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Create Mail Message from Desktop

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Greetings, When I was using Outlook Express I discovered that I could create an icon on the desktop that would open a new mail message window without opening Outlook Express. Since installing Outlook 98, I can't remember how I created that icon. I'm not even sure if it is possible with Outlook 98. I don't see why it wouldn't be. Does anybody know how to do it?
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1. Create a shortcut to the Outlook program on your Desktop (by "cloning" one that's already there, or by right-clicking and dragging the OUTLOOK.EXE from an Explorer folder list to your desktop).

2. Edit the shortcut (right-click then "Properties").

3. In the "Target" field (where it says something like "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\OUTLOOK.EXE") add the following at the end (without the quotes of course): " /c ipm.note"

4. Click OK. Clicking on the shortcut will now create a blank message window.

Note that using the same technique you can create Desktop shortcuts that create all kinds of Outlook objects, like appointments, tasks, etc. To learn about all of them, from Outlook's Help menu select "Contents And Index." In the Help Topics window, switch to the "Index" tab and type in the keyword: "command-line" -- that should take you right to the relevant help topic.

HTH....
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Great! Thanks a bunch!
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