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_NameSpace.OpenSharedItem method

Opens a shared item from a specified path or URL.

Namespace:  Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook
Assembly:  Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook (in Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.dll)

<DispIdAttribute()> _
Function OpenSharedItem ( _
	Path As String _
) As Object
Dim instance As _NameSpace
Dim Path As String
Dim returnValue As Object

returnValue = instance.OpenSharedItem(Path)


Type: System.String

The path or URL of the shared item to be opened.

Return value

Type: System.Object
An Object representing the appropriate Outlook item for the shared item.

This method is used to open iCalendar appointment (.ics) files, vCard (.vcf) files, and Outlook message (.msg) files. The type of object returned by this method depends on the type of shared item opened, as described in the following table.

Shared item type

Outlook item

iCalendar appointment (.ics) file


vCard (.vcf) file


Outlook message (.msg) file

Type corresponds to the type of the item that was saved as the .msg file


This method does not support iCalendar calendar (.ics) files. To open iCalendar calendar files, you can use the OpenSharedFolder method of the NameSpace object.

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