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Determine account using Outlook region and VB.net

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I'm trying to determine the user account of a person by way of an Outlook region and vb.net.  In short, someone will be logged into Exchange using Outlook and through a Outlook region form, save information back to my SQL server.  When this info is saved, I need to identify the person saving the record and the best method in this case would be the person logged into Outlook and sending emails.  Any direction on how to begin would be appreciated.

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by:David Lee
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Hi, TheChos.

I'm not clear on what you're doing.  I'm assuming that you're talking about a custom Outlook form that's using a region to collect data.  Is that correct?  If so, then the code is running inside of Outlook, meaning you can use Outlook's own object model to find out who the user is.  

session.CurrentUser.Name

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returns the name of the current user.
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That's what I'm looking for but I need a little help regarding the session portion of your answer.  How do I declare/assign that piece?
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I'm not clear on whether your code is in Outlook or is an add-in, running outside of Outlook.  If it's the former, then Session is an existing variable in Outlook.  There's no need to declare it, just reference it.  If the code is running from an add-in, then you likely already have an object that's an instance of Outlook.  If the name of that object were objOutlook, then you'd access Session like this

objOutlook.Session.CurrentUser.Name

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Worked perfectly.  Thank you!
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You're welcome!
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