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 a string that is…

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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 the issue.   During troubleshooting we noticed that these issue may occur…

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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 Basic Application Automating Outlook from Other Office…


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 the related articles that are pretty…

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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.


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 Outlook. Some Outlook features are dependent on Microsoft…

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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. To use this tool, the Outlook calendar…


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…


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: As you know, Microsoft Outlook 2010…

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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 logic, they read…

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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 using Outlook Object Model (OOM) API. Let we…

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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 because HTTP-based mail messages are stored…


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 Social Connector configuration…