Check/convert to emailaddresses

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I have a custom form, where CC and BCC are filled from a custom field with addresses which are selected through checkboxes, e.g. selecting box1 and box3 will result in ";".

This is working perfectely, however upon sending I receive the message "This operation failed".
I think the problem is that it is hard coded to the text field compiling the different boxes in the string needed, but it seems Outlook is not able to then "convert" the text to 'emailaddresses'. I tested futher and linked the CC info to the TO field, I found out that there is an action first to "checks/converts" the text to emailaddresses or names underlined. When I delete the original CC field, sending is no problem.

Is there any way to do this action on the CC field as well?

I hope you can post some code, which I can use and work further on. Code is for me easier to understand than general descriptions telling what I should do.
Hi Diane,

I have two pages in my custom form:
- Message: this is the form
- ADMIN: this are all the 'supporting field'

On Message I have checkboxes, which are linked to text boxes on ADMIN, called chkbxo1val, chkbxo2val etc.
When the checkbox is checked, the corresponding textbox will show the email address + ;
This is set by inital value: IIf([chkbxo1]=-1,";","")

Also on ADMIN, I have the final result of all checkboxes in a text box called chkbxototal.
This is set by inital value: [chkbxo1val] & [chkbxo2val] & [chkbxo3val] & [chkbxo4val] & [chkbxo5val]

This is linked to CC on the Message page, using initial value [chkbxototal].

For testing purpose I added the following to my vba:

With objItem
.To = objItem.CC
End With

Resulting that the value of CC is copied in TO, but in this field it IS converted to useable email adresses (underlined), which is not happening with the text in CC.


Just for reference the full vba text:

Sub StampDate()
Dim objOL As Outlook.Application
Dim objItem As Object
On Error Resume Next
Set objOL = Application
Set objItem = objOL.