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    Outlook View Control/Digidash (2000/2002)

    This is to expand on a post by me to JohnBF re saving time used with Outlook in an unrelated thread.

    I have heavily customised the digidashlive site's use of the Outlook View Control as an Active Desktop. (<big>The relevant security warnings apply.</big>) As a result, I open OL itself very seldom - as most of the OL mail folders I require (plus Contacts & Calendar) are already open on the desktop.

    The setup does require a minor amount of personal reconfiguring of your Outlook setup (e.g. it won't display second level folders), but I have found it has saved me oceans of time. There are also some hints available on the digidash site - see the link. (You can open up Outlook itself at the same time without any issues.) There's also the saving in screen real estate. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    The control does keep OL running all the time in the background, but it uses somewhat less RAM than having the full interface open. In principle, you are running Outlook, so the amount of email traffic you have should be no greater issue here than it is in Outlook generally.

    For Outlook 2002, the Outlook View Control is automatically installed. For Outlook 2000, there are two main ways to install the Outlook View Control - which are roughly equivalent. Opening an HTML page with the Control in IE (haven't checked other browsers) will trigger an attempt to install the Control. (Clicking on this other link at digidashlive or uploading the attachment are examples.) What they in fact do is download it from here at Microsoft.

    There was some kerfuffle about this Control early on with Georgi Guninski, which was covered by Woody. Patches have since been issued and, for some time, the Control was withdrawn by Microsoft. The Control does make the selected Outlook folders from your own Personal Folders visible in your browser - when you are viewing such a page. (Time for thought.)

    Naturally, both a high screen resolution - such as 1600 x 1200 (or 1400 x 1050) - and a compact font are recommended to maximise use. For a font, I use Amerigo BT; although changing fonts in Outlook views is an incredible chore (and AFAIK cannot be migrated to a new Outlook installation).

    I am posting a slightly amended version of my own desktop.<UL><LI> The top left hand corner is blank as I normally have the Excel Web Control (the Office Web Spreadsheet Component) there - which requires licensed Office 2000 Standard or higher to run. This makes a very useful scribble pad. You can find the code etc by downloading from here.<LI>You will find most of the Outlook mail folders will show up as being your Inbox. This is the default if the named folder happens not to exist. Change to something meaningful where relevant. <LI>You will probably wish to change the background photo. It is not what I use.<LI>The code is such that it would seem that you can access folders outside of your default Personal Folders file. With Outlook 2000, I have not been able to enable this. I do not know what is possible here with Outlook 2002.<LI>If you wish to tinker with the choice of folder types, refer to the Outlook VBA Object Model.<LI>If you wish to tinker with the layout of the folders themselves, any cobwebs from designing HTML tables will need to be dusted off.<LI>There are tips at the first digidash link about day to day use. Most of what you need can be accomplished through use of the Outlook default (non-customisable) right-click menus. Additionally, a shortcut command line/batch utility that opens the Outlook Advanced Find function from the Start Menu can be quite useful.[/list]If you don't archive regularly, this may not suit your needs. HTH
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    Re: Outlook View Control/Digidash (2000/2002)

    <hr>selected Outlook folders from your own Personal Folders visible in your browser - when you are viewing such a page. <hr>

    To clarify, the folders are only available to *you*, not to other people who are using the control or the site. If you load the page from digdashlive, only you can see your mail.

    We demo'd the page from work one time and someone (whose position in the company shall remain unstated) said 'how'd they do that?' and apparently thought digidashlive had copies of his mail. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> Answering that question without laughing or making a 'are you serious' kind of face was difficult.

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