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Hi Experts,
In my application (winform application) an Excel file is created. I then want to open the default email client on the local machine with the Excel file attached to it and let the user enter the additional details (recipients, etc).

The email client will be MS Outlook or Lotus Notes 8.

I have tried:
- Mailto, but this does not seem to be a very stable solution.
- Smtp, but I am not able to open the email client before sending
- MAPI, but I am not able to make VB recognize any MAPI names (not sure if I need to install or import namespaces)

I hope someone can give me some advice.
Best regards, MB

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You need to import:
Imports System.Web.Mail

There is a full source example of creating a MailMessage object here:
http://www.freevbcode.com/ShowCode.asp?ID=5486

 
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I then want to open the default email client on the local machine with the Excel file attached to it and let the user enter the additional details (recipients, etc).
Unless you wanted to use mailto: or buy something like Rebex:
http://www.rebex.net/mail.net/purchase.aspx
Then it would probably be easier to just create your own mail message editor in VB. Of course, you dont automatically get the access to the Global Address List or contacts like you would in those programs, but there is plenty of examples of accessing those from VB.NET.
 
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by:mark_norge
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Thanks for the reply ladarling,

Based on your reply and information on the web I see that "MailMessage" in itself is not able to show the e-mail "as draft" in the default local email client before sending. Since it is possible to get the contacts, I can create a form and by this get the required functionality. Even if I would like to use the default local email client to do most of this, this is ok.

One thing then remains unclear to me. What are the requirements on the local machine? Is it possible to use this method regardless of the installed email client (Outlook, Lotus Notes?). What are the requirements on the local machine?

Regards, MB

 
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One thing then remains unclear to me. What are the requirements on the local machine? Is it possible to use this method regardless of the installed email client (Outlook, Lotus Notes?). What are the requirements on the local machine?
Yes, you can use this method so long as your application has access to an SMTP server, regardless of the client software. You will, of course, have to specify the mail server name and port (usually 25).
I should point out that Microsoft want developers to migrate to the System.Net.Mail namespace, which is very similar to System.Web.Mail's functionality, plus some enhancements.
So , the 'updated' method would use a System.Net.Mail.MailMessage and a System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient, the members of which are:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.net.mail.smtpclient_members.aspx
 
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Thanks a lot, excellent help.
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