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Make outlook:today the Start Up Folder

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I am running Microsoft Outlook XP (2002)

As it turns out, no matter what options I have selected in the Advanced Options tab of the Options menu, Outlook always starts in the Inbox folder of the default account.

How do I force Outlook to open up into the outlook:today folder?
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by:slink9
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Have you tried a Repair on Outlook?
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by:DavisIII
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You have probably done this, but:

-Click on your Outlook Today folder
-Click on Customize Outlook Today located in the top right corner of your Oulook window
-Place a check mark in the "Startup" section next to "When starting, go directly to Outlook Today"
-Click on "Save Changes" located in the top right corner of your Oulook window

In previous versions it used to be "Go Directly to my Inbox" or something like that I think.  If you had a check it would go to your Inbox; in Outlook 2002, if you DO NOT have a check it will go to your Inbox.
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by:NodeZero
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Yeah, I've done that.
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by:DavisIII
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Have you tried the repair as slink9 recommended?  If so, you may want to uninstall Office XP and reinstall into a different directory.
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by:NodeZero
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If I uninstall Office XP, will I loose all my settings, calendar info, contacts, ect?
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by:DavisIII
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I would make a backup copy of your PST (Personal Message Store - contains all personalized data) file just to be save, but I have uninstalled Office XP dozens of times and have never lost email messages, contacts, calendar, etc.  If you had customized toolbars, views, etc... and you install into a different directory, depending on your operating system, you may loose these settings.  In general though you should be fine.

I take it the repair failed?

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by:NodeZero
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It didn't fail, It just didn't fix my problem.
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by:DavisIII
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If you have done all of the above, then it appears that your next step is to reinstall. Also, are you using Service Pack 1?  That may be a relatively quick thing to try depending on your bandwidth.

You can perform Office Updates from here:

http://office.microsoft.com/downloads/2002/lpksp1.aspx

Good Luck!
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by:NodeZero
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I tried to reinstall, but there was no change.  When I tried to install the sp-1, I get Error 1328: Error applying patch to file c:\config.msi\PT833.tmp.  It has probably been updated by other means, and can no longer be modified by this patch.
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by:Gac
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are you using outlook with exchange server?  
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by:NodeZero
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no
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by:MRicketts
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Try the following command line to start Outlook using your Outlook Today folder.

outlook /select outlook:\\today

Of course, Outlook needs to be in your path.
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by:NodeZero
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I have no idea how to do that in Windows XP.
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by:MRicketts
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Sorry.  I wasn't very detailed in my previous answer.  Create a shortcut and paste the following as the target.

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10\OUTLOOK.EXE" /select outlook:today

I run Office XP as well and have tested this option on many folders.  You can change the ":today" option to what ever folder you wish.  (eg: ":inbox\subfolder" or ":contacts")
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by:NodeZero
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I have figured it out.

In the registry go to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Clients\Mail\Microsoft Outlook\shell\open\command

and insert

"C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~2\Office10\OUTLOOK.EXE" outlook:today /recycle
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by:holdenmcgroin
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If you wanted outlook to start in the hotmail inbox folder.  Just replace (as above) outlook:inbox /recycle (or outlook:today /recycle) to 'Outlook:\\Hotmail\Inbox /recycle'

This will bring you straight to Your hotmail inbox when you open outlook.  This is what I do.

Hope it helps,

Holden.
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