start outlook from within my application

Posted on 1998-12-22
Last Modified: 2010-04-04
How can I startup Outlook from within my delphi3 application, for example to send a message?
Question by:dummyy
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
LVL 10

Accepted Solution

viktornet earned 50 total points
ID: 1352469
ShellExecute(0, 'open', 'Outlook.exe', nil, nil, SW_SHOWNORMAL);


Expert Comment

ID: 1352470
You can better use the TEmail component.
It directly uses MAPI functions so that you can compose messages within your
Delphi app and you don't have to start Outlook first.
For details, see the example included in the zip-file.
LVL 10

Expert Comment

ID: 1352471
To start a default e-mailer you use this...

ShellExecute(0, 'open', '', nil, nil, SW_SHOWNORMAL);

I think that if you use this following
ShellExecute(0, 'open', '', 'Your Subject', nil, SW_SHOWNORMAL);
you can include your subject for the maill...

Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!


Author Comment

ID: 1352472
Your answer is correct but while trying to implement it, Delphi couldn't find the shell32.lib. Meanwhile I've got an answer from Tulip which seems more prefarable. Thanks anyway for answering my question.
LVL 10

Expert Comment

ID: 1352473
It couldn't find it because you didn't include it... I'm sorry for forgetting to tell you that you need to include it...

uses ...., ShellAPI;

as you can see you need to add ShellAPI to your uses clause... Hope this helps...


Author Comment

ID: 1352474
Thanks, it's completely correct, I was looking for shell32.lib and couldn't find it. I guessed already that it should be something like you mentioned. Thanks.

Featured Post

Free Tool: Path Explorer

An intuitive utility to help find the CSS path to UI elements on a webpage. These paths are used frequently in a variety of front-end development and QA automation tasks.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article explains how to create forms/units independent of other forms/units object names in a delphi project. Have you ever created a form for user input in a Delphi project and then had the need to have that same form in a other Delphi proj…
Hello everybody This Article will show you how to validate number with TEdit control, What's the TEdit control? TEdit is a standard Windows edit control on a form, it allows to user to write, read and copy/paste single line of text. Usua…
In this video we outline the Physical Segments view of NetCrunch network monitor. By following this brief how-to video, you will be able to learn how NetCrunch visualizes your network, how granular is the information collected, as well as where to f…
Visualize your data even better in Access queries. Given a date and a value, this lesson shows how to compare that value with the previous value, calculate the difference, and display a circle if the value is the same, an up triangle if it increased…
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month9 days, 5 hours left to enroll

617 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question