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How to: Get the E-mail Address of a Contact Item

Office 2007

This topic shows how to obtain the value of a named property that represents the e-mail address of an Outlook Contact item.

You can associate up to three e-mail addresses with a Contact item in Outlook. Each e-mail address corresponds to a property of the Outlook ContactItem object in the Outlook object model. Internal to Outlook, the e-mail address also corresponds to a MAPI named property. For example, the first e-mail address of a contact corresponds to the Email1Address property of the ContactItem in the Outlook object model, and the Outlook internal named property dispidEmailEmailAddress.

To obtain the value of an e-mail address of a contact item, you can use the PropertyAccessor object of the Outlook object model, or first use IMAPIProp::GetIDsFromNames to obtain the property tag of the named property, and then specify this property tag in IMAPIProp::GetProps to get the value. When calling IMAPIProp::GetIDsFromNames, specify the appropriate values for the MAPINAMEID structure pointed at by the input parameter lppPropNames. The following code sample shows how to obtain the first e-mail address of a specified contact, lpContact, using GetIDsFromNames and GetProps.

HRESULT HrGetEmail1(LPMESSAGE lpContact)
    HRESULT hRes = S_OK;
    LPSPropTagArray lpNamedPropTags = NULL;
    MAPINAMEID NamedID = {0};
    LPMAPINAMEID lpNamedID = &NamedID;
    NamedID.lpguid = (LPGUID)&PSETID_Address;
    NamedID.ulKind = MNID_ID;
    NamedID.Kind.lID = dispidEmailEmailAddress;

    hRes = lpContact->GetIDsFromNames(

    if (SUCCEEDED(hRes) && lpNamedPropTags)
        SPropTagArray sPropTagArray;
        sPropTagArray.cValues = 1;
        sPropTagArray.aulPropTag[0] = CHANGE_PROP_TYPE(lpNamedPropTags->aulPropTag[0],PT_STRING8);
        LPSPropValue lpProps = NULL;
        ULONG cProps = 0;

        hRes = lpContact->GetProps(
        if (SUCCEEDED(hRes) && 
            1 == cProps && 
            lpProps && 
            PT_STRING8 == PROP_TYPE(lpProps[0].ulPropTag) &&
            printf("Email address 1 = \"%s\"\n",lpProps[0].Value.lpszA);
     return hRes;

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