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Outlook New Message shortcut

You know how when you want to send a new message you have to open Outlook and click on the new-message icon? If you're a person who doesn't have Outlook open all the time, it takes a lot of time. If you do keep Outlook open, you have to hunt for the program and bring up. Well, here's a way around all that, sent in by user Erasmo Medina.

I found a cool way of creating a New Message shortcut in Microsoft Outlook without having to go to Outlook application to create it.

The first step is to create a batch or command file and place it where Outlook.exe file resides. For example: "C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOfficeOutlook.exe." Name this file something of your choice; I named mine "Newmsg.bat." Listing 1 shows a sample of what this file should contain to execute the correct command for the New Message item.

Listing 1:
@Echo off
Start Outlook.exe /c ipm.note
Exit

Next, you need to create a shortcut of the newly created batch file on your desktop> Or, if you prefer, you can set it up in your "Programs" group as well. I placed mine on my Desktop and my Quick Launch Toolbar.

This setup saves me time, additional clicks and shuffling windows around. Now I find my time to be more productive than before. Enjoy!


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This was first published in September 2001

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