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Application Object


Represents the entire Microsoft Outlook application. This is the only object in the hierarchy that can be returned by using the CreateObject method or the intrinsic Visual Basic GetObject function.

The Outlook Application object has several purposes:

  • As the root object, it allows access to other objects in the Outlook hierarchy.
  • It allows direct access to a new item created by using CreateItem , without having to traverse the object hierarchy.
  • It allows access to the active interface objects (the explorer and the inspector).

Using the Application Object

When you use Automation to control Microsoft Outlook from another application, you use the CreateObject method to create an Outlook Application object.

The following Visual Basic for Application example starts Microsoft Outlook (if it's not already running) and opens the default Inbox folder.

Set myOlApp = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")
Set myNameSpace = myOlApp.GetNameSpace("MAPI")
Set myFolder= _

The following Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) example uses the Application object to create and open a new contact.

Set myOlApp = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")
Set myItem = myOlApp.CreateItem(olContactItem)

Properties | AnswerWizard Property | Application Property | Assistant Property | Class Property | COMAddIns Property | Explorers Property | Inspectors Property | LanguageSettings Property | Name Property | Parent Property | ProductCode Property | Reminders Property | Session Property | Version Property

Methods | ActiveExplorer Method | ActiveInspector Method | ActiveWindow Method | AdvancedSearch Method | CopyFile Method | CreateItem Method | CreateItemFromTemplate Method | CreateObject Method | GetNameSpace Method | IsSearchSynchronous Method | Quit Method

Events | AdvancedSearchComplete Event | AdvancedSearchStopped Event | ItemSend Event | MapiLogonComplete Event | NewMail Event | NewMailEx Event | OptionsPagesAdd Event | Quit Event | Reminder Event | Startup Event

Parent Objects

Child Objects