How do I create a desktop shortcut for Outlook 2007 contacts?

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I just read How to create desktop shortcuts for Microsoft Outlook 2003 subfolders. The method given for creating and displaying a shortcut to Outlook 2003 contacts on the desktop works great. How do you do this for Microsoft Outlook 2007?

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You can create a shortcut to open contacts by:

Create a new shortcut and enter for the location of the item:

<path>\outlook.exe /select outlook:contacts

If your path to Outlook 2007 is the default, your location would be:

“C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\OUTLOOK.EXE” /select outlook:contacts

Please do not forget to use quotes if there are any spaces in your path.

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  • Brijesh
    Hi,

    1. Create a new Outlook shortcut:
      • Windows XP 
        Right click on the Outlook shortcut and choose: 
        Send To-> Desktop (create shortcut)
      • Windows Vista and Windows 7 
        Type outlook.exe in the Search field of the Start Menu. Right click on it and choose; Send To-> Desktop (create shortcut)
      • Windows 8
        Creating an Outlook Desktop shortcut is sadly a bit more cumbersome. For instructions see: Creating an Outlook Desktop shortcut in Windows 8
    2. Right-click the shortcut you just created, and from the shortcut menu click Properties.
    3. On the Shortcut tab, locate the Target box. It contains the path for Outlook.exe.
    4. Press the SPACEBAR once to type a space after the path, and then type; 
      /select outlook:calendar
      • For Outlook 2007 on a 32-bit version of Windows, the full command should now look like this; 
        "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\Outlook.exe" /select outlook:calendar
    5. Click OK.
    6. On the desktop, double-click the Outlook shortcut you created
                Creating a custom shortcut with the command line to start Outlook in the Calendar folder. (click on the image to enlarge)

    How to specify a folder

    Specifying a folder quite easy, but there are a couple of things to note:

    • If the folder is in the main mailbox, simply type the name. 
      Example: /select outlook:calendar
    • If the folder contains spaces, contain it in quotes. 
      Example: /select "outlook:Sent Items"
    • If the folder is a subfolder, separate by a forward slash (/). 
      Example: /select outlook:Inbox/Newsletters
    • If the folder is in a different mailbox, you’ll need to precede the folder name with 2 forward slashes and specify the name of that mailbox as shown in the Navigation Pane. 
      Example: /select outlook://Archive/Inbox

    If you’d want to create a Desktop shortcut to your corporate Public Folders, you can combine the above set of rules in the following way;

    • Outlook 2007 and previous 
      /select "outlook://Public Folders/All Public Folders"
    Note : If you do not want to open the folder in new Outlook window, you can add the /recycle switch as well. The example would then become; 
    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\Outlook.exe" /select outlook:calendar /recycle

    Hope this helps.

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