Tag Archive for custom forms

Remove the To field from an Outlook message form

Sometimes we get some interesting questions and the solution, while not useful to everyone, is worth mentioning. This is one of those questions. I must use the BCC most of the time because of confidentiality reasons. I have made mistakes a couple of times when I entered the email addresses of more than one recipient…

Using Microsoft Outlook's Forms Designer

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You can use the Forms designer to design custom forms for Outlook. To open it, open any new form then go to Tools, Forms, Forms Designer (in older versions of Outlook). In Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010, you need to show the Developer ribbon before you can open the form in design mode.  Outlook 2010: go…

How to clean up Outlook's Forms Cache

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When you receive the message The form required to view this message cannot be displayed. Contact your administrator It usually means that you need to clean Outlook's forms cache. To clear the forms cache, follow these steps: Go to Tools menu, Options. Click the Other tab, and then Advanced Options. Click Custom Forms. Click Manage…

Publishing Microsoft Outlook "Application farm" Custom Forms

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Installing custom forms from the Microsoft Application farm isn't hard. In most cases, it's as easy as opening the form, or was until Outlook security was tightened down. Now you need to publish the forms yourself. It's still easy but requires a few more steps and a few minutes of your time. Download and run…

How to publish custom forms in Microsoft Outlook

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See Designing Custom Forms to learn how to open a form in design view. Due to security issues, any Outlook template (or form) containing code must be published –  templates (*.oft) opened from the hard drive will not work and in some cases, will no longer open. (Templates containing custom fields need to be opened…

Tip 433: See Replied to Time

Would you like to be able to see the time you replied to or forwarded a message in your message list view? You can, using an Extension form configuration file (*.CFG) that exposes the hidden Extended MAPI property PR_LAST_VERB_EXECUTED, which holds the replied to/forwarded times. The best part is, you don't need to have a…

Tip 326: Change the Contacts Tab Order

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Ann asks: Is there a way to change the order of the tabs as you enter new information for a new contact…i.e, it tabs from Name to Title to Company then it jumps to the phone/fax/mobile fields and then back to the address. Can it be changed to tab from Name to Title to Company…

Tip 202: Publishing Custom Forms Questions

Q: I tried the date form sample on your site and it doesn't work. A: Forms containing scripts must be published. This prevents someone from sending you a form containing virus-like scripts. The scripts won't work unless you publish the form. You won't be warned that it needs to be published, so if a form…

Tip 77: Easy Access to Templates within Outlook

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Many users don't like to use templates because it takes too many steps to get to the template: in Outlook 2010 and up, New Items > More Items > Choose Form and browse the User Templates in File System; or in older version Tools > Forms > Choose Forms, look in User Templates in File…