Item Add Event fires intermittently

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Surinder Singh

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Outlook version
Outlook 2007
Email Account
Exchange Server 2007
Hi All
I am after some suggestion on Item_add event in outlook.
In my program before item add event I have initialised it using application startup procedure.
I have installed this script in couple of same config laptops using ( outlook 2007) and have seen in some laptop it does behave intermittently and this event doesn't fire when item arrives in inbox.

my question is

1. is there is specific condition need to be met to run this event every time?
like a) do we need to restart outlook every time before connecting to company server or we connect our server first then open the outlook.

2. does it have anything to do how many email arrives in inbox same time?

3. in the same script DIR() function doesn't work on some laptop and in some it does despite having same settings.

Any feed back/ solution on this highly appreciated?
 

Michael Bauer

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Outlook version
Outlook 2010 32 bit
Email Account
Exchange Server
ItemAdd fires for every item that comes into the folder while Outlook, that is the VBA script, is running. It does not fire if Outlook is connected to Exchange and the item arrives while Outlook is not running.

As to #3: check the values you pass to the Dir function . Depending on what "doesn't work" means, most likely you point to files/directories that doesn't exist or the user hasn't the necessary permissions for.
 

Surinder Singh

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Outlook version
Outlook 2007
Email Account
Exchange Server 2007
Thanks Michael
I am not sure how to interpret this.. item arrives while outlook is not running in your reply. could you please elaborate bit more on this.

regarding DIR() function, essentially we all have same rights in their laptops for the file ( excel file) which is sitting on network server. in fact when I did testing I had three laptops side by side and when i executed this function in one (mine) it worked but failed to work on other two.
 

Michael Bauer

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Outlook version
Outlook 2010 32 bit
Email Account
Exchange Server
Exchange can receive emails while your Outlook is not running. In that case when you start Outlook, the item is aready in the folder, thus ItemAdd doesn't fire. In order to handle this situation you must loop through the folder items at the startup of Outlook, identify those 'new' messages, and do whatever ItemAdd is supposed to do.

If you pass, for instance, 'e:\folder\file.txt' to Dir it will fail if the drive has another name, 'k' for instance, on the other computers. For accessing network servers, you should pass 'server name\share name\folder name\...'
 
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