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Outlook Switches

List of available switches to run Outlook with - these are great for troubleshooting Outlook.

Switch

Description

/a

Creates an item with the specified file as an attachment.

Example:

  • "c:\program files\microsoft office\office14\outlook.exe" /a "c:\my documents\labels.doc"

If no item type is specified, IPM.Note is assumed. Cannot be used with message classes that are not based on Outlook.

/altvba otmfilename

Opens the VBA program specified in otmfilename, instead of %appdata%\microsoft\outlook\vbaproject.otm.

Note    This command line switch is only available if the following Windows registry DWORD value is set to 1. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Security\EnableAltVba

/c messageclass

Creates a new item of the specified message class (Outlook forms or any other valid MAPI form).

Examples:

  • /c ipm.activity creates a Journal entry
  • /c ipm.appointment creates an appointment
  • /c ipm.contact creates a contact
  • /c ipm.note creates an e-mail message
  • /c ipm.stickynote creates a note
  • /c ipm.task creates a task

/checkclient

Prompts for the default manager of e-mail, news, and contacts.

/cleanautocompletecache

Removes all names and e-mail addresses from the Auto-Complete list.

/cleancategories

Deletes any custom category names that you have created. Restores categories to the default names.

/cleanclientrules

Starts Outlook and deletes client-based rules.

/cleanconvongoingactions

Deletes the Conversations Actions Table (CAT). CAT entries for a conversation thread usually expire 30 days after no activity. The command-line switch clears all conversation tagging, ignore, and moving rules immediately stopping any additional actions.

/cleandmrecords

Deletes the logging records saved when a manager or a delegate declines a meeting.

/cleanfinders

Resets all Search Folders in the Microsoft Exchange mailbox for only the first profile opened.

/cleanfreebusy

Clears and regenerates free/busy information. This switch can be used only when you are able to connect to the server that runs Exchange.

/cleanfromaddresses

Removes all manually added From entries from the profile.

/cleanmailtipcache

Removes all MailTips from the cache.

/cleanreminders

Clears and regenerates reminders.

/cleanroamedprefs

All previous roamed preferences are deleted and copied again from the local settings on the computer where this switch is used. This includes the roaming settings for reminders, free/busy grid, working hours, calendar publishing, and RSS rules.

/cleanrules

Starts Outlook and deletes client-based and server-based rules.

/cleanserverrules

Starts Outlook and deletes server-based rules.

/cleansharing

Removes all RSS, Internet Calendar, and SharePoint subscriptions from Account Settings, but leaves all the previously downloaded content on your computer. This is useful if you cannot delete one of these subscriptions within Outlook 2010.

/cleansniff

Overrides the programmatic lockout that determines which of your computers (when you run Outlook at the same time) processes meeting items. The lockout process helps prevent duplicate reminder messages. This switch clears the lockout on the computer it is used. This enables Outlook to process meeting items.

/cleansubscriptions

Deletes the subscription messages and properties for subscription features.

/cleanviews

Restores default views. All custom views that you created are lost.

/embedding

Used without command-line parameters for standard OLE co-create.

/f msgfilename

Opens the specified message file (.msg) or Microsoft Office saved search (.oss).

/finder

Opens the Advanced Find dialog box.

/hol holfilename

Opens the specified .hol file.

/ical icsfilename

Opens the specified .ics file.

/importNK2

Imports the contents of an .nk2 file which contains the nickname list that is used by both the automatic name checking and Auto-Complete features.

/importprf prffilename

Starts Outlook and opens/imports the defined MAPI profile (*.prf). If Outlook is already open, queues the profile to be imported on the next clean start.

/launchtraininghelp assetid

Opens a Help window with the Help topic specified in assetid displayed.

/m emailname

Provides a way for the user to add an e-mail name to the item. Only works together with the /c command-line parameter.

Example:

  • Outlook.exe /c ipm.note /m emailname

/nopreview

Starts Outlook with the Reading Pane off.

/p msgfilename

Prints the specified message (.msg).

/profile profilename

Loads the specified profile. If your profile name contains a space, enclose the profile name in quotation marks (" ").

