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How to: Read Data from a Custom Field of an Item

This example reads data from a custom field of a contact item. This example checks contacts in a folder named Picnic for a value in a custom text field named Picnic. The code displays the name of all contacts that have the value Potato Salad.

Applies to: The information in this topic applies to application-level projects for Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010. For more information, see Features Available by Office Application and Project Type.


Private Sub ThisAddIn_Startup(ByVal sender As Object, _
 ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Startup
    Dim result As New System.Text.StringBuilder()
    Dim contactFolder As Outlook.MAPIFolder = Me.Application.GetNamespace _
        ("MAPI").GetDefaultFolder _
        (Outlook.OlDefaultFolders.olFolderContacts). _
        Folders("Picnic")

    Dim picnicMembers As Outlook.Items = _
        contactFolder.Items.Restrict("[Picnic]='Potato Salad'")

    For Each contact As Outlook.ContactItem In picnicMembers
        result.AppendLine(contact.FullName)
    Next

    If result.Length > 0 Then
        MsgBox(result.ToString(), "Potato Salad")
    Else
        MsgBox( _
            "No contacts are assigned potato salad for the picnic.", _
            "Potato Salad")
    End If
End Sub


A COMException exception is thrown if the custom contact folder Picnic is not found in the folders collection. You can catch this exception and create the folder if it is missing.

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