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    Moving a toolbar button to another PC (2000)

    I need to move a toolbar button (which I created as a shortcut to "Convert HTML to Text" in the message window) from one PC to another. I know I can do this using the profile wizard, but I don't want to overwrite existing settings on the other computer. If it were just another setting, I could save part of the registry tree and pick and choose options, but I don't think this will work for a button.

    So, is there a way to do this? Is there, perhaps, an equivalent to the template Organizer from Word? (In Word I could just copy a toolbar containing the button from one NORMAL.DOT to another.)

    Thanks in advance,

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    Re: Moving a toolbar button to another PC (2000)

    I believe toolbar buttons are stored in "outcmd.dat" and VBA code is stored in "VbaProject.otm". However, if you created a button attached to a native Outlook command (using Tools Customize...), the easiest thing to do would be to add it to the new PC manually.

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    Re: Moving a toolbar button to another PC (2000)

    Except that I'd lose the button image, which I quite like. I'll see what I can do with outcmd.dat, though short of simply copying it over, I'm not sure what other options I might have.

    Thanks for the info,

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    Re: Moving a toolbar button to another PC (2000)

    The slow way would be:
    (1) Open the Customize... dialog
    (2) Right-click the button and choose Copy Button Image
    (3) Open Paint
    (4) Set Attributes to 16 x 16
    (5) Paste
    (6) Save as ButtFace.bmp (or whatever...)
    (7) Move file to other PC
    (8) Open graphic in Paint, Edit, Select all, Copy
    (9) Switch to Outlook, get into Customize...
    (10) Right-click your button and Paste

    Or maybe there's a way to do everything except (7) with two VBA procedures. Hmmm...

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    Re: Moving a toolbar button to another PC (2000)

    Not to be outdone, I found an even slower way! <img src=/S/bow.gif border=0 alt=bow width=15 height=15>

    I loaded up the icons and drew them, in colour, on some substitute graph paper. Since there were only two, it wasn't a huge task.

    Thanks for the tip, though. I reckon I might use it to back up the images in case I ever need to reinstall Outlook.

    Paulius

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    Re: Moving a toolbar button to another PC (2000)

    PStepanas: Just a question for you...did you try copying the outcmd.dat file? I found this thread on a search, and I'm trying to see if that would work for something I need to do...

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    Re: Moving a toolbar button to another PC (2000)

    FWIW on not QUITE the same topic, but I seem to remember copying over my outcmd.dat file to save me having to redefine all my views. I was SOL. This was a switch from Windows 98 to Win2k on a dual boot machine; same settings; same *.pst file. Maybe you'll have more luck with the toolbar.

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    Re: Moving a toolbar button to another PC (2000)

    it will work *if* the paths and everything remain the same.

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    Re: Moving a toolbar button to another PC (2000)

    It seemed to work. That's moving from Windows 2000 to Windows 95c (hence inevitably different paths, partly contradicting another respondent. At least, the toolbar buttons seem to be back.

    What worries me is what else I might have copied over, so I'm keeping a backup of my local outcmd.dat file.

    BTW: I'd completely forgotten about this in the mess of switching jobs -- thanks for the reminder. I was missing those buttons, but I'd also copied down the icons I drew for a manual transfer.

    Hope this helps,

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    Re: Moving a toolbar button to another PC (2000)

    Huh. I thought views were saved as part of the Exchange mailbox. Oh, wait, you're using .pst files--that would explain why we aren't seeing that behaviour. Maybe the views are saved in the outcmd.dat file for personal folder files...
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    Re: Moving a toolbar button to another PC (2000)

    Hmm. It appears to be working okay. I took the files from a 2000 machine and put them onto a 95 machine running Office2k--I just had to find the correct location on the 95 machine since the path to that file was different.

    Are you talking about installation paths (i.e., the path to the .msi/.mst files used for the install)?

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    Re: Moving a toolbar button to another PC (2000)

    no, the path to the pst - some things (rules and outlook bar shortcuts especially) are sensitive to the full path of the pst and won't work if the pst moves. For best results, i always recommend using the location for the pst on the old and new machines.

    (outlook bar shortcuts are stored in *.FAV file)

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    Re: Moving a toolbar button to another PC (2000)

    views are saved in the dafault mailbox store - either pst or exchange mailbox.

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    Re: Moving a toolbar button to another PC (2000)

    views are not stored in the outcmd file - they are stored in the pst. This is the major reason why outlook experts dont recommend using the import/export feature. It's better to just make a copy of the pst.

    not sure why you would have lost them on a dual boot otherwise - unless you used the cleanviews switch once and wiped them all out.

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    Re: Moving a toolbar button to another PC (2000)

    So then here's a question...for exchange users, where are "local" rules stored? i.e., rules that only fire when the Outlook client is open?

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