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    Edit E-Mail Header (OE 6.0)

    Is there any way I can edit / change the subject of an OE 6.0 message that I have received? Some newsletters that I receive have mistakenly used the same Vol # / Issue # for several sequential issues and I cannot copy all of the issues involved into my backup folder because I run into a "duplicate file" problem. Thanks. Robert

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    Re: Edit E-Mail Header (OE 6.0)

    I have the same need, Robert; was able to do it when I was using Outlook XP. Submitted query to another board & never received a reply. Meanwhile, I'm resorting to forwarding the message to myself with the subject modified and filing that copy instead. Ed.

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    Re: Edit E-Mail Header (OE 6.0)

    Hi Ed,
    Thanks for the reply. I know about that "trick." However, it won't work for me -- it doesn't retain the original receipt date of the original e-mail. You see, I am working with newsletters and I have to keep them in chronological order. The only information I need to change -- and can change to suit my purpose -- is the subject.
    Robert

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    Re: Edit E-Mail Header (OE 6.0)

    I understand, Robert; I have the same requirement. A suggestion from another board was to do a Save As on the message to another directory. This had the deficiencies: (1) placed the message in eml format in a folder outside of OE, and, (2) did not alter the subject text within the message.

    However, it did have a germ of an idea that has resulted in a solution for me. I use Macro Toolworks for writing automation macros and wrote a macro to: (1) Extract the Subject text from the OE message, (2) present a dialog requesting a Revised Subject using the extracted Subject text as default, (3) construct a filename from the Revised Subject text then replace invalid characters (e.g., : < > : " etc) with underscore, (4) do Save As to a temp folder using the constructed filename, (5) invoke a text editor (I use NoteTab) , open the new eml file, replace the old Subject string with the Revised Subject string (both prefixed with "Subject: ") and close, (6) and, finally, open the modified eml file (opens as an OE message) and invoke File|MoveToFolder, OK (the target folder should default to the message's origin folder) which moves the message with revised subject text back into the original folder. I manually delete the original message instead of including that step in the macro in case of an error in the process.

    It sounds lengthy and complicated, I guess, but it actually executes in seconds after I press the assigned hot key.

    Perhaps this may be a solution for you. Let me know if you need more information. Ed.

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    Re: Edit E-Mail Header (OE 6.0)

    Hi Ed,
    Thanks for the reply. I

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    Re: Edit E-Mail Header (OE 6.0)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by eberbach on 29-Aug-02 12:38. Forgot to respond to ease of use query.)</P>Macro Toolworks is a shareware product of Pitrinec Software which you can research at www.softwareutilities.com. It's actually a bundling of several shareware automation applications, of which, Perfect Keyboard (trial download available, $20 purchase, I think) is the one that would be of most interest to you for the issue we've been discussing. I'm not associated with the vendor but have been a user for several years and have seen the products mature dramatically in terms of functionality, reliability, useabillity and documentation. I use the product extensively for a broad range of text replacement, Windows automation, and macro tasks and would really be lost without it.

    As to ease of use: Perfect Keyboard offers a visual programming faciity where the user selects desired functions from a descriptive list, is prompted for the appropriate values and parameters required by the function, after which the application generates the actual macro code.

    There are a variety of similar shareware products available (e.g, AutoMate, EZ Macros, Ground Control, Hot Keyboard, Keyboard Express, Keytext 2000, Macro Angel, Macro Express 2000, Macro Magic, Winbatch, Wincontrol 2000), and also some freeware (?) (e.g, MacroMaker, AceMacro), which you also might review. I have no actual experience with any of these except for Winbatch which I also use (but think would be more difficult for you than Perfect Keyboard).

    If you decide to try Perfect Keyboard, let me know and I'll send you my EmailSubjRename macro, or, work with you in developing one more suitable for your specific needs. I'll be glad to help; just email me at eberbach@charter.net.

    P.S. I note that you recognized my Latin tag line :-)

    Ed.

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    Re: Edit E-Mail Header (OE 6.0)

    Is it only for your own purposes you need to file in chronological order Robert? If so, I'd create a folder on the hard drive, file the messages in it, and ask the folder to view/details/Arrange by date.

    Relating to altering the subject line, I have not yet discovered a way around it (beyond the forwarding to yourself trick). And have come across a similar problem when backing up email, when the subject line has the same heading (sent back and forth), backup always asks "do you want to replace the previous message with the most recent". When I obviously want to keep all, I put them into a folder where I have control over the content. Not the brightest answer, but it works. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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