transfer categories from outlook 2003 to 2007

Posted on 2009-05-12
Last Modified: 2013-11-29
I wonder if anyone can suggest a way of copying the categories from Outlook 2003 on one machine to Outlook 2007 on another.
Microsdoft have an article;en-us;297405
which explains how to do it in 2003 to 2003 but that is all I can find.

Question by:MsElfin
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by:David Lee
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Hi, MsElfin.

Outlook 2003 stores categories in the registry.  Outlook 2007 stores them in a hidden folder in Outlook.  There is no built in means of copying them from 2003 to 2007.  It is possible to do it if you are comfortable scripting in Outlook.

Author Comment

ID: 24484834
Hi BlueDevilFan

Thanks your message.  How does one access the hidden folder in Outlook 2007?  Then I can look at scripting.

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David Lee earned 50 total points
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You don't need to access the hidden folder directly.  Outlook 2007's object model includes everything you need to do it from code.  Here's an example of how to add categories in Outlook 2007.
Sub CompanyCategories()

    Const CATNAMES = "CatA,CatB"

    Const CATCOLORS = "2,3"

    Dim olkApp, olkSes, olkCats, olkCat, arrCats, varCat, arrColors, varColor, intIndex

    Set olkApp = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")

    Set olkSes = olkApp.GetNamespace("MAPI")

    olkSes.Logon "Outlook"

    Set olkCats = olkSes.Categories

    arrCats = Split(CATNAMES, ",")

    arrColors = Split(CATCOLORS, ",")

    For intIndex = LBound(arrCats) To UBound(arrCats)

        varCat = arrCats(intIndex)

        varColor = arrColors(intIndex)

        Set olkCat = olkCats.Item(varCat)

        If TypeName(olkCat) = "Nothing" Then

            Set olkCat = olkCats.Add(varCat, varColor)


            If olkCat.Color <> varColor Then

                olkCat.Color = varColor

            End If

        End If


    Set olkCat = Nothing

    Set olkCats = Nothing


    Set olkSes = Nothing

    Set olkApp = Nothing

End Sub

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