinders

Removes Search Folders from the Microsoft Exchange server store.

/cleanfreebusy

Clears and regenerates free/busy information. This switch can only be used when you are able to connect to your Microsoft Exchange server.

/cleanprofile

Removes invalid profile keys and recreates default registry keys where applicable.

/cleanpst

Launches Outlook with a clean Personal Folders file (.pst).

/cleanreminders

Clears and regenerates reminders.

/cleanrules

Starts Outlook and deletes client- and server-based rules.

/cleanschedplus

Deletes all Schedule+ data (free/busy, permissions, and .cal file) from the server and enables the free/busy information from the Outlook Calendar to be used and viewed by all Schedule+ 1.0 users.

/cleanserverrules

Starts Outlook and deletes server-based rules.

/cleansniff

Deletes duplicate reminder messages.

/cleansubscriptions

Deletes the subscription messages and properties for subscription features.

/cleanviews

Restores default views. All custom views you created are lost.

/designer

Starts Outlook without figuring out if Outlook should be the default client in the first run.

/embedding

Opens the specified message file (.msg) as an OLE embedding. Also used without command-line parameters for standard OLE co-create.

/f msgfilename

Opens the specified message file (.msg) or Microsoft Office saved search (.oss).

/firstrun

Starts Outlook as if it were run for the first time.

/hol holfilename

Opens the specified .hol file.

/ical icsfilename

Opens the specified .ics file.

/importprf prffilename

Launches Outlook and opens/imports the defined MAPI profile (*.prf). If Outlook is already open, queues the profile to be imported on the next clean launch.

/l olkfilename

Opens the specified .olk file.

/launchtraininghelp assetid

Opens a Help window with the Help topic specified in assetid.

/m emailname

Provides a way for the user to add an e-mail name to the item. Only works in conjunction with the /c command-line parameter.

Example: Outlook.exe /c ipm.note /m emailname

/nocustomize

Starts Outlook without loading outcmd.dat (customized toolbars) and *.fav file.

/noextensions

Starts Outlook with extensions turned off, but listed in the Add-In Manager.

/nopollmail

Starts Outlook without checking mail at startup.

/nopreview

Starts Outlook with the Reading Pane off.

/p msgfilename

Prints the specified message (.msg). Does not work with HTML.

/profile profilename

Loads the specified profile. If your profile name contains a space, enclose the profile name in quotation marks (").

/profiles

Opens the Choose Profile dialog box regardless of the Options setting on the Tools menu.

/recycle

Starts Outlook using an existing Outlook window, if one exists. Used in combination with /explorer or /folder.

/resetfoldernames

Resets default folder names (such as Inbox or Sent Items) to default names in the current Office user interface language.

Note: If you first connect to your mailbox Outlook using a Russian user interface, the Russian default folder names cannot be renamed. To change the default folder names to another language such as Japanese or English, you can use this switch to reset the default folder names after changing the user interface language or installing a different language version of Outlook.

/resetfolders

Restores missing folders for the default delivery location.

/resetnavpane

Clears and regenerates the Navigation Pane for the current profile.

/rpcdiag

Opens Outlook and displays the remote procedure call (RPC) connection status dialog.

/s filename

Loads the specified shortcuts file (.fav).

/safe

Starts Outlook without extensions, Reading Pane, or toolbar customization.

/safe:1

Starts Outlook with the Reading Pane off.

/safe:2

Starts Outlook without checking mail at startup.

/safe:3

Starts Outlook with extensions turned off, but listed in the Add-In Manager.

/safe:4

Starts Outlook without loading Outcmd.dat (customized toolbars) and *.fav file.

/select foldername

Starts Outlook and opens the specified folder in a new window.
For example, to open Outlook and display the default calendar use: "c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office11\Outlook.exe" /select outlook:calendar

/sniff

Starts Outlook and forces a detection of new meeting requests in the Inbox, and then adds them to the calendar.

/t oftfilename

Opens the specified .oft file.

/v vcffilename

Opens the specified .vcf file.

/vcal vcsfilename

Opens the specified .vcs file.

/x xnkfilename

Opens the specified .xnk file.

Happy troubleshooting with Outlook 2010!!
  • These command line switches are not for Outlook 2010 at all.. Although some work, the vast majority only work with previous versions of Outlook.

  • Yah - no good for Outlook 2010 !!!

  • I was having trouble with Outlook 2010 on a Windows 7 box.  Everytime you would launch outlook 2010 and select a calendar, it would give you a popup to CLOSE THE PROGRAM - esentially crash.  I right clicked on the Outlook icon and selected the troubleshoot compatibility option.  works fine now for the user.

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