Outlook 2000 - VBA code to emulate "Out of Office" assistant?
Posted on 2009-04-28
Hi, I'm managing the email for a small family run business. Everyone has Outlook 2000. I went to show them how to turn on the "Out of office" auto-responder the other day, but to my great surprise Outlook 2000 doesn't have this feature. Apparently even 2003 doesn't have it either! I don't particularly want to tell them to upgrade all their computers to 2007 just for this feature. So was wondering if there's an easy alternative. I know I could just create an autoresponding Rule, and tell them to turn it on when they're away, but I fear this wouldn't be user-friendly enough for some of the users.
So I was thinking someone might be able to program something in VBA for Outlook?
Here's what I'd like specifically
An "Out of office" button on the toolbar. When you click it a window pops up asking what you want your Out of office message to be. The default is what the message was last time (if that's possible). Hit OK or cancel. If you hit "ok", the pop-up is replaced by another that says "Out of office" assistant is ON. Do not close Outlook." And then have a button to press when one wants to stop the assistant. You could also make it impossible to close Outlook while the assistant is running, if that's possible.
Can anyone do this?
Thanks. And I'm a bit familiar with VBA and even know of "Redemption" so you wouldn't have to baby-step me too much on usage...