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How to: Programmatically Determine the Current Outlook Item

This example uses the Explorer.SelectionChange event to display the name of the current folder and some information about the selected item. The code then displays the selected item.

Applies to: The information in this topic applies to application-level projects for Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010. For more information, see Features Available by Office Application and Project Type.

        Outlook.Explorer currentExplorer = null;

        private void ThisAddIn_Startup
            (object sender, System.EventArgs e)
        {
            currentExplorer = this.Application.ActiveExplorer();
            currentExplorer.SelectionChange += new Outlook
                .ExplorerEvents_10_SelectionChangeEventHandler
                (CurrentExplorer_Event);
        }

        private void CurrentExplorer_Event()
        {
            Outlook.MAPIFolder selectedFolder =
                this.Application.ActiveExplorer().CurrentFolder;
            String expMessage = "Your current folder is "
                + selectedFolder.Name + ".\n";
            String itemMessage = "Item is unknown.";
            try
            {
                if (this.Application.ActiveExplorer().Selection.Count > 0)
                {
                    Object selObject = this.Application.ActiveExplorer().Selection[1];
                    if (selObject is Outlook.MailItem)
                    {
                        Outlook.MailItem mailItem =
                            (selObject as Outlook.MailItem);
                        itemMessage = "The item is an e-mail message." +
                            " The subject is " + mailItem.Subject + ".";
                        mailItem.Display(false);
                    }
                    else if (selObject is Outlook.ContactItem)
                    {
                        Outlook.ContactItem contactItem =
                            (selObject as Outlook.ContactItem);
                        itemMessage = "The item is a contact." +
                            " The full name is " + contactItem.Subject + ".";
                        contactItem.Display(false);
                    }
                    else if (selObject is Outlook.AppointmentItem)
                    {
                        Outlook.AppointmentItem apptItem =
                            (selObject as Outlook.AppointmentItem);
                        itemMessage = "The item is an appointment." +
                            " The subject is " + apptItem.Subject + ".";
                    }
                    else if (selObject is Outlook.TaskItem)
                    {
                        Outlook.TaskItem taskItem =
                            (selObject as Outlook.TaskItem);
                        itemMessage = "The item is a task. The body is "
                            + taskItem.Body + ".";
                    }
                    else if (selObject is Outlook.MeetingItem)
                    {
                        Outlook.MeetingItem meetingItem =
                            (selObject as Outlook.MeetingItem);
                        itemMessage = "The item is a meeting item. " +
                             "The subject is " + meetingItem.Subject + ".";
                    }
                }
                expMessage = expMessage + itemMessage;
            }
            catch (Exception ex)
            {
                expMessage = ex.Message;
            }
            MessageBox.Show(expMessage);
        }

This example requires:

  • Appointment, contact, and e-mail items in Microsoft Office Outlook.

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