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  • Blog Post: Office Developer: How to programmatically restrict or filter “To” property using Outlook Object Model?

    In this post, we will see how to programmatically filter/restrict items “To” property. Let we take this scenario. In Outlook, we notice it contains 6 items “To” property containing “Deva G”:   Note:In specifying a filter in a Jet or DASL query, if you use a pair of single quotes to delimit...
  • Blog Post: Outlook : How to regenerate free/busy information using MFC MAPI?

    Recently one of my customer reported that Outlook is not showing latest free/busy information for selected users. Initially they tried the following steps for the affected users: Exit Outlook Open Command prompt > Open Outlook with cleanfreebusy switch (outlook.exe /cleanfreebusy) It failed to resolve...
  • Blog Post: Office Developer : Outlook & VBA Programming # 2

    In addition to previous article, I would suggest you to have a look at the related articles for reference/samples etc: Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 Inside Out 101 VBA samples for Office 2010 VBA for Office developers Office 2003 Editions: Outlook VBA Language Reference Automating Outlook from a Visual...
  • Blog Post: Office Developer : Outlook & VBA Programming # 1

    By using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), a simple but powerful programming language that you can use to extend Office 2010 applications with new capabilities and automate repeated tasks. I remember VBA is used for a long time in Microsoft Office based applications. I thought to combine the list...
  • Blog Post: Is it possible to download Offline address book via Outlook Object Model API?

    This is one common question from our customers - whether they can programmatically download an Offline address book through the Outlook Object Model or not. The answer is “No”. Offline address book downloads are not exposed through the Outlook object model.
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Marketplace: Developer tools and macros

    You can download free or paid or trial versions of Developer tools and macros for Office versions 2003, 2007 and 2010 at Marketplace ….It’s available for the products like Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, SharePoint and Access.
  • Blog Post: How to install the latest applicable updates for Microsoft Outlook 2003, 2007 and 2010?

    The above query is a common one that we receive from our customers. Have a look at our support KB regarding this (specific to US English version only) http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2625547 . This article provides a comprehensive list of the most recent hotfix updates and service packs for Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Utility review: Calcheck – Outlook Calendar Checking tool

    In this post, we will have a look at the Calendar Checking tool (Calcheck) for Outlook which is published recently by Randy. This program checks the Microsoft Outlook Calendar and items for problems or for potential problems. It's is a command-line program that checks Outlook Calendars for problems....
  • Blog Post: Outlook Object Model: How to include usemap attribute programmatically?

    In this post, I will show you how to make use of usemap attribute of img HTML element in HTML emails programmatically. For this, I used Outlook 2010 VBA & Outlook Object Model. You can design the application with C# or VB.Net with Outlook Object Model library as per your wish. We will do this exercise...
  • Blog Post: Outlook Object Model: How to assign a Webpage to a specific Outlook folder programmatically?

    In this post we will see how to assign a web page to a specific Outlook folder programmatically using C# and Outlook Object Model. For this I tried the following sample, which checks for a folder named “HtmlView” in Microsoft Office Outlook. If the folder does not exist, the code creates the folder and...
  • Blog Post: Outlook 2010: Migrating CDO based application to Outlook Object Model(OOM) library

    Recently one of my developer customer migrated from Outlook 2003 to 2010. He tried running the custom application (uses CDO & Outlook 2003) in Outlook 2010. It throws the error “ActiveX component can’t create object”.  Using the following test sample, I can reproduce the exact issue at my end...
  • Blog Post: EWS GetItem() call fail to return recurrence-id for meetings created/modified using Outlook 2003 & Exchange 2010

    One of my customers reported an issue while they were reading a recurrence calendar with exceptions using Exchange Web Service (EWS) API. Their EWS application uses EWS WSDL to generate stub and uses that to access the server to read the calendar items from Exchange Server 2010. As part of the business...
  • Blog Post: Outlook Programming: How to retrieve unread messages from any Outlook folder?

