I'm posting about a problem that many people have come across and has been somewhat solved, but perhaps could be better solved with AutoIt: How to start Outlook minimized (see below for URL references)
The current way to start outlook minimized requires the following (I've verified this is the case with Outlook on Win XP):
- You must create a shortcut, and set it to open minimized.
- You must assure that "Outlook Today" does not appear on startup.
- When you close outlook, You must make sure that Outlook is not maximized, and then Close
For reference (autoit script code):
$ol_path = RegRead("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\OUTLOOK.EXE\", "PATH"); $ol_path = $ol_path & "outlook.exe"; Append the outlook executable $ol_path = $ol_path & " " & "outlook:inbox";Takes care of #2 ; Run outlook Run($ol_path, "", @SW_MINIMIZE); Takes care of #1
Where MS discusses the problem:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=251340 (it seems this applies to Outlook 2003 too)
Where the problem has been discussed on newsgroups:
Edited by krystian, 12 March 2006 - 03:00 AM.