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    Flagging for folow up (Outlook 2002)

    <img src=/S/bash.gif border=0 alt=bash width=35 height=39> Ok im like beating my head against the wall.

    I need to create a special rule that will allow me to do the folowing:
    On message creation whenI flag for folow up I will get a alert as well. (I know i can do this by CC ing my self but the cranky old lady im supporting does not want to do this <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35> .) I also understand the only folders that outlook looks into for flags is the inbox, contacts, calendr, and tasks. So can a rule be created to allow this??

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    Re: Flagging for folow up (Outlook 2002)

    Welcome to the Lounge! <img src=/S/fanfare.gif border=0 alt=fanfare width=31 height=23>

    Your question is a bit unclear. Outlook always creates certain folders, called the Default folders; in a mailbox they are (I may miss one or two) Calendar, Contacts, Deleted Items, Draft, Inbox, Notes, Sent, Tasks, and Journal. About any Item except Notes and Journal records can have Flags. But Flags only trigger Reminders if the items are in the Default folders.

    Is that what you are asking about? If it is, there is no native way in Outlook to change that behavior, but Ken Slovaks' Extended Reminders will trigger Reminders in any folder if the Item can carry a Flag. The product is US$15.00 for a single license, quantity discounts available. (i have nothing to do with this product - it's the only product with this capability.)
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    Re: Flagging for folow up (Outlook 2002)

    Thanks, for the folow up.

    That tool you showed me is the right one, but in a where i work it wont be used.
    I was looking for some help using VB scripting to create a custome rule.
    Iv seen the guide lines on the microsoft website but my VB is really weak.

    But like my pa always told me why re-invent the wheel.
    I guess I could alway reverse engeneer that tool for some ideas.

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    Re: Flagging for folow up (Outlook 2002)

    The problem with writing a VB tool is that Outlook doesn't has a very open Object Model the way Word, Excel and Access do (mostly because Microsoft has heard an earful about Outlook being an easy target for email viruses). Any VB code it would need to be scanning all your folders to see if a Flag has been set that should be triggered; in my experience with the VB object model, and my brief reviews of the CDO and Redemption Objects, you won't find timers or flag hooks for all time-triggered events. So scanning the folder speriodically will be necessary, and that will result in a substantial performance hit.

    Ken Slovak's product is built as a COM object add-in, which means it is coded in C# and works much more closely with the Outlook core. I can guarantee that you'll spend much more than his $15 charge of your own time trying to emulate it.
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