Outlook Express

The Outlook Express component provides online Help for Outlook Express e-mail and newsreading users. Outlook Express is used to view and manage Internet e-mail protocols, such as POP3 and IMAP, and Microsoft proprietary accounts, such as Hotmail, MSN, and http://. This component also provides newsgroup reading using Usenet. Outlook Express also includes the Windows Address Book.

This component also provides Help for the Windows Messenger instant messaging component, which is accessible from within Outlook Express. Windows Messenger utilizes Web-based pane Help. Neither Windows Messenger nor the pane Help is a part of the Outlook Express package.

The Help consists of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) Help topics and context-sensitive Help accessed through dialog boxes and property pages.

Note   For Windows® XP Embedded Service Pack 2 Feature Pack 2007, the Outlook Express component has been re-factored to reduce the footprint for other applications that originally depended on Outlook Express. The files that were removed from the ownership of Outlook Express component include: INETCOMM.DLL, WAB32.DLL, and MSOERT2.DLL. As a result, Applications or components such as Dialer Application and Fax components that used to depend on Outlook Express no longer need so, instead they will only depend on the new primitive DLL's that were removed from Outlook Express. In addition, we also removed a raw dependency (MSOERT2.DLL) from IIS Internet Manager as it no longer requires such a dependency. This change breaks the dependency of IIS Internet Manager on Outlook Express.


This component includes MSoe.chm and Wab.chm, which are compiled HTML Help files displayed in the HTMLHelp viewer. They can be accessed from Contents and Index on the Help menu. You can also access them from the browser window by pressing F1.

It also includes Msoe.hlp and Wab.hlp, compiled Windows Help files, which are accessed in dialog boxes using any of the following methods:

  • Right-clicking a control, and then choosing What's This
  • Choosing the question mark (?) in the title bar
  • Pressing F1 for information about the control that has the focus

The Help is displayed in a WinHelp popup window using standard Window Help calls. There are additional Help files that provide information on product support, accessibility, ratings, and style sheets for the HTML Help.

The Help files require the HTML Help and WinHelp32 engines and their supporting files.

The files listed above do not constitute the complete list of Help files.

Associated Components

The Outlook Express component requires the following components:

  • DirectDraw
  • DirectDrawEx
  • Internet Explorer
  • Primitive: DXTRANS.DLL

Add these components without checking dependencies.


The Help files are fully compiled so there are no configurable settings.

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