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Application Object

Office 2007
Represents the entire Outlook application.


This is the only object in the hierarchy that can be returned by using the CreateObject method or the intrinsic Visual Basic GetObject function.

The Outlook Application object has several purposes:

  • As the root object, it allows access to other objects in the Outlook hierarchy.
  • It allows direct access to a new item created by using CreateItem, without having to traverse the object hierarchy.
  • It allows access to the active interface objects (the explorer and the inspector).

When you use Automation to control Microsoft Outlook from another application, you use the CreateObject method to create an Outlook Application object.


The following Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) example starts Microsoft Outlook (if it's not already running) and opens the default Inbox folder.

Visual Basic for Applications
Set myNameSpace = Application.GetNameSpace("MAPI")
Set myFolder= _

The following Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) example uses the Application object to create and open a new contact.

Visual Basic for Applications
Set myItem = Application.CreateItem(olContactItem)