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    Shortcut to change folders (Outlook 2003 SP2)

    Hi all

    Does anyone know if there is a command line switch for changing Outlook folders in the *current* window? I know the "select" switch will open a nominated folder in a new window, but I'm trying to do something a little different.

    Many thanks

    Neil

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    Re: Shortcut to change folders (Outlook 2003 SP2)

    Not as far as I know. But it's easy to switch within Outlook itself.

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    Re: Shortcut to change folders (Outlook 2003 SP2)

    Your question comes a surprise considering that one of the improvements in Outlook 2003 is the addition of a Favorites Folder section, which makes it easy for users to switch between frequently accessed Folders. Are you using the Navigation Pane? Press Alt-F1 to toggle it on and off. With Navigation Pane on, drag Folders you frequently need to the Favorites section in the upper panel (and remove default folders that Outlook puts there if you don't much use them).

    If this is not helpful, can you explain more about what you want to do/see?
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    Re: Shortcut to change folders (Outlook 2003 SP2)

    John hi

    Thanks for your response. There are a couple of reasons I'm looking for this:

    1. Though a long-time OL user, until a few days ago I used it for email only, relying on something called ACT for contact management. After wasting way too much time on the new version of ACT, I've decided to use OL for this kind of stuff.

    2. Unless I'm actually working with email, I usually have OL (in email view) minimised or under whatever I'm currently using. Many times a day, I'll want to access a contact record - so it would be really neat to have a shortcut in the quicklaunch toolbar that restores Outlook to the front and switches views - but without opening another window (I have enough open already!).

    I hope that makes a bit more sense - I probably should have explained it initially so I didn't look quite so underpowered!

    cheers

    Neil

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    Re: Shortcut to change folders (Outlook 2003 SP2)

    Hans

    Thanks (as always!) - I have explained the reason for my requirement in more detail in my response to John (next posting after yours).

    All the best

    Neil

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    Re: Shortcut to change folders (Outlook 2003 SP2)

    I'm afraid it'll have to be two clicks: one to activate Outlook, and another one to switch to Contacts.

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    Re: Shortcut to change folders (Outlook 2003 SP2)

    Thanks Hans - it was worth a try!

    Cheers

    Neil

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    Re: Shortcut to change folders (Outlook 2003 SP2)

    If you prefer to use the keyboard, you can use Alt+Tab to switch to Outlook, then press Ctrl+3 to activate Contacts.
    (See the Go menu for the shortcuts you can use to activate mail, calendar, tasks etc.)

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    Re: Shortcut to change folders (Outlook 2003 SP2)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by JohnBF on 29-Jun-06 11:01. )</P>I can't find a way to do it in the same window in a single click (without VBA code, which I haven't yet attempted). You already know about this:

    /select foldername
    Starts Outlook and opens the specified folder in a new window. For example, to open Outlook and display the default contact folder use:
    "c:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice11Outlook.exe" /select outlook:contacts

    If you are interested in a VBA solution Post back to this thread. Otherwise Hans has steered you right.

    Edit: This code will toggle to the Contacts Folder and turn off the Navigation Pane, and, when run again, return to the previous folder. Users will need to manually install an icon and attach the code to it.

    Option Explicit
    Dim boolNavPaneVis As Boolean
    Dim fldrLastFldrVis As MAPIFolder

    Sub SwitchToContacts()
    With Outlook.Application.ActiveExplorer
    Set fldrLastFldrVis = .CurrentFolder
    If .CurrentFolder <> Outlook.Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderContacts) Then
    Set fldrLastFldrVis = .CurrentFolder
    boolNavPaneVis = .IsPaneVisible(olNavigationPane)
    ' redirect the ActiveExplorer to the target folder
    .SelectFolder Outlook.Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderContacts)
    .ShowPane olNavigationPane, False
    ElseIf .CurrentFolder <> fldrLastFldrVis Then
    .SelectFolder fldrLastFldrVis
    .ShowPane olNavigationPane, boolNavPaneVis
    End If
    End With
    End Sub

    If Outlook is closed without toggling to the prior View, the Contact-Folder-without-Navigation-Pane View will be presented when Outlook is next opened.
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