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I am trying to find out how to start Outlook 2010 minimized to the system tray. There was a .VBS script that someone provided on a different question regarding the same subject. The problem with said script for me was the way that it opened at startup left it lingering maximized on the desktop for 5-8 seconds before it minimized to the tray. What I was looking for was for Outlook to open straight to the tray without having MS Outlook 2010 open maximized to the desktop. Outlook 2010 has a splash screen that opens while the program is loading plug-ins and such and then the program should go straight to the tray minimized, not opening at all. Outlook 2007 did that without a problem at all.

I never see why Microsoft seems to go backwards in their office development. At least with Outlook they did. Most people prefer their app to be minimized to the tray instead of the Taskbar and no matter how many things you try to change you cannot minimize Outlook 2010 to the system tray at startup without some sort of script. Hopefuly someone in the know can give me some help.

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Can you link to the other question where you got the VBS script from? If you right-click the tray icon and select "Hide when minimized", then you can use a script to run Outlook on startup and and then simulate manually minimizing it so it goes to the tray. At best perhaps the script can be modified so Outlook starts minimized to the Taskbar, and then is minimized to the tray. This way it won't start up maximized at least, but IMO that's the best one can do. –  Karan May 1 '13 at 23:53
    
The script has a couple of sleep(100) lines. You can try commenting those out and see if it still works with less of a delay. Otherwise as far as I can see the script can't be sped up further. Maybe someone else can suggest something though. –  Karan May 2 '13 at 15:36
    
I'm taking it that you found the .vbs script on the other page? I wouldn't know which lines to take out. I did try changing one from Maximized to minimized and ended up with an error. If I could contact the script writer, but when I tried to comment on the page I was told that my post was deleted even though it is still there I suppose I was supposed to "ask a question" and not comment on an answer. House rules , right? Do you know script? Maybe you can tell me which ones I should try and delete to make it Min. to the tray. –  Randyboy99 May 2 '13 at 15:47
    
Yeah, as you can see I edited your question above to link to the answer with the script. Since this is a Q&A site and not a forum, you can't post an "answer" if you simply seek clarification about something. Once you contribute and have the necessary rep (see the Privileges page for details), you'll be able to comment on any question or answer. Coming back to the script, see my comment above. Like I said, there are two sleep(100) lines in the script you can try commenting out/deleting. If that doesn't help I'm all out of ideas. –  Karan May 2 '13 at 15:56
    
I don't understand what you are trying to tell me. sleep(100) are right next to each other on the very same line. Wscript.sleep(100) are the only things on the one line. As you can see those2 things you mentioned are on the same line. I need to know exactly which lines you think I need to delete if that is ok. –  Randyboy99 May 2 '13 at 16:43

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I made a simple script using AutoHotKey. Outlook Must First Be Configured To Hide When Minimise, to do this right click on the tray icon and select Hide When Mimized.

If You Don't Know AutoHotKey Try This Compiled And Edited Version To Test. http://www.mediafire.com/download/m08a1lhmkzgq866/Minimise_Outlook.exe


Otherwise In AHK, Just Enter your email where it says (My Email) and change it to your directory.

Run, "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\OUTLOOK.EXE"
winWait, Inbox - (My Email) - Microsoft Outlook
winMinimize
exitapp
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