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Plug-in to  Outlook / Outlook Express

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I'd like to program some sort of a "plug-in" or addition for Outlook and Outlook Express that would do the folloeing things:
Add a "New Special" button next to the "New Mail" button.
Clicking the "New Special" would open a form similar to the "New Message" Form, with a "Send Special" button that would add the "Special" message to the outbox folder, or an other local folder.
Also, when pressing Send/Recv button on the outlook with my addition, whould first run my code for handling the "Special" messages, and only after finishing it would do the regular Send/Recv activities.

Can this be done ?
Can parts of it be done?
How?
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Yes it can be done. It’s not easy.
There is full support of the Microsoft Exchange Client extensions interfaces written in C that can perform actions in response to user activities like perform actions when users open Outlook items, change a selection, and click a menu command or toolbar buttons. I don’t know if you can use VB the same way.
There is also a complete OLE Automation object model to manipulate Outlook data as objects. You can create, modify, or delete Outlook items, folders, attachments, and so on. This is available using VB but it doesn’t have the hooks you are looking for.
Visual Basic Scripting code can respond when users complete actions like open, close, send, or change properties of Outlook items. These are on completion so you will not be able to do any preprocessing.
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Does the Microdoft Exchange client extensions interface in C work with Outlook Express as well, or just Outlook ?
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Express is a sub set, so I would have to say yes. You need to review the documentation and see what functions you will be using and verify that they will work with both. You need to do some R&D to test the usability of these functions to accomplish your goals. This is a big task and I don’t think there are very many people wanting to do this (programming). I’m not trying to discourage you, but I’m probably doing it. :>)
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