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Open a new or blank Outlook email window without first activating Outlook itself_Part 2

Note:  this is a follow-up question to a previous thread posted here.


Is there a way to open a new or blank Outlook (2013) email window without having to first activate Outlook itself?

I use MS Office 2013 a great deal and usually have 4-5 Office apps (along with several other non-Office apps) running all the time. I also generally have more than one Outlook window open (inbox, contacts, calendar, & emails, etc.) As a result, my main Outlook application window (from whence I typically open new emails) is commonly obscured by Windows of more recently-active apps. Consequently, opening a window to compose a new email can require up to four steps:

      1) hover over the Outlook icon on the taskbar
      2) click the main Outlook thumbnail to activate it
      3) click the Home menu in the ribbon
      4) click the New E-mail button

Alternatively, if one has the "New Email" shortcut icon on their Outlook Quick Access Toolbar (QAT), then the steps would be as follows:

      1) hover over the Outlook icon on the taskbar
      2) click the main Outlook thumbnail to activate it
      3) click the New E-mail button on the QAT

Does Outlook come with some type of hotkey or other means to directly trigger the opening of a new email screen from without?

If not, is there another method which could be utilized to do the same thing?

5 Solutions
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
right click on the outlook icon on the taskbar, select new email message

Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVPCommented:
ve3ofa gave you the same answer that he also gave as the accepted answer to your previous (part 1)  question.  Are you looking for something else?
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
@TheHiTechCoach  I just noticed that this is pretty much a duplicate question..
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1) On your desktop, right click and select "New --> Shortcut"
2) In the "Type the location of the item:" box, enter "mailto:" (without quotes)
3) In the "Type a name for this shortcut:", enter any name you like (e.g. New Email)
4) Now right click on the new shortcut on your desktop and select properties
5) On the "Web Document" tab, there will be a field called "Shortcut key". Click inside the field and press the desired shortcut (something like Ctrl + Alt + E) and then hit "OK"

Note: you need to make sure you don't delete this shortcut as it won't work if you do. If you don't want the shortcut on your desktop, follow the same instructions but inside the desired folder, moving the shortcut will break it.
Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVPCommented:
The key is pinning Outlook to the Start menu or Task bar in Windows 7.  You can the use the jump list to create a new email even if Outlook has nto been previously opened.  Will that not work for you?
Steve_BradyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the responses. You are correct, this is essentially a duplicate thread which was inadvertently posted. Therefore, I have distributed points evenly. Sorry for the confusion.
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