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  • Shortcut in Outlook 2002 (using XP)


    The shortcut to categorize a note that David gives - <Alt-SPACE>i does not work in Outlook 2002 (with Windows XP). Does anyone know an alternative to using the mouse for this?

    Thank you.

  • #2
    Hi Parshu -- The keystrokes should be working for you in Outlook 2002, unless you have some conflicting shortcuts established by other running programs. Just to be sure there is no confusion, you should be holding the "Alt" key down while hitting the "spacebar", then hitting the "i" key. Also this is for use when the Note is open, not when it is highlighted in table view.


    • #3
      FWIW I have the same issue. When I ALT-SPACEBAR I get the menu that is the same as right-clicking the window title (Restore, Move, Size, Minimize, Maximize, Close). Since there is no "i" command, the ALT-SPACEBAR-i does nothing.

      The menu that has the "i" for categories appears when I left-click on the note icon in the upper left corner of a note. I don't know the keyboard shortcut to make this appear, but if I did, I could hit the "i" and get to categories.

      Hope this helps someone find the answer.



      • #4
        Got it to work!

        When I initially create a note and stretch out the 'box' I get the menu like Ken mentions above. If I then save the note, when I reopen it, then <Alt-Space>i works. Sometimes it takes closing the note and reopening...


        • #5
          Parshu & Ken -- Well you really sent us down a "rabbit-hole" with this one. After quite a bit of fussing around, I was able to duplicate the problem as both of you described. I also discovered, as Parshu described, that closing and reopening a Note seems to get the dropdown working as we would like. Ken has confirmed this with some experimentation on his machine.

          Looking at it now, it is not surprising that there is some shaky behavior. When using this combination of shortcut keys, we are asking Outlook to act differently (in the case of a Note) than it, and Windows in general, acts in all other cases. With any other kind of Item inspector, "Alt + Spacebar" brings up that window's system menu. With the Note, we are asking it to bring up a contextual dropdown menu instead, but obviously it wants to bring up the system menu sometimes.

          In any case, with the info gathered from everyone's experimentation, I've put together a little workaround. With the code listed below, you can create a new toolbar button, with the shortcut keys "Alt + o", that does the following:
          • If a Note Item is currently open or just selected in a Table view, then the code opens the Note and sends the necessary keystrokes to get the "Alt + Spacebar" keys working properly;
          • If some other kind of Item is currently selected, then using the button (or "Alt + o") creates a new Note and performs the keystrokes to correct the "Alt + Spacebar" problem.
          So instead of double clicking a Note to open it, or using "Ctrl + Shift + N" to create a new Note, using "Alt + o" will do the same and make the dropdown workable.

          To try the workaround, just copy and paste the code below into a new module in your VBA Editor. Run the NewNotesButton macro once to install the new button on your Standard toolbar. The button will then be functional.

          Hope that helps. And thanks for pointing out this little problem -- consequently I've incorporated a little fix in the upcoming Outlook Outliner. Here's the code (as always, let me know if you need any help getting the code going):

          Sub NoteMenu()
              On Error GoTo PROC_ERR
              Dim objApp As Application
              Dim objItem As Object
              Dim objNote As NoteItem
              Set objApp = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")
              Set objItem = GetCurrentItem
              If Not objItem Is Nothing Then
              If objItem.Class = olNote Then
                  SendKeys "%{F4}~", True
                  Set objNote = objApp.CreateItem(olNoteItem)
                  SendKeys "%{F4}", True
              End If
              End If
              Set objNote = Nothing
              Set objItem = Nothing
              Set objApp = Nothing
              Exit Sub
              MsgBox Err.Description
              Resume PROC_EXIT
          End Sub
          Function GetCurrentItem() As Object
              Dim objApp As Application
              Dim objSel As Selection
              Dim objItem As Object
              Set objApp = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")
              Select Case objApp.ActiveWindow.Class
                  Case olExplorer
                      Set objSel = objApp.ActiveExplorer.Selection
                      If objSel.Count > 0 Then
                          Set objItem = objSel.Item(1)
                      End If
                  Case olInspector
                      Set objItem = objApp.ActiveInspector.CurrentItem
                  Case Else
              End Select
              Set GetCurrentItem = objItem
              Set objItem = Nothing
              Set objSel = Nothing
              Set objApp = Nothing
          End Function
          Public Sub NewNotesButton()
              Dim objCommandBar As Office.CommandBar
              Dim objCommandBarButton As Office.CommandBarButton
              Set objCommandBar = Application.ActiveExplorer.CommandBars("Standard")
              With objCommandBar.Controls
                  Set objCommandBarButton = .Add(msoControlButton)
                  With objCommandBarButton
                      .Caption = "&Open"
                      .FaceId = 1758
                      .Style = msoButtonIconAndCaption
                      .TooltipText = "Click to Open Note"
                      .OnAction = "NoteMenu"
                      .BeginGroup = True
                  End With
              End With
          End Sub