/profiles

Opens the Choose Profile dialog box regardless of the Options setting on the Tools menu.

/promptimportprf

Same as /importprf except that a prompt appears and the user can cancel the import.

/recycle

Starts Outlook by using an existing Outlook window, if one exists.

/remigratecategories

Starts Outlook and starts the following commands on the default mailbox:

  • Upgrades colored For Follow Up flags to Outlook 2010 color categories.
  • Upgrades calendar labels to Outlook 2010 color categories.
  • Adds all categories used on non-mail items into the Master Category List

Note    This is the same command as Upgrade to Color Categories in each Outlook mailbox properties dialog box.

/resetfolders

Restores missing folders at the default delivery location.

/resetfoldernames

Resets default folder names (such as Inbox or Sent Items) to default names in the current Office user interface language.

For example, if you first connect to your mailbox in Outlook by using a Russian user interface, the Russian default folder names cannot be renamed. To change the default folder names to another language, such as Japanese or English, you can use this switch to reset the default folder names after you change the user interface language or install a different language version of Outlook.

/resetformregions

Empties the form regions cache and reloads the form region definitions from the Windows registry.

/resetnavpane

Clears and regenerates the Navigation Pane for the current profile.

/resetquicksteps

Restores the default Quick Steps. All user-created Quick Steps are deleted.

/resetsearchcriteria

Resets all Instant Search criteria so that the default set of criteria is shown in each module.

/resetsharedfolders

Removes all shared folders from the Navigation Pane.

/resettodobar

Clears and regenerates the To-Do Bar task list for the current profile. The To-Do Bar search folder is deleted and re-created.

/restore

Attempts to open the same profile and folders that were open prior to an abnormal Outlook shutdown.

/rpcdiag

Opens Outlook and displays the remote procedure call (RPC) connection status dialog box.

/safe

Starts Outlook without the Reading Pane or toolbar customizations. Both native and managed Component Object Model (COM) add-ins are turned off.

/safe:1

Starts Outlook with the Reading Pane off.

/safe:3

Both native and managed Component Object Model (COM) add-ins are turned off.

/select foldername

Starts Outlook and opens the specified folder in a new window. For example, to open Outlook and display the default calendar, use: "c:\program files\microsoft office\office14\outlook.exe" /select outlook:calendar.

/share feed://URL/filename

/share stssync://URL

/share web://URL/filename

Specifies a sharing URL to connect to Outlook. For example, use stssync://URL to connect a SharePoint list to Outlook.

/sniff

Starts Outlook, forces a detection of new meeting requests in the Inbox, and then adds them to the calendar.

/t oftfilename

Opens the specified .oft file.

/v vcffilename

Opens the specified .vcf file.

/vcal vcsfilename

Opens the specified .vcs file.

/cleanips

Clears messages are stuck in the incoming item processing pipeline


Windows Credential Manager Shell Shortcut

In a locked down environment, the Windows Credential Manager might be unavailable. You can still access is by pasting this into the run command dialogue boxL

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}

Access Denied when starting Sage

If sage won't start and says access denied, or the database has moved or changed drives

The account files are pointed to by a file stored in C:\Program Data\Sage\<Year>\company.

Open it with notepad and amend

Issues with Office 365 sign-on or credentials (Including setting up Outlook)

If you have any issues with setting up Office 365 credentials but everything server side looks OK, try running this on the client machine.

Ensure the account your signing in with has relevant permissions to perform the action you are trying to do before running:

Office 365 O365 Support and Recovery Assistant

https://diagnostics.outlook.com

Download this to the client machine and run it as local admin.

Divert a copy of NDR to a specific user/contact

NDR

 

Technet: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb400930(EXCHG.80).aspx


Running this command sets a Divert (copy) to a specified user so that we can look at the NDR email reports. If your administering an exchange externally, just create a contact for your own email address and use that.


To send a copy of internal NDRs run:

 

Set-OrganizationConfig -MicrosoftExchangeRecipientReplyRecipient JonJones


To send a copy of external NDRs run:

Set-TransportConfig -ExternalPostmasterAddress Postmaster@mydomain.com