    Recently one of my customer updated that he got a requirement to programmatically retrieve unread messages from any Outlook folder to be implemented part of his application. We tried the following steps -  Will show you how you can programmatically retrieve unread messages from any Outlook folder...
  • Blog Post: Why using Custom Outlook forms and HTTP scenarios not recommended?

    In Outlook, custom Outlook forms are not supported for use with HTTP-based mail services (such as Microsoft Hotmail). Outlook does not prevent you from using custom form features if you are using an HTTP-based mail service. However, some features do not work correctly. The features do not work correctly...
  • Blog Post: How to: Configure Outlook Social Connector for Facebook?

    If you had followed my previous blog post , downloaded and installed Outlook Social Connector (OSC) for Facebook, you can have a look at this video: If you want to configure just follow the steps to configure it: Once you install the download, restart Outlook, and you will be prompted by the Outlook...
  • Blog Post: Review: Microsoft Outlook Social Connector (OSC) Provider for Facebook

    Do you use Facebook, look forward to integrate with Outlook and change your existing world? Yes, you can can connect your Facebook account to the Outlook Social Connector and stay up to the minute with the people in your network by accessing everything from e-mail threads to status updates in one single...
  • Blog Post: Development : Threading with Outlook Object Model?

    Developers do complain when they use multi-threading the Outlook Object Model (OOM) API, it fails or hangs inside and outside of Outlook?  The reason behind this is the Outlook Object Model is not thread safe which means that COM will never allow multiple threads to enter concurrently.  Instead...
  • Blog Post: Outlook Object Model: Handling mailbox items - read or unread - from any folder

    Being Exchange/Office developer, you make use of Outlook Object Model (OOM) API to can handle the mailbox items programmatically and process as per your wish. Let me walkthrough through this sample: 'Declaration block Dim iOut As Outlook.Application Dim iNs As Outlook.NameSpace Dim iFldr As Outlook...
  • Blog Post: Outlook error : Your mailbox has been temporarily moved on Microsoft Exchange Server

    Recently one of my customer tried opening Outlook and it thrown the following error: During troubleshooting we noticed that the OWA works fine but problem while accessing Outlook. This happens because he still using the same profile and the mailbox was recreated some time earlier. In this scenario, i...
  • Blog Post: KB : Outlook Object Model (OOM) limitations

    I found this knowledge base article which talks about known limitation you may encounter with the Microsoft Outlook Object model. I found this interesting excerpt, “…unlike other Microsoft Office programs that have “full” object models, such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, the Outlook object model...
  • Blog Post: Can we change the Mouse pointer to an Hourglass in Outlook?

    Many of us want to know whether any options exists to change the Mouse pointer to an Hourglass or custom of their own in Outlook? Per support knowledge base article , “…You cannot control the appearance of the mouse pointer using the Outlook object model. If you are writing code within Outlook that takes...
  • Blog Post: Outlook: How to compact my PST/OST file in Outlook 2010?

    I listed some of the regular questions that we see from our customers from PST/OST are, 1) How to reclaim the space from PST? 2) How to compact my PST file? 3) How to compact PST/OST files to eliminate deleted item space in Outlook? 4) My PST is filling my hard disk? To conserve space on your hard disk...
  • Blog Post: Coding practices : Outlook automation using VB.Net

    You can try when you do programming with VB.Net and Outlook automation: When you start automation code by declaring object variables with a specific object type that represents the top-level object and then declaring any child objects you want to reference. Dim olApp As Outlook.Application ...
  • Blog Post: Error : Outlook blocks access to the potentially unsafe attachments ?

    Recently one of the developer sent out an email to me stating the he face 'new' issue with Outlook 2007, which blocks access to some of the mail's attachments. When they try to access the attachment they get the following error message “ Outlook blocked access to the following potentially unsafe attachments...
  • Blog Post: Download : Outlook 2010 - Developer reference

    If you’re the Office/Messaging developer and use Outlook 2010 beta for developing applications, then this article is for you. Microsoft published Outlook 2010 – Developer reference . These developer references are in HxS format, as opposed to CHM format. It also contain related information about the...
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