Get folder path where an account stores messages

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Kamran A

This is my first time developing an add-in for Outlook 2007. I have

successfully been able to retrieve accounts and successfully been able to

retrieve stores.

However, I see no way to correlate the two. My goal is to find what path (or

store) the account is using to store messages in. I see no property on a

store to get an account and see no property to get a store on account.

Is there any way to do this? In the GUI it's easy enough! Is it a rule or

something? How would I find it?

Thanks for any help!
 
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Ken Slovak - [MVP - Outlook]

An email account doesn't have a mail store associated with it, an Outlook

profile has both accounts and one or more mail stores associated with it.

By default anything you send from any account in a profile ends up in your

default mail store for that profile.

There is a hot fix available that lets the Sent Items folder of a

non-default Exchange mailbox get items sent using the email address for that

non-default Exchange mailbox, instead of the items going to Sent Items in

the default store. That's controlled by a registry setting, but it doesn't

apply to PST files, only to Exchange mailboxes.

You can get the sending address of the item from the

MailItem.SendUsingAccount property. That might help you determine where to

route things if that's your goal.

"Kamran A" <KamranA> wrote in message

news:9F1D0FC8-1064-4108-8E65-E7ADAF65C36B@microsoft.com...
> This is my first time developing an add-in for Outlook 2007. I have
> successfully been able to retrieve accounts and successfully been able to
> retrieve stores.

> However, I see no way to correlate the two. My goal is to find what path
> (or
> store) the account is using to store messages in. I see no property on a
> store to get an account and see no property to get a store on account.

> Is there any way to do this? In the GUI it's easy enough! Is it a rule or
> something? How would I find it?

> Thanks for any help!
 
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Kamran A

Hi Ken, thanks for the information.

My ultimate goal for this add-in is to automatically determine what account

to send from for composing new mail based on the current folder selected.

This is a user experience feature missing from Outlook (that Thunderbird does

automatically).

The only obstacle is getting the mail delivery location associated with an

email account (shown in the GUI). The add-in works fine if I hard code the

path-to-account information, but of course that is not ideal.

The other viable option is to match root folder names with account display

names and that is something I'd like to avoid.

Is there any way to do what I'm talking about?
wrote:


> An email account doesn't have a mail store associated with it, an Outlook
> profile has both accounts and one or more mail stores associated with it.

> By default anything you send from any account in a profile ends up in your
> default mail store for that profile.

> There is a hot fix available that lets the Sent Items folder of a
> non-default Exchange mailbox get items sent using the email address for that
> non-default Exchange mailbox, instead of the items going to Sent Items in
> the default store. That's controlled by a registry setting, but it doesn't
> apply to PST files, only to Exchange mailboxes.

> You can get the sending address of the item from the
> MailItem.SendUsingAccount property. That might help you determine where to
> route things if that's your goal.

> >

>

> "Kamran A" <KamranA> wrote in message
> news:9F1D0FC8-1064-4108-8E65-E7ADAF65C36B@microsoft.com...
> > This is my first time developing an add-in for Outlook 2007. I have
> > successfully been able to retrieve accounts and successfully been able to
> > retrieve stores.
> > However, I see no way to correlate the two. My goal is to find what path
> > (or
> > store) the account is using to store messages in. I see no property on a
> > store to get an account and see no property to get a store on account.
> > Is there any way to do this? In the GUI it's easy enough! Is it a rule or
> > something? How would I find it?
> > Thanks for any help!


>
 
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Ken Slovak - [MVP - Outlook]

Like I said, an email account is not tied to a store (other than with

Exchange mailboxes). If you have an Exchange mailbox or even a public folder

you can get the email address for that store and if you have permissions you

can send using that account.

If you have POP3 accounts how could those be tied to a store? A PST file can

be opened exclusively by anyone with access to it with no limitations. So I

could open it in one profile that has 3 mail accounts and then in another

profile that has a different 3 accounts. How do you distinguish?

I think your design is fundamentally flawed due to this misunderstanding

about the relationships between mail stores, profiles and email accounts.

All you can do is get the accounts for that profile (Outlook session) and

then guess.

"Kamran A" <KamranA> wrote in message

news:DF530F0C-14D7-4669-89D8-CD19BE4A5063@microsoft.com...
> Hi Ken, thanks for the information.

> My ultimate goal for this add-in is to automatically determine what
> account
> to send from for composing new mail based on the current folder selected.
> This is a user experience feature missing from Outlook (that Thunderbird
> does
> automatically).

> The only obstacle is getting the mail delivery location associated with an
> email account (shown in the GUI). The add-in works fine if I hard code the
> path-to-account information, but of course that is not ideal.

> The other viable option is to match root folder names with account display
> names and that is something I'd like to avoid.

> Is there any way to do what I'm talking about?
 
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Kamran A

I think it makes more sense if I can show you what I want:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2555/3865134862_097374ac08_o.gif

Outlook must store this information somewhere, all I really care about is

how to get it. If it's possible, my job is done, otherwise I will need to

make a hack.

Thanks for your help!
wrote:


> Like I said, an email account is not tied to a store (other than with
> Exchange mailboxes). If you have an Exchange mailbox or even a public folder
> you can get the email address for that store and if you have permissions you
> can send using that account.

> If you have POP3 accounts how could those be tied to a store? A PST file can
> be opened exclusively by anyone with access to it with no limitations. So I
> could open it in one profile that has 3 mail accounts and then in another
> profile that has a different 3 accounts. How do you distinguish?

> I think your design is fundamentally flawed due to this misunderstanding
> about the relationships between mail stores, profiles and email accounts.
> All you can do is get the accounts for that profile (Outlook session) and
> then guess.

> >

>

> "Kamran A" <KamranA> wrote in message
> news:DF530F0C-14D7-4669-89D8-CD19BE4A5063@microsoft.com...
> > Hi Ken, thanks for the information.
> > My ultimate goal for this add-in is to automatically determine what
> > account
> > to send from for composing new mail based on the current folder selected.
> > This is a user experience feature missing from Outlook (that Thunderbird
> > does
> > automatically).
> > The only obstacle is getting the mail delivery location associated with an
> > email account (shown in the GUI). The add-in works fine if I hard code the
> > path-to-account information, but of course that is not ideal.
> > The other viable option is to match root folder names with account display
> > names and that is something I'd like to avoid.
> > Is there any way to do what I'm talking about?


>
 
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Ken Slovak - [MVP - Outlook]

But if you have 3 different mailboxes or PST files loaded that will only

tell you what the Accounts collection tells you in Outlook 2007.

It does not tell you which account or accounts are associated with a

particular mail store, if there is any such association at all (there only

is with Exchange mailboxes or public folders). PST files have no email

account association at all.

Also, I can send as Sales or Support or Webmaster or various other email

accounts (mailboxes) in my domain, in addition to my own email address.

Those mailboxes may or may not be loaded in my Outlook session at all.

"Kamran A" <KamranA> wrote in message

news:FF6CDAAB-105A-441D-8111-79B12E17D4D6@microsoft.com...
> I think it makes more sense if I can show you what I want:

> http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2555/3865134862_097374ac08_o.gif

> Outlook must store this information somewhere, all I really care about is
> how to get it. If it's possible, my job is done, otherwise I will need to
> make a hack.

> Thanks for your help!
 
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