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You can customize Outlook forms by using Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) and ActiveX controls. This article illustrates how to add Outlook form controls and VBScript to an Outlook form. The example in this article uses the TextBox and CheckBox controls, and with VBScript programmatically populates those controls when you open the form.
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(http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;EN-US;CNTACTMS)There are 5 steps to this example.
Customizing the Form and Adding ControlsThe following steps demonstrate how to customize a message form by making a new page visible and adding a TextBox and CheckBox control on the new page:
Binding a Field to Each ControlWhile you can manipulate the appearance of a control (color, font, and such) with Advanced Properties, you must use a field to manipulate the value of a control. (Is the CheckBox selected? What text appears inside the TextBox?)
The following steps bind custom fields to each control. In this case TextBoxField is the name of the field bound to the TextBox control. CheckBoxField is the name of the field bound to the CheckBox control.
Adding VBScript to Populate the ControlsThe following steps programmatically change each control when the form opens by changing the value of the fields to which each control is bound. The value of TextBoxField changes to: "New text." The value of CheckBoxField changes to True. Therefore, the CheckBox appears selected.
Publishing the FormBecause the programming code in this example is in the Item_Open function, it executes when you open the form. You should publish the form so that you can see the results when you open a new form.
You can publish forms several ways. This example shows how to publish your form in your Inbox folder. Follow these steps to publish the form:
Using the FormYou published the form in your Inbox folder, so you must open your Inbox to use the form. Follow these steps to use the form:
For additional information about available resources and answersto commonly asked questions about Microsoft Outlook solutions, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/287530/EN-US/ )OL2002: Questions About Custom Forms and Outlook Solutions
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