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Many times I want to send a message to someone and Outlook is not the program I am in. So I have to click on Outlook, launch a new message, send it, then click to return to the program I was in when this all started. Is there a way to bypass some of those clicks?


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You want to try the command line param /c ipm.note in a shortcut.

Please note that for me testing this with Outlook closed it seems to leave the message in my Outbox and not send it immediately.


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Fantastic! Thanks so much. +1 plus accept. As to not sending until open, I have Outlook open at the time. – Xavierjazz Aug 18 '10 at 17:27

Right-click on the desktop and select New / Shortcut. In the location, type:

Let me break it down for you:

Primary Recipient Address(es)

'?' Introduces Parameters

The Subject (note: spaces entered as '%20')


Recipient(s) to receive 'carbon copies'

Recipient(s) to receive 'blind carbon copies'

You can specify multiple recipients for any of mailto:, Cc, or Bcc by separating them with semi-colons (';'). Everything after the primary recipient's address is optional. Any or all may be omitted. Also, each parameter and values must be separated by an ampersand ('&').

Finally, after entering your entire 'mailto' string in the address box, click 'Next' and name the shortcut anything you like. Finally, click 'Finish.'

When you double-click the shortcut, Windows will open a new message in your default mail client and fill the appropriate fields.

If your shortcut contains only 'mailto:' with no other information, Windows will open a new message with none of the fields filled. Also, you can do the same thing by clicking Start / Run (or Windows-key + 'R') and entering the 'mailto:' in the Run box.

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