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Delete from Outlook subject line

Posted on 2013-11-06
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We are adding a time stamp to the end of all of our email messages so that we can store them in a common operating system folder.  When we respond, we don't want the time stamp in the subject line going out.  What kind of VBA can we write to look for a tag that indicates the time stamp and delete everything to the right of that tag (inclusive)?
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by:Chris Bottomley
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Can you define how the timestamp is structured ... i.e. dd mmm yyyy / yymmdd hh:mm or whatever?

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Essentially it will look like:

thisOutlookSession:

Private Sub Application_ItemSend(ByVal Item As Object, Cancel As Boolean)
    Item.Subject = StripDate(Item.Subject)
End Sub

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ANd a normal code module with a function like the following which looks for a date in the form mm-dd-yyyy - NO error checking of day/month to keep it simple for now.

Function StripDate(str As String) As String
Dim regex As Object
Dim colMatches As Object

    Set regex = CreateObject("VBscript.RegExp")
    With regex
        .IgnoreCase = True
'        .Pattern = "[0-9]{1,2} [a-z]{3,10} ([0-9]{2}|[0-9]{4}).*"
        .Pattern = "[0-9]{1,2}-[0-9]{1,2}-([0-9]{2}|[0-9]{4}).*"
    End With
    Set colMatches = regex.Execute(str)
    If colMatches.Count > 0 Then
        StripDate = Trim(regex.Replace(str, ""))
    Else
        StripDate = str
    End If

End Function

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Obviously the date / time format can be tweaked as soon as you identify your format.

Chris
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