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VBA/ outlook 2000:  How can I show the new mail-icon when a new mail arrives ?

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Greetings, itbabe.

The new mail icon is shown automatically when mail arrives in your default account.  No programming required.  You just need to configure Outlook's notification setting.  If instead you are talking about being notified when mail arrives in another account you have open (i.e. what you asked about in this question http://www.experts-exchange.com/Applications/MS_Office/Outlook/Q_22075966.html), then the new mail icon isn't an option.  Unless there's an undocumented means of doing this, then Microsoft hasn't made the new mail icon available to programmers.  With a bit of scripting you can get a form of notification, for example a pop-up dialog-box that says you received a new message on the other account, but it will be intrusive (i.e. the dialog-box will stay there until cleared and it will steal the system focus from whatever you are working on when the notification fires).  In other words, it will not behave like the notification icon.  Another more complicated approach would be to create an Outlook add-in that would emulate the new mail icon.  It would detect that a message has arrived in the other mailbox and would post it's own notification icon in the system tray.  

Cheers!
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