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ctrl alt M hotkey to macro no longer works in Outlook 2010

In Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007 I could add a complicated macro to the toolbar and preface the name with an ampersand.  For instance &Menu.  

The macro could be invoked with alt M (in 2003) or control alt M (in 2007).

In outlook 2010 the & no longer works.

I have spent an hour googling for a replacement with no luck.  Onkey is still not supported, and quicksteps does not allow macros to be added,  I don't want to install a product like AutoHotkey.  Am I really out of luck?

rberke
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Exchange_GeekCommented:
Which version of OL2010 you are at?

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aikimarkCommented:
I would look at keyboard mapping.  See if Alt+m has been assigned to some command.

I think your work-around will be to explicitly map the macro to a keyboard combination or a button click.  If the button has a caption with the macro name, then the & prefix will enable the accelerator.
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rberkeAuthor Commented:
Exchange.geek We use home and business.

aikimark:  It sounds like you are proposing something like AutoHotKey which is more trouble than I want.

I am only willing to spend 30 minutes implementing this minor function.  Can you give me some more details of the keyboard map solution you are proposing.
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aikimarkCommented:
try adding a button to a toolbar and assigning your macro to it and prefix the button caption with the ampersand character.
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rberkeAuthor Commented:
aikmark, perhaps my first post did not make it clear.  That only works in Outlook 2007 and earlier.  It does not work in 2010.  

For outlook 2007 and 2003 the visual display is "Menu" and clicking the button works.
In 2010, the visual display is "&Menu" and the button does not work.

If you have 2010 available you can confirm it yourself.
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aikimarkCommented:
I do not have Outlook2010.  If you change the letter following the ampersand to some other letter, you may find it works.  I suspect that there is an Alt+m accelerator key combination now in use by Outlook2010.
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QlemoC++ DeveloperCommented:
How do you "add to a toolbar" in O2010? There is the Quick Access Bar, but that one does not allow for ampersands in the displayed name (they are removed).
I, too, cannot see any means to add a shortkey to macros or buttons. IMHO the only way is to integrate buttons in the QAB, and then use the automatically assigned number which is displayed after pressing (and releasing) ALT.
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rberkeAuthor Commented:
Qlemo,  "add to the tool bar" should have been "add to the ribbon".  It is very easy to add a macro to the ribbon using the wizard.  First you add a new group, then you add the macro under the group.

Also, I was hoping to use letters because they are more meaningful. But, I may have to stick to the numbers that QAB provide.

aikimark:  I have tried putting the & in front of several different letter. M, Q, W both upper and lower.  None of them work.
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QlemoC++ DeveloperCommented:
Ok, you add them to the Ribbon. Sadly, there is no way to assign a keyboard shortcut by any means - it works for all other Office applications, but not Outlook. (The ampersand thingy does not work anywhere, however.)
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rberkeAuthor Commented:
There IS a hotkey sequence:

I added one macros to the ribbon home tab, to the right of the send receive group.
Outlook automatically assigned the Alt H Y hotkey which is not too bad,

I then added a second macro to the same group.  Now Outlook now has these sequences which are not too good:
alt H Z1 Y1  for macro 1
alt h z1 y2  for macro 2


Unfortunately, the only way to control of the letter assigned is by altering the position of the groups and macros.  So, I cannot pick an easily remembered hot key (like alt shift P for my own special print macro.)
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QlemoC++ DeveloperCommented:
I did not want to "recommend" that "auto-hotkey" feature, for obvious reasons ...
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aikimarkCommented:
Is there a keyboard customization feature or has that been removed as well?
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QlemoC++ DeveloperCommented:
You can't customize the keyboard, as you could with Word etc. Outlook does not have that feature.
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rberkeAuthor Commented:
the experts posts were good tries, but they did not work.They get points for effort.  My alt H Y "solution" is not ideal, but it is better than nothing so I am awarding it as the best solution.  

I am quite disappointed that Outlook removed the & ampersand feature, but that's the way the cookie crumbles.
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