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OS: Windows 7 64-bit App: Outlook 2010 32-bit Server: Exchange 2010

I'd like to modify Outlook's default startup behavior so that it shows both my Inbox and Calendar when I click my shortcut.

I use both of them all day, and know how to just right-click the calendar and select "Open in New Window." I run my inbox on one screen and my calendar on another.

I also configured my calendar to be the folder that opens by default when I start Outlook so I don't miss early appointments, but if I could somehow have BOTH open in two separate windows, that would be awesome. Is there a command-line interface or something that can accomplish this?

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This is quite easy. Just create a batch file, say Outlook.cmd (this is just a plain text file with .cmd extension instead of .txt, so you can use Notepad to edit it) on your Desktop with the following content (just copy-paste it):

@start "" "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office14\outlook.exe" /select outlook:Inbox
@start "" "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Office\Office14\outlook.exe" /select outlook:Calendar

After that run this file instead of Outlook shortcut.

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After you have right-clicked and "open in new window" you have more than one Outlook window open.

The trick is to FILE > EXIT when you leave Outlook. That way, Outlook "remembers" that you had multiple windows open and will open both the next time you start Outlook.

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This is a great workaround, but the batch file approach guarantees both windows every time, even if I forget and close them one at a time using the close button on the upper right corner of the window. Since I have been doing that habitually with every application for something like 20 years, I prefer not to try and break that habit now. This IS a great tip for people that don't want to mess with a batch file, though! –  Eric Burcham Sep 24 '12 at 13:57
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