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  • Pointers for Outlook Programming

    I would appreciate some pointers on online resources for outlook programming. I have good knowledge of C/Unix/Scripts but have zero knowledge of windows,VC++ etc.

    What I am trying to do is to make some rudimentary (for now) additions to outlook in form of common GTD actions (such as file,delegate, create a task,create a project from an email....) A subgoal of this is to learn something new in the process.


    Thanks

    Deepak

  • #2
    Internal Outlook programming is done with VBA (Visual Basic for Applications).

    The best way to start is to create a macro within Outlook, and then look at the code that is generated (Alt-F11). You'll get a basic idea of what to do with that as a starting point.

    I've done lots of Outlook programming, so feel free to ask questions as you go along.

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    • #3
      Also, this is a good site for programming with Office applications:

      Office Zealot

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      • #4
        A good site to start at would be www.outlookcode.com

        Ken

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        • #5
          Originally posted by PDJunieB
          Internal Outlook programming is done with VBA (Visual Basic for Applications).

          The best way to start is to create a macro within Outlook, and then look at the code that is generated (Alt-F11). You'll get a basic idea of what to do with that as a starting point.
          Just so there is no confusion -- The statement above sounds a bit as though you can "record" a macro via keystrokes, and then look at the code for that macro in the VB Editor. However, Outlook, unlike Word and Excel, does not allow for "recording" macros in that manner. You must open the VB Editor and code your macro or subroutine directly in the Editor.

          Regards.....Bill Kratz

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          • #6
            You're right. Sorry for my misstatement.

            You can record macros first in Word or Excel, and look at the code there for ideas. Then transfer over the basics to the editor in Outlook.

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            • #7
              Take a trip over to the following site:

              http://www.michaelhyatt.com/workings...ook/index.html

              Michael Hyatt has a good section on GTD macro's for Outlook. As well do a search of the forum, a couple of others have placed links to their macro work.

              Build off others, rather than reinvent the wheel.

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