Creating An Outlook Item Shortcut

Microsoft OutlookEarlier this month I did a post on command line parameters to create an Outlook item (such as an email or appointment). In that post I mentioned it was easy to create a shortcut for them, but realised afterwards, that it might be beneficial to cover creating the shortcut.

To create a shortcut, right click on the Windows desktop, and click on New » Shortcut:

Windows right-clickcontext menu

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Custom Shortcuts in Run Window

WindowsWindows allows you to use commands as shortcuts in the Run prompt (such as calc to launch calculator). I typically use a lot of shortcuts to launch apps or open files I use a lot, but don;t want to drop a lot of shortcuts in any of the standard folders from which Windows allows shortcuts to be used.

Fortunately, you can add additional folders to use for shortcuts. To add a new folder, open the System window (Win+Pause|Break) and click on Advacned system settings< :

System window

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Shortcut Command Line Parameters For Outlook Email, Appointments, etc.

Microsoft OutlookI’m currently setting up a new laptop and re-creating all of the shortcuts I am used to having, which includes shortcuts not only for Outlook itself, but also for the types of items. For example, I want to use the Run window and type EMAIL and have a new email window open.

Creating the shortcuts is straight forward, but you need to know the command line parameters:

Appointment:
   /c ipm.appointment

Contact:
   /c ipm.contact

Email:
   /c ipm.note

Note:
   /c ipm.stickynote

Task:
   /c ipm.task

I wish the email one was email instead of note as I never remember it on first attempt.