Two shortcuts for Microsoft Outlook


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5 Mar 2002
Right this is one for you brain boxes.

I use outlook(OFFICE) for my pop mail. I also use it for my company webmail.

I configured it so they were both on the same window, but had to set up the whole thing depending on which account it was received from and sent from. Is there a way(not the selective one at start up) that i could have 2 shortcuts on desktop one to open up my pop account and one to open my company account.
Re: Two shortcuts for M$ Outlook

As far as I know, the only way you could do that is the way you are doing it. If you want to be able to access two different accounts seperately, Outlook needs to prompt you at startup as to which profile you want to load.

The question you are asking would require two seperate installations of Outlook, and I'm not sure how well that would work, if at all. I know, for instance, with the Office 2007 beta you can install all programs side-by-side with the Exception of Outlook, as there can only be one instance/version of that on your machine
Re: Two shortcuts for M$ Outlook

Setup two different profiles.

outlook /profile profilename
Re: Two shortcuts for M$ Outlook

madmatt that is what i need. Is there a way of making a .bat file or something to put on my desktop
Re: Two shortcuts for M$ Outlook

You can make two seperate .bat files

outlook /profile [I]profilename[/I]

Do that twice, changing the profilename accordingly it should work.
Re: Two shortcuts for M$ Outlook

You don't need to create a batch file.

Create two shortcuts.

One with: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\OUTLOOK.EXE /profile profilename1

The other with: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\OUTLOOK.EXE /profile profilename2
Tried both of these solutions but can't get any to work

ok got them working. Could not get it to work creating a NEW shortcut, so i copied the original from my quick launch to desktop and then edited the command line and it worked no problem. Thanks everyone for your help.
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Re: Two shortcuts for M$ Outlook

Ok a new one for this solution.
I have a jpg picture that i would like to use a an icon in quick launch tool bar for my work email. I have tried converting it to a .ico file using online software but when i try to change to it it says containes no icons.

What type of file do i have to make it before it works.
Re: Two shortcuts for M$ Outlook

What type of photo/image editing software do you have or have access to?
Re: Two shortcuts for M$ Outlook

I have paintshop pro 8. and the usual stuff that comes with XP
Re: Two shortcuts for M$ Outlook

Look for a plug-in that allows you to save JPG, GIF, BMP as ICO. You will have to re-size the image to be 256x256, 192x192, 128x128, 64x64, etc.
Re: Two shortcuts for M$ Outlook

irfan viewer is free and can do that
Re: Two shortcuts for M$ Outlook

OK another question!
As i am running home edition on laptop, is there a way for windows to remember my password when i open outlook. ie
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\OUTLOOK.EXE" /profile company name\ password

Or can i change a reg edit to let window offer "remember password".

Also with using the two profiles it only remembers the last one used, there is a drop down menu but the other profile username isnt there.
There is no way to store the username and password in the command line syntax. This was done on purpose for security reasons.

The last username/password is not stored within the profile, therefore Outlook will only show you the last one used. There is no registry edit to change this behavior.

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