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Open outlook with shared calendars

Posted on 2011-09-02
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I Want to make an automated startup of outlook (2007 or 2003), for use as infoscreen.
Requirements:
A) automated start - can be anything from schedule or startup script, but must not rely on userintervention.
B) Start in calendar mode
C) Open a number of predetermined shared calendars.

Adding other calendars is trivial, clicking "open shared calendars" and selecting the ones i want to show.

I have found 2 ways to start outlook showing calendar, rather than inbox:
1) by using command line: outlook.exe /select outlook:calendar
2) tools->Settings [other], and chose calendar in "start in this folder".

Whenever i set outlook to start in calendar, it gets alzheimers and forgets which shared calendars it had open before! This behaviour happens both in 2003 and 2007

If i open it in inbox, and manually click on calendar, everything works fine, but this is against requirement A.
Is there a way, to make it remember shared calendars, or add them thru cmd line, or a macro that switches to calendar upon start ?

a little bonus question. I want outlook to show today -everyday. My solution so far has been to make a script that taskkills outlook.exe and restart it next day, clumbsy but works. The PC goes in standby every evening and wakes up again in the morning, and then restarts outlook to change date. Can this be done smarter?

Thanks in advance.


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I beleive you are onto it with using
outlook.exe /select outlook:calendar

As far as:
"Whenever i set outlook to start in calendar, it gets alzheimers and forgets which shared calendars it had open before"

This was a known issue in Outlook, and was fixed in the latest service packs:

I would check that you have the latest Service Packs installed for both 2003 and 2007

2003 sp3
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=8

2007 sp2
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=5

If the latest service packs are already added.
If there werent too many users you wanted this to work for.
I would open their Mailbox as Normal
I would then add the shared calendar manually
Close and reopen, and make sure they were still there

The Using the command line, should still open outlook with the calendars you want

There are no Outlook Command Lines that Call or allow for a Outlook Restart
So Is say using Task Kill would do the job
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Thanks for the reply.
Sp2 was (unfortunately) allready installed . When i tried with 2003 , it was also updated to sp3.
Remaining updates from windowsupdate has also been applied without luck.

The aim is to have 10 users calendars open, but the problem remains with just 1 extra calendar open.
I have tried to use "open additional mailboxes" in account menu/advanced, but same result as if i just use "open shared calendar" within outlook.

Ill stick to the taskkill -once i get the main job problem solved..

Any other ideas?
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My problem was solved using trickery:
I made a batchscript that does:
Start outlook in inbox, so it remembers to open (but not display) other shared calendars.
Wait a few secs to make sure outlook was open.
Then i used a mouseclick util to click on the screen , on the "calendar" button.

Its no real solution to other people having my original problem, but it solved my actual problem.
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Good Deal, Glad you got it sorted
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I couldnt find a solutino to the real problem, but this was a workaround.
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