You cannot use the /select switch to start Outlook 2003

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When you try to use various command-line switches to start Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, you may receive the following error message:
Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. The command line argument is not valid. Verify the switch you are using.
For example, you may receive this error if you try to start Outlook 2003 by using the following command-line switch:
Outlook.exe /select outlook:calendar /recycle
This problem occurs because of a security enhancement that helps to prevent potential attackers from passing command-line arguments.
To work around this problem, do not use the /select command-line switch. For example, replace the command-line switch in the "Symptoms" section of this article with the following command-line switch:

Outlook.exe /recycle outlook:calendar

By default, any switches that are on the command line after all recognized parameters have been processed are processed as /select switches.
This behavior is expected in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

Article ID: 823923 - Last Review: 12/08/2015 03:34:45 - Revision: 1.4

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