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How to determine the default Email program running in the system (i.e, Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express) in VB.
I am developing one application and I want to include this functionality by just clicking a single Button then the program will automatically open the default Email Software.
Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.
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by:bruintje
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Hi Arnoldgh,

a popular approach in this VB TA is to implement independent mail client functionality with this component

http://www.freevbcode.com/ShowCode.Asp?ID=109

HAGD:O)Bruintje
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by:arnoldgh
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Thank you Bruintje, your suggestion would be very useful for customized emailing system, but in my case, I simply just need
to run or open up the default Email Software so the user can have options to send, receive emails or manage addresses, etc. I don't want
it to automatically run the email send option.

Regards,
arnoldgh
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by:arnoldgh
ID: 7098287
Thank you Bruintje, your suggestion would be very useful for customized emailing system, but in my case, I simply just need
to run or open up the default Email Software so the user can have options to send, receive emails or manage addresses, etc. I don't want
it to automatically run the email send option.

Regards,
arnoldgh
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by:Éric Moreau
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Use "mailto:"

' Form1
Option Explicit
Private Declare Function ShellExecute Lib "shell32.dll" Alias "ShellExecuteA" (ByVal hwnd _
  As Long, ByVal lpOperation As String, ByVal lpFile As String, ByVal lpParameters As _
  String, ByVal lpDirectory As String, ByVal nShowCmd As Long) As Long

Private Sub Form_Click()
  Dim ret As Long, mailInfo(0 To 4) As String
  mailInfo(0) = "aaa@aaa"
  mailInfo(3) = "Report for %D"
  mailInfo(4) = "Hi, I'm sending report for %D.  Regards, "

  ' open 'new message' in OE
  ret = ShellExecute(Me.hwnd, vbNullString, _
      "mailto:" & mailInfo(0) _
      & "?CC=" & mailInfo(1) _
      & "&BCC=" & mailInfo(2) _
      & "&Subject=" & Replace(mailInfo(3), "%D", Format(Date, "dd.mm.yyyy") & _
          " (" & WeekdayName(Weekday(Date, vbMonday), , vbMonday) & ")") _
      & "&Body=" & Replace(mailInfo(4), "%D", Format(Date, "dd.mm.yyyy") & _
          " (" & WeekdayName(Weekday(Date, vbMonday), , vbMonday) & ")") _
      , vbNullString, "c:\", 1)
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by:arnoldgh
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Hi emoreau,
    Thank you for your suggestion, but, is there a way that I will be able to detect the default email program (say in the windows registry) so that I can execute it (as if I'm just clicking on the program Icon on the Start Menu to open it up). I simply want to open the default email software and not automatically sending a mail.

Thanks and regards,
arnoldgh
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by:bruintje
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Hi Aronldgh, you can also look at this snippet

http://www.planet-source-code.com/vb/scripts/ShowCode.asp?txtCodeId=969&lngWId=-10

HAGD:O)Bruintje
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by:arnoldgh
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Hi emoreau,
    Thank you for your suggestion, but, is there a way that I will be able to detect the default email program (say in the windows registry) so that I can execute it (as if I'm just clicking on the program Icon on the Start Menu to open it up). I simply want to open the default email software and not automatically sending a mail.

Thanks and regards,
arnoldgh
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tetrode earned 100 total points
ID: 7103785
see HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\mailto\shell\open\command
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by:arnoldgh
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I would like to thank bruintje and emoreau for your effort and suggestions, however I would like to give the points to tetrode as his suggestion was actually what I'm looking at. Thank you very much guys.

Regards,
arnoldgh
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by:tetrode
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Thanks! - BTW you will need to do some parsing there - be sure that you cover all possibilities.

Mark
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by:arnoldgh
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understand, yes I will. Thanks.
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