Application.CreateItem method (Outlook)

Creates and returns a new Microsoft Outlook item.


expression. CreateItem( _ItemType_ )

expression A variable that represents an Application object.


Name Required/Optional Data type Description
ItemType Required OlItemType The Outlook item type for the new item.

Return value

An Object value that represents the new Outlook item.


The CreateItem method can only create default Outlook items. To create new items using a custom form, use the Add method on the Items collection.


The following Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) example creates a new MailItem object and sets the BodyFormat property to olFormatHTML. The Body text of the email item will now appear in HTML format.

Sub CreateHTMLMail() 
 'Creates a new email item and modifies its properties 
 Dim objMail As Outlook.MailItem 
 'Create email item 
 Set objMail = Application.CreateItem(olMailItem) 
 With objMail 
 'Set body format to HTML 
 .BodyFormat = olFormatHTML 
 .HTMLBody = "<HTML><H2>The body of this message will appear in HTML.</H2><BODY> Please enter the message text here. </BODY></HTML>" 
 End With 
End Sub

See also

Application Object

How to: Import Appointment XML Data into Outlook Appointment Objects

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