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Outlook Form Design form file location

Posted on 2004-11-13
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Last Modified: 2008-03-03
I want to design a form for contacts and give it to 3 other Outlook users.   I do not have an exchange server.  I would like to know what the file extensions are and where are the forms are stored so that I can copy them to the other PC's.
Question by:GintarasUS
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Expert Comment

ID: 12576454
Microsoft Outlook forms are stored in the C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\FORMS

Forms are stored as FDM files: you CAN move them to another persons computer, just make sure that outlook isnt in use while trying to do so
Let me know if you have any more questions.

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preitmeyer earned 150 total points
ID: 12576483
Oh, I almost forgot
In the FORMS folder I mentioned above, you will see .tmp files in there, those ARE NOT the forms
you must save forms from within outlook
Tools>Options>Other>Advanced Options>Customize Forms> Forms Manager
Choose the folder where the forms are located in the drop down (probably Personal Forms Folder)
Click on teh form you want
and hit the "Save As" button, then save the FDM file appropriately
Good luck,

Author Comment

ID: 12598780
This was great info and I solved most of my problems except for.........   how do I make the new form the default for a certain folder when I click on new  (this is mostly for contacts)  I have different forms for different folders but have to goto 'action' to pick that form.  

Expert Comment

ID: 12603940
I think the only way around that is either doing the following:
Edit the "Standard Forms Libarary" forms to your liking (overwrite your original forms)
Make a new button on a COM Add-in that links to your new forms, load the add-in and call your forms
(a little tricky, but doable if you're a decent coder)


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