Is it possible to add a lookup field to a Message form?

BretAB

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Outlook 2013 32 bit
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POP3
Hi Diane et al,

Is it possible to add an Excel-like lookup field to an Outlook (v2013) Message form? Here's what I tried:

For a test, I created a test folder "1234" | Developer tab | Design a Form | select Message | Open: That pops up a Message form in design mode, and the Field Chooser box. Field Chooser's not much help yet, however I do see a Control Toolbox up in the ribbon Tools section the has a Listbox control.

So I click that ListBox icon and anchor the "box" in the body of the Message form. I can then right click for Properties, and add some text values separated by commas (I'm assuming to use commas?). I save the Messsage form. I create a new Massage in that 1234 folder, but I don't see the Listbox I thought I just put there. So I go into desgn mode again, and now I see my Listbox control in Field Chooser's User Defined fields. I drag that field (I called TestLookup) onto the Message form, save the form, and exit the form. I create a new message in that folder, but there's no listbox in the message as I expected. Likewise, if I pop up the Field Chooser, there's no TestLookup field to add as a column.

Am I hopelessly misguided in my approach? Or simply clueless on how to accomplish what I thought was going to be an easy mod?

I appreciate any comments, guidance or references that you care to provide.

Regards . . .
 

Diane Poremsky

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Outlook 2016 32 bit
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Right. I am on my little tablet and was too lazy to look that url up. :) Any listbox code you find on excel or word sites should also work, with no to minor tweaking,
 

BretAB

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Outlook 2013 32 bit
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No problem. Thanks for the excel/word idea too.
It was nice to be able to have a little professional chat. It's been quite a while I believe.
Take care . . .
 
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