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** Time Saver: Shortcut to Outlook Address Book **

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I have been hunting around for the solution to this problem for about a week now with no success.

Q) I have been trying to customise the office shortcut bar with some shortcuts to outlook features. I have had success with the referencing of IPM class types in the shortcut target command line to bring up new mail forms, contacts list, tasks etc.

What i want to know is how can i reference in a form script or command line switch to bring up the Global Address book from a shortcut in one click from the office bar or desktop?

I have tried using the open item sub to bring up the address book via a IPM class reference but my knowledge of the object models and VB arent sufficient.
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The problem with the address books is that it is no access to it provided by Outlook object model. The knowledge of MAPI will be rather helpfull here. But, may be you can specify your tast more explicitly, that we shall be able to find another way. Certainly, the address book is very seldom needed as itself, it is needed for certain purposes, i.e. composing the letter, getting a list of contacts etc., which can be realised with help of other Outlook features.
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Oh I find a desision. Look at this VBasic code
(in your VB project you should set references to the following libraries:
 Microsof Outlook Object Library
Microsoft Office Object Library)

Dim oApp As Outlook.Application
Dim oCB As Office.CommandBar
Dim oCBContr As Office.CommandBarControl

Set oApp = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")
'getting reference to menu Tools
Set oCB = oApp.ActiveExplorer.CommandBars.ActiveMenuBar.Controls("Tools").CommandBar
'command "Address Book..." is a third item in menu
Set oCBContr = oCB.Controls(3)
oCBContr.Execute

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this code do the following:
1. Opens Outlook
2. Uses the menu command "Address book...", which is the third menu item in the menu "Tools" (in my version of Outlook)
to open the Address book

So, you can write a VB program with this code, make an exe file and place the shortcut to it on your Office shortcut bar.

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by:nbruse
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Thanks Bodya,
I had thought about doing it that way, but i had no idea about the VB commands to do it. One other problem i have is that i only have the VB editor that comes with office 97 and i cant seem to create an executable. Is there a scripting tool that can run a script file in win 95. Otherwise i think i can get my hands on an VB compiler from somewhere. Rgds

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