Explorer.Selection Property (Outlook)
Published: July 16, 2012
Returns a Selection object that contains the item or items that are selected in the explorer window. Read-only.
The location of a selection in the explorer can be in the view list, the appointment list or task list in the To-Do Bar, or the daily tasks list in a calendar view. For more information, see the Location property.
The Selection property does not include any conversation header objects. Call the Selection.GetSelection method, providing olConversationHeaders as the argument, to obtain conversation header objects that are selected in the explorer.
If the current folder displays a folder home page, this property returns an empty collection. Also, if a group header such as Today, or a conversation group header is selected, the Count property on the returned Selection object is zero.
The following Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) example displays the sender of each selected item in the active explorer. It uses the Count property and the Item method of the Selection object that is returned by the Explorer.Selection property to display the senders of all messages that are selected in the active explorer.
Sub GetSelectedItems() Dim myOlExp As Outlook.Explorer Dim myOlSel As Outlook.Selection Dim mySender As Outlook.AddressEntry Dim oMail As Outlook.MailItem Dim oAppt As Outlook.AppointmentItem Dim oPA As Outlook.PropertyAccessor Dim strSenderID As String Const PR_SENT_REPRESENTING_ENTRYID As String = _ "http://schemas.microsoft.com/mapi/proptag/0x00410102" Dim MsgTxt As String Dim x As Long MsgTxt = "Senders of selected items:" Set myOlExp = Application.ActiveExplorer Set myOlSel = myOlExp.Selection For x = 1 To myOlSel.Count If myOlSel.Item(x).Class = OlObjectClass.olMail Then ' For mail item, use the SenderName property. Set oMail = myOlSel.Item(x) MsgTxt = MsgTxt & oMail.SenderName & ";" ElseIf myOlSel.Item(x).Class = OlObjectClass.olAppointment Then ' For appointment item, use the Organizser property. Set oAppt = myOlSel.Item(x) MsgTxt = MsgTxt & oAppt.Organizer & ";" Else ' For other items, use the property accessor to get the sender ID, ' then get the address entry to display the sender name. Set oPA = myOlSel.Item(x).PropertyAccessor strSenderID = oPA.GetProperty(PR_SENT_REPRESENTING_ENTRYID) Set mySender = Application.Session.GetAddressEntryFromID(strSenderID) MsgTxt = MsgTxt & mySender.Name & ";" End If Next x Debug.Print MsgTxt End Sub