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Special Edition Using® Microsoft® Office Outlook® 2003 by Robert Cordingley, Charlie Russel

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Introduction to Custom Forms

A form is basically an Outlook item. The item is customized through the use of various controls such as text boxes, labels, image controls, and combo boxes. All custom forms in Outlook are based on some existing Outlook item type. There are eight basic item types in Outlook:

  • Appointment

  • Contact

  • Journal Entry

  • Meeting Request

  • Message

  • Post

  • Task

  • Task Request

Each of these items can be customized to meet your needs. The first step in designing a custom form is to pick your base item type. Choose the item type that most closely meets your needs without customization. You can take advantage of the item type's built-in controls, properties, and methods. This can save you time when you're designing your custom form.

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