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Read Form letters in Outlook 2013 by ColinM @ 3/22/2015
Alex.  Got this to work! Yeh!  One issue with it.  The button opens a folder that has a number of Microsoft templates in it that open Word, etc, as well as the Outlook Templates I created. Is there a way to modify the VBA code so that it ONLY shows my Outlook Templates?


Reply from Alex Hedley:

I've not tested but you could do something:
Searching
Call Shell("explorer.exe ""search-ms://query=filename:t*.doc foldername:Workshop size:small""")
(file:*.doc folder:C:\Workshop)

The other option is the FileDialog which does allow a Filter to be added.
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Read Form letters in Outlook 2013 by ColinM @ 3/21/2015
Hi Alex.  Thank you!  I followed you right up to the following:

"Click the Visual Basic Button
Add the following code:"

When I click the Visual Basic Button, I get a gray screen.  Where do I go from there?

Also, one other question:  what do you mean by " Swap USER to your Username"? I didn't get to this step, because of the problem opening the Visual Basic button. What "your Username" are you referring to?


Reply from Alex Hedley:

On the left hand side there is Project Window
If not 'View | Project Explorer (Ctrl+R)'
Expand
Project1
  Microsoft Outlook Objects
   ThisOutlookSession
Double Click this to open a VBA code window on the right.

Paste the code there.
Save.

Your Username, the name you type in before your password to get into your user account on the computer. aka Login name.

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Read Form letters in Outlook 2013 by Alex Hedley @ 3/20/2015
*Note I did this in 2010 but should work the same in 2013

File | Options
Customise Ribbon
Tick Developer, OK

Select the Developer Ribbon
Custom Forms section
Choose Form
Look in: User Templates in File System

This shows the folder of C:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\*.oft

Is this the Folder you wish to open?

Click the Visual Basic Button
Add the following code:

Sub OpenFolder()

    Dim Foldername As String
    Foldername = "C:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates"
    'Foldername = "%UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\"
    
    Shell "C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe """ & Foldername & "", vbNormalFocus

End Sub

Swap USER to your Username

Now in the Quick Access Toolbar
More Commands...
Macros
Choose the Macro
Add >>
Change the Name and Icon.
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Read Form letters in Outlook 2013 by ColinM @ 3/19/2015
Alex.  I will be greatly anticipating any solution that you can find.  I am new to Outlook, so anything that I can do to make it more user friendly will be most helpful.
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Read Form letters in Outlook 2013 by ColinM @ 3/19/2015
Alex.  Thanks for your reply.  Unfortunately, signatures will not work the way I'd like.  I did some Internet searches and came across the "Custom Forms" feature in Outlook 2013, which will do what I'd like to do.  They are pretty well hidden though.

Is there a way that I can create a macro in Outlook that will allow me to get into my custom forms directory with just one click. That directory is the "User Templates in File System". Right now I have to click 4 times to get to that directoty. Maybe I could put a button on the Quick Access Toolbar or on the ribbon.

Any thoughts on this?


Reply from Alex Hedley:

Forms can be very useful, haven't used them since 2003.
I'll have to do some research but yeah you can create a macro to do most things so this should be possible.
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Read Form letters in Outlook 2013 by ColinM @ 3/17/2015
I am new to Outlook 2013 and need to know how I can create "canned" email messages that I can use to send various routine messages to people, that are time savers for me.  I have been using Eudora up until now, but am now forced to use Outlook.  In Eudora these forms are called "stationery".

I send many emails out to individuals that have messages that I have sent to other customers, yet need to be editable for personalizing, without changing the original saved message.

Ideally, they need to be readily accessible from Outlook, so that I am not having to continually repeat the typing.  

Can anyone help me with this?  Thanks in advance.


Reply from Alex Hedley:

You could use Signatures, it's probably not the best way but it'll work.

Or use the Email Seminar
You can create Templates in Access and add what you need and send the email, all in one place, easy :)
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