Sending an email using Microsoft Outlook 2003 is nothing original for most of the VBA developers. It is very common and also a very good practice. I hope that most of the VBA developers are very much familiar with this one. This article is not about how to send an email from customized Microsoft Office Applications using Microsoft Outlook API, it’s about how to place / set an appointment using Microsoft Outlook 2003 API.
A large number of companies use the Microsoft Office application for their In/external office automation application. In this article, I would like to demonstrate how to set an appointment using Microsoft Outlook 2003 API.
Using the Code
Using the code is very simple. Before we start, I would like to share some objects of Microsoft Outlook 2003 API, which I used for this purpose. The objects list is given below:
More details on Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 Integration API Reference can be found at this link.
I wrote a very simple procedure for doing this. A sample code example is given below.
Sample Code Example
Public Sub myAppointment(strRecipient As String, _
strSubject As String, _
strBody As String, _
dtStartDate As Date, _
Optional intReminder As Variant, _
Optional intDuration As Variant)
On Error GoTo ErrorHandler:
Dim ObjApplication As Outlook.Application
Dim ObjNamespace As Outlook.Namespace
Dim objFolder As Outlook.MAPIFolder
Dim ObjRecipient As Outlook.strRecipient
Dim ObjApplicationt As Outlook.AppointmentItem
Dim apptDate As Date
Dim strContact As String
Set ObjApplication = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")
Set ObjNamespace = ObjApplication.GetNamespace("MAPI")
Set ObjRecipient = ObjNamespace.CreatestrRecipient(strRecipient)
Set objFolder = ObjNamespace.GetSharedDefaultFolder(ObjRecipient, olFolderCalendar)
If Not objFolder Is Nothing Then
Set ObjApplicationt = objFolder.Items.Add
If Not ObjApplicationt Is Nothing Then
.strSubject = strSubject
.strBody = strBody
.Start = dtStartDate
If Not IsNull(intReminder) Then
.ReminderSet = True
.intReminderBeforeStart = intReminder
If Not IsNull(intDuration) Then
.intDuration = intDuration
.intDuration = 10
Set ObjApplication = Nothing
Set ObjNamespace = Nothing
Set objFolder = Nothing
Set ObjRecipient = Nothing
Set ObjApplicationt = Nothing
MsgBox Err.Description, vbCritical, "Error!"
I hope that this article might be helpful to you. Enjoy!
- 26th August, 2009: Initial post.
- 5th September 2009: Use data type Variant instant of Integer type.