How to use additional command-line switches that are not included in Outlook 2000

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For a Microsoft Outlook 98 version of this article, see 182112.
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For a Microsoft Outlook 2002 version of this article, see 296192.
WARNING: Any use by you of the command-line switches provided in this article is at your own risk. Microsoft provides these command-line switches without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose.
The Microsoft Outlook Help file contains an entry that lists command-line switches, which you can use to start Outlook in a specific mode or with a specific form.

This article lists additional command-line switches that are not included in the Help topic.
To use command-line switches, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, point to Find, and then click Files Or Folders.

    On Windows 2000 and Windows Millennium Edition (Me), click Start, point to Search, and then click For Files Or Folders.
  2. Type Outlook.exe in the Named box, and then click Find Now.

    On Windows 2000 and Windows Me, type Outlook.exe in the Search for files or folders named box, and then click Search Now.
  3. Note the path to the Outlook executable file as viewed under In Folder and write it down for reference. For example, the file may be located in the path:
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Outlook.exe
  4. On the File menu, click Close.
  5. Click Start, and then click Run.
  6. Type the whole path noted in step 3, including the file name, press SPACEBAR, and then type a forward slash mark ("/") followed by the switch.
For example, if you want to use the CleanReminders switch, the command line in the Open box should read:
"c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Outlook.exe" /cleanreminders
NOTE: The advantage of this method is that you do not have to go back and remove the command-line switch from the path of the shortcut. Additionally, the full path needs to be in quotation marks to preserve long file names.
   Command-Line switch      Purpose   -------------------      -------   /CleanFreeBusy           Cleans and regenerates free/busy information.   /Cleanfinders            Removes saved searches from the Exchange                            Server store.   /CleanReminders          Cleans and regenerates reminders.   /CleanViews              Restores default views.   /CheckClient             Prompt for default manager of e-mail,                            news, and contacts   /Recycle                 Starts Outlook using an existing Outlook                            window, if one exists.   /ResetFolders            Restores missing folders for the default                            delivery location.   /ResetOutlookBar         Rebuilds the Outlook Bar.   /Nopreview               Turns off the Preview Pane and removes the                            option from the View Menu.   /CleanSchedPlus          Deletes all Schedule+ data (free/busy,                            permissions, and .CAL file) from the server                            and allows the free/busy information from the                            Outlook Calendar to be used and viewed by all                            Schedule+ 1.0 users.   /Safe                    Launches Outlook without extensions, preview                            pane or toolbar customization.				
For more information about other command-line switches, click MicrosoftOutlook Help on the Help menu, type Control what happens when you start Outlook in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.

For additional information about using the /CleanSchedPlus command-lineswitch, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
196635 Schedule+ 1.0 users may not see Outlook free/busy times
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Article ID: 197180 - Last Review: 12/05/2015 09:57:25 - Revision: 1.0

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