This article was previously published under Q296192
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 Outlook Help file.
Use the following steps to determine the path to Outlook:
Click Start, point to Find, and then click Files or Folders.
In the Named box, type Outlook.exe, and then click Find Now.
Note the path to the Outlook executable for reference. For example, the following is the default path:
NOTE: The full path needs to be in quotation marks to preserve long filenames.
Command-Line switch Purpose------------------- -------/CleanFreeBusy Cleans and regenerates free/busy information./CleanReminders Cleans and regenerates reminders./CleanViews Restores default views./ResetFolders Restores missing folders for the default delivery location./ResetFolderNames Resets the language of the default folders to the language of the Outlook client./ResetOutlookBar Rebuilds the Outlook Bar./NoPreview Turns off the Preview pane at startup./CleanSchedPlus Deletes all Schedule+ data (free/busy, permissions, and .cal file) from the server./Safe Starts Outlook without extensions, preview pane, or toolbar customization./Recycle Activates an existing Outlook window./Folder Opens new window in "folder" mode (Outlook Bar and Folder List off)./Profiles Shows MAPI Profiles dialog box regardless of the options setting on the Tools menu./Profile <profilename> Loads specified profile. (If your profile contains a space, Outlook may treat it as an invalid profile name when using this switch. Work around this by wrapping the profile name in quotes.) /s <filename> Loads specified shortcuts file (.fav file)./f <msgfilename> Opens <msgfilename>./p <msgfilename> Prints <msgfilename>. Same as /f except is associated with the print verb instead of open./Embedding <msgfilename> Used to open a .msg file as an OLE embedding. Standard OLE command-line argument./c <messageclass> Creates a new item of the specified message class (Outlook forms or any other valid MAPI form)./a path:\<filename> Opens a new e-mail message with the specified file attached./importprf <path\.prf filename> Creates an Outlook profile based on the information in the specified .prf file.
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.