How to: Get Information About the Current User's Manager

Office 2013 and later

This example shows how to get information (such as name, job title, and phone numbers) about the current user’s manager.

Programming Applications for Office Outlook 2007

The following code example is an excerpt from Programming Applications for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, from Microsoft Press (ISBN 9780735622494, copyright Microsoft Press 2007, all rights reserved).

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In the following procedure, GetManagerInfo calls the GetExchangeUserManager() method to obtain an ExchangeUser object that represents the manager of an ExchangeUser in the organizational hierarchy. The procedure tests whether the logged-on user is online to ensure that GetExchangeUserManager can return an ExchangeUser object. If the user is not online, GetExchangeUserManager will return a null reference. GetManagerInfo then writes manager information to the trace listeners of the Listeners collection.

If you use Visual Studio to test this code example, you must first add a reference to the Microsoft Outlook 15.0 Object Library component and specify the Outlook variable when you import the Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook namespace. The using statement must not occur directly before the functions in the code example but must be added before the public Class declaration. The following line of code shows how to do the import and assignment in C#.

using Outlook = Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook;
private void GetManagerInfo()
    Outlook.AddressEntry currentUser =
    if (currentUser.Type == "EX")
        Outlook.ExchangeUser manager =
        if (manager != null)
            StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
            sb.AppendLine("Name: "
                + manager.Name);
            sb.AppendLine("STMP address: "
                + manager.PrimarySmtpAddress);
            sb.AppendLine("Title: "
                + manager.JobTitle);
            sb.AppendLine("Department: "
                + manager.Department);
            sb.AppendLine("Location: "
                + manager.OfficeLocation);
            sb.AppendLine("Business phone: "
                + manager.BusinessTelephoneNumber);
            sb.AppendLine("Mobile phone: "
                + manager.MobileTelephoneNumber);

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