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TIP: To get help with Outlook programming objects

To see Help topics on the different Outlook objects and their properties, methods and events, use the Object Browser in Outlook 2000 VBA or, for earlier versions, in Word or Excel VBA (or even in Visual Basic):

  1. Press Alt+F11 to open the VBA environment.
  2. Press F2 to display the Object Browser.
  3. If you're in Word or Excel VBA, choose Tools | References, and add the Microsoft Outlook library to the project.
  4. At the top of the Object Browser, switch from viewing <All Libraries> to Outlook.

The Object Browser should now show you a list of all the Outlook objects. You can use the box at the top of the Object Browser to search by name or just browse the list to see what's interesting. When you want to know more, select an object or property, etc., then press F1 to see its Help topic. In other words, use the Object Browser as an index to the Help on the Outlook object model.

In Outlook 98, you may first need to install the Development Tools component. For Outlook 97, copy Vbaoutl.hlp and Vbaoutl.cnt from the Valupack folder on your Outlook/Office CD to the to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office on your hard drive. You can run the Vbaoutl.hlp file directly.

To look up the syntax for Outlook form controls, add a userform module to your Outlook VBA project. The MSForms library will automatically be added to your VBA project references, and you'll be able to look up MSForms control properties and methods in the object browser. Be aware that Outlook forms don't support all properties. There is no support for ListBox.ColumnHeads, for example.

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