OL2003 Macro disables itself - looking for way to automate 'enable'

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JackPollack

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Using Outlook 2003, Windows 7 64Bit, IMAP.

Since OL2003 doesn't let you specify a Sent Item Folder and stores IMAP sent items on the local machine (which is pretty stupid, if you are using IMAP) I have created a rule that copies sent messages to the server so they are accessible from my other computer.

This works fine, except periodically the rule becomes unchecked (it is the only rule I have so I don't know if it just that rule or every rule that would uncheck).

It is a big problem when I am working on my laptop and find that no sent items have uploaded for several days.

I was going to write a macro that enabled the rule but it doesn't appear that OL2003 has a interface to the rules. Since the rules are stored in the pst file I dont see any way of protecting them there. Even a macro that sends key strokes would be hard since I would know if the macro was enabled or disabled at any given time.

Help!

Any ideas? add-ins?

I dont want to switch to OL2007
 

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IMAP support in Outlook 2003 was pretty bad. It's better in 2010 - and you can now pick the sent and deleted items folders.

The rule becomes unchecked because it loses contact with the server and fails. You can't run rules using a macro - but you could use a macro to move messages in the sent folder to the imap sent folder. See if outlookcode.com has any code samples. While this won't enable the rule if its disabled, it will help if it's disabled. I'd try running it on application send - but you may need to run it manually, like at the end of the day, before you close outlook. (I wouldn't set it to run on application close though.)
 

JackPollack

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Thanks.

Why the rule deactivates makes sense.

I just wrote a few lines of code to move messages from local sent items to IMAP follder and put it ins the message send event. It appears to work perfectly
 
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