Improving Outlook with a custom dashboard

posted at 10:32:50
By Flipping Heck!
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One of the features of Outlook I have just discovered is the ability to use a custom dashboard page in the Outlook Today screen.

As I'm only running the pants Outlook 2002 at work there was no way of decently viewing tasks, inbox, calendar etc. in a nice format within the program or the supplied Outlook Today styles. That's where the dashboard comes in.

With the dashboard you can run ActiveX objects to pull in various components into the Today screen, in any order you want as it's based on a simple HTML file. Below is a screenshot showing my current Today Screen:

The above view is showing the Inbox (left) and Tasks (right) listed together which was (to my knowledge) not possible with the supplied styles.

To add components to the page drop the following code into your HTML template:

 id=ViewCtlFolder
width="100%"
height="565">





You then change the "Folder" attribute to point to whatever folder you wish. You you wish to point to subfolders, change the "Folder" Parameter to:

 

And Bob's your Uncle!

Note that the Preview Pane isn't available for use on the Today Dashboard (not that I've found anyway) because of security issues. 

You can download my version of the dashboard here.

Alternatively, download the dashboard with all the components I've found from here

Obviously you will need to be using a machine with Outlook installed to view anything.

Also note that I've only checked this with Outlook 2002, if anyone's got any other versions I'd love to know if it works.



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