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Old November 20th 08, 11:59 AM posted to microsoft.public.outlook.program_vba
Sawdust
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Default How can I force New Message cursor to start in bcc field

I'm researching something for a friend that frequntly emails using numerous
distribution lists.
Desire is to have ALL emails he sends to DLs be bcc for privacy.
Intuitive nature of program places cursor in To field, and he's accidently
sent some with names in the clear.

Is there an easy way to force the cursor into the bcc field, initially
ignoring the other fields?

I can see a few ways to start the approach such as:
- setting up a second identity and accessing it using a shortcut
---- using a custom template applying only to that shortcut
---- invoking a set of rules applying only to that shortcut
---- identifying distribution lists and allowing them to only go to the bcc
field

And after that, I'm stuck.

He would rather have to click back to the To field if needed when both bcc
and To are to be used than accidently not put the DL in bcc.

Many years ago I would have used Macro Recorder (W3.1?) and had it follow
the mouse clicks. Now I'm out of my league.

Suggestions anyone? Please be kind.

A script or details would really be appreciated. Sorry, no version details
available.
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Old November 20th 08, 03:26 PM posted to microsoft.public.outlook.program_vba
Ken Slovak - [MVP - Outlook]
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Default How can I force New Message cursor to start in bcc field

There is no macro recorder for Outlook, you have to write VBA code from
scratch.

There's also no way to set up what you want without a custom form unless you
use SendKeys
and send tab characters to the open item when it first gets activated, a
total hack that's never guaranteed to work correctly.

You could use a custom form that places the Bcc field above the To and Cc
fields and set the tab index for the Bcc field to 0 so it's the first field
that gets focus. To do that you'd need to move down the existing To and Cc
fields and use the Field Chooser with all mail fields set to drag the Bcc
field to the form. Then set the tab indexes of the Bcc and other fields so
Bcc is first. Then publish the form and let the user select that form when
desired.

--
Ken Slovak
[MVP - Outlook]
http://www.slovaktech.com
Author: Professional Programming Outlook 2007.
Reminder Manager, Extended Reminders, Attachment Options.
http://www.slovaktech.com/products.htm


"Sawdust" wrote in message
...
I'm researching something for a friend that frequntly emails using
numerous
distribution lists.
Desire is to have ALL emails he sends to DLs be bcc for privacy.
Intuitive nature of program places cursor in To field, and he's accidently
sent some with names in the clear.

Is there an easy way to force the cursor into the bcc field, initially
ignoring the other fields?

I can see a few ways to start the approach such as:
- setting up a second identity and accessing it using a shortcut
---- using a custom template applying only to that shortcut
---- invoking a set of rules applying only to that shortcut
---- identifying distribution lists and allowing them to only go to the
bcc
field

And after that, I'm stuck.

He would rather have to click back to the To field if needed when both bcc
and To are to be used than accidently not put the DL in bcc.

Many years ago I would have used Macro Recorder (W3.1?) and had it follow
the mouse clicks. Now I'm out of my league.

Suggestions anyone? Please be kind.

A script or details would really be appreciated. Sorry, no version
details
available.


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Old November 20th 08, 03:43 PM posted to microsoft.public.outlook.program_vba
Sawdust
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Default How can I force New Message cursor to start in bcc field

Thank you.
The Custom Form route appears to be the way to go.
I'll let him trake it from there.


"Ken Slovak - [MVP - Outlook]" wrote:

There is no macro recorder for Outlook, you have to write VBA code from
scratch.

There's also no way to set up what you want without a custom form unless you
use SendKeys
and send tab characters to the open item when it first gets activated, a
total hack that's never guaranteed to work correctly.

You could use a custom form that places the Bcc field above the To and Cc
fields and set the tab index for the Bcc field to 0 so it's the first field
that gets focus. To do that you'd need to move down the existing To and Cc
fields and use the Field Chooser with all mail fields set to drag the Bcc
field to the form. Then set the tab indexes of the Bcc and other fields so
Bcc is first. Then publish the form and let the user select that form when
desired.

--
Ken Slovak
[MVP - Outlook]
http://www.slovaktech.com
Author: Professional Programming Outlook 2007.
Reminder Manager, Extended Reminders, Attachment Options.
http://www.slovaktech.com/products.htm


"Sawdust" wrote in message
...
I'm researching something for a friend that frequntly emails using
numerous
distribution lists.
Desire is to have ALL emails he sends to DLs be bcc for privacy.
Intuitive nature of program places cursor in To field, and he's accidently
sent some with names in the clear.

Is there an easy way to force the cursor into the bcc field, initially
ignoring the other fields?

I can see a few ways to start the approach such as:
- setting up a second identity and accessing it using a shortcut
---- using a custom template applying only to that shortcut
---- invoking a set of rules applying only to that shortcut
---- identifying distribution lists and allowing them to only go to the
bcc
field

And after that, I'm stuck.

He would rather have to click back to the To field if needed when both bcc
and To are to be used than accidently not put the DL in bcc.

Many years ago I would have used Macro Recorder (W3.1?) and had it follow
the mouse clicks. Now I'm out of my league.

Suggestions anyone? Please be kind.

A script or details would really be appreciated. Sorry, no version
details
available.



 




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