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Outlook 2003 "Plan a Meeting" menu option missing

I just wrote a cool add-in to sync free/busy info. I am testing in various VM's using Outlook with different Frameworks, etc. My test Office 2003 Pro installs don't have the "Plan a Meeting" option in the Actions menu in the Office calendar like on my development machine. They are all Office 2003 Pro typical installs. What do I need to turn this function on in a new O2003 install???  
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apache09Commented:
Its likely its just not on the menu.

Go to Tools>Customize
Select Commands Tab
Change the Menu Bar dropdown to: Actions
Select Add

In the Add Command Window
Go to Actions
Select Plan a Meeting on the Right
OK

Close

Close

Should now be there
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craig429Author Commented:
Go to Tools>Customize
OK

Select Commands Tab
OK

Change the Menu Bar dropdown to: Actions
This is a list box. I selected "Actions"

Select Add
No Add Here. The right list box contains currently visible Action menu items, plus "Post Reply To Folder". I don't see "Plan A Meeting" nor is it clear to me how I would add "Post Reply To Folder" if that was my intent.

Below the list boxes are two buttons, "Modify Selection" (greyed out) and "Rearrange Comands..." Rearrange Commands has the Actions dropdown and the Add button, but no "Plan A Meeting" option although I was able to add the "Post Reply to Folder". Arrghh!
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irudykCommented:
Try selecting the Go | Calendar option first.  Then follow these steps:
Tools | Customize | Command tab
Categories: Actions | Commands: Plan a Meeting
Click and drag "Plan a Meeting" to add it as an option under the Actions item of the Menu toolbar
Click the Close button
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craig429Author Commented:
It seems Go|Calendar didn't do anything different for me.

I have attached screen shots of the Tools|Customize|Actions menus and you can see they have different content. Both versions swear they are Outlook 2003 from Office Pro 2003.

The "good" one reports Outlook 2003 (11.5608.5606)
The "bad" one reports Outlook 2003 (11.8169.8172) SP3

Is this a versioning issue? Is it possible that the functionality I am seeking was actually removed from SP3? Hard to believe SP3 being less kitchen-sinky.
OutlookActions.jpg
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irudykCommented:
I've got Outlook 2003 (11.8217.8221) SP3 and the item is there. So, maybe look to see if there are any Outlook 2003 patches outstanding and apply them. Another option is to run a Detect and Repair (under the Help menu) to see if that fixes the issue.
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craig429Author Commented:
So I did the Detect and Repair
I did an uninstall and reinstall Full (as opposed to Typical).
Still no joy.

Since this is a test install, I never bothered to actually set up an e-mail account, since I am just testing a Calendaring add-in. I set up an e-mail account and bingo! the missing Action items magically appeared!

This is a bit of a hardship, since I have to test for XP/O2003, XP/O2007, Vista/O2003, Vista/O2007, plus .NET Frameworks 1.1, 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5, so I have to actually set up e-mail accounts on these installs. What do other Add-In developers do? (I think I know the answer to this but I dare not say it out loud)

Anyway, thanks for the bandwidth. I consider this issue closed.
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irudykCommented:
Thanks for info.  I don't think I would have ever thought to ask if an email account was set up.  Good to hear you got it worked out even though it's going to cause you some hardship in you testing.  Good luck!
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apache09Commented:
Good Deal.

Heh, the devil is in the details.

Dont for get to close this issue by accepting the appropriate answer(s), even if they are your own.


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