This article describes where to find information about how to customize Outlook forms and how to create solutions in Outlook.
There are many resources available for more information about how to develop custom Outlook forms or program with Outlook.
Microsoft Outlook Visual Basic Reference Help
Primary documentation about how to create Outlook solutions is provided in the Microsoft Outlook Visual Basic Reference (Vbaol10.chm) and the Microsoft Outlook Forms Help File (Olfm10.chm), which are installed by Microsoft Office or Outlook Setup. These files contain information about forms, fields, controls, the Outlook object model, and a general overview of Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript), Visual Basic for Applications, and COM add-ins. It also summarizes all of the new developer-related features in Outlook. If you customize Outlook frequently, consider placing a shortcut to these Help files on your desktop or on the Microsoft Windows Start menu.
Microsoft Developer Network Online
Microsoft Developer Network Online (MSDN) provides a wide variety of documentation that is related to developing solution with Outlook. Because Outlook is both a Microsoft Exchange client and a part of Office, documentation is provided in both of these areas on MSDN. Primary Office documentation is provided in the top-level Office Developer Documentation folder. Primary Exchange Server information is provided in the Platform SDK folder, under Messaging and Collaboration Services. Be sure to browse other top-level folders, such as the Technical Articles and Backgrounders folders. For more information, view the following Microsoft Web site:
The MSDN Office Developer Web site provides a wide variety of information about how to build solutions that are based on Office:
The Microsoft Exchange Server Developer Center Web site provides a wide variety of information about how to build solutions on the Exchange platform:
Outlook 2002 includes VBScript version 5.1 as the scripting language for forms-based solutions. The Microsoft Scripting Web site provides frequently asked questions, sample code, language documentation, and free files to download for people who use script written in VBScript. For more information, view the following Microsoft Web site:
Microsoft Knowledge Base
Consult the Microsoft Knowledge Base for up-to-date information about issues related to creating Outlook solutions. Many how-to articles are also included in the Knowledge Base. To find articles more easily, most articles that are related to custom Outlook solutions contain the query term "OutSol2002" (without quotation marks). For more information, view the following Microsoft Web site:
Third-Party Web Sites
The following third-party Web sites provide information about how to create Outlook solutions:
: Many of these books were written for specifically for Outlook 2000 or earlier versions of Outlook. Most of the information in these books should apply to Outlook 2002. This section will be updated when new or updated books are available.Building Applications with Microsoft Outlook 2002
by Randy Byrne, Microsoft Press (ISBN 0-7356-1273-0)Microsoft Press OnlineBuilding Applications with Microsoft Outlook 98
by Microsoft Press (ISBN 57231-718-3)Microsoft Press Online
.Programming Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange, Second Edition
by Thomas Rizzo, Microsoft Press (ISBN 0-7356-1019-3)Microsoft Press OnlineTeach Yourself Outlook 2000 Programming in 24 Hours
by Sue Mosher, Sams Press (ISBN 0-672-31651-X)Developing Applications using Outlook 2000, CDO, Exchange, and Visual Basic
by Raffaele Piemonte and Scott Jamison, Addison-Wesley Pub Co. (ISBN: 0-201-61575-4)Programming Microsoft Outlook 2000
by Gordon Padwick and Ken Slovak, Sams Press (ISBN: 0-672-31549-1)Outlook 2000 VBA Programmers Reference
by Dwayne Gifford, Wrox Press (ISBN: 1-861-00253-X)Professional Outlook 2000 Programming
by Ken Slovak, Chris Burnham, and Dwayne Gifford, Wrox Press (ISBN: 1-861-00331-5)
For other books about developing messaging-related solutions, see the following SlipStick Systems Web site: NOTE
: For general information about offerings by Microsoft Press, call Microsoft Press at (800)MSPRESS, or view the following Microsoft Press Web site:
MagazinesMicrosoft Outlook & Exchange
by Advisor Media, Inc.
Microsoft Product Support Services
Microsoft provides a complete range of support options for Outlook customers. For information about how to contact Microsoft Product Support, please view the following Microsoft Web site:
For information about solution providers in your local area, contact the Microsoft Solution Provider Sales and Information line at (800)765-7768 in the US or (800)563-9048 in Canada. For information about support in other locations, contact a local Microsoft subsidiary.
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