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Open Outlook calendar in its own window

By default, Outlook displays either your Inbox or the Outlook Today page when you open it. What if you'd like it to display your calendar instead? Or, perhaps you'd find it handy to open two Outlook windows, one showing your Inbox and the other your calendar.

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By default, Outlook displays either your Inbox or the Outlook Today page when you open it. What if you'd like it to display your calendar instead? Or, perhaps you'd find it handy to open two Outlook windows, one showing your Inbox and the other your calendar.

This is easy to do by using a command-line switch to run Outlook.

Outlook comes with a collection of command-line switches which determine how the program starts. The default command-line looks something like this:

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12\OUTLOOK.EXE" /recycle

The /recycle at the end of that line is a switch. The recycle switch tells Outlook to start up in an existing Outlook window if one is available. That is, if you already have a copy of Outlook open, the switch tells Outlook not to bother opening another one; to use the open one instead. If you're running Outlook 2003, the OFFICE12 in the command-line above will be replaced with OFFICE11.

To discover which command line is used to run your copy of Outlook right-click the Outlook shortcut on your desktop or in your Quick Launch bar (if you have one) and choose Properties from the pop-up menu. You'll see the command line displayed in the Target box on the Shortcut tab.

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If you'd like to be able to open the Outlook calendar in one window and the Inbox in another, create a separate Outlook shortcut using the /select outlook:calendar switch.

If you're using Office 2007 installed in the default folders, here's how to create such a shortcut from scratch:

1. Right-click in an empty spot on the desktop and choose New -> Shortcut.

2. In the Type The Location Of The Item box, type:

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE12\OUTLOOK.EXE" /select outlook:calendar

Note the quotation marks and the spaces around /select.

3. Click Next and name your shortcut something like Outlook Calendar, then click Finish.

Article posted: Monday, 14 April 2008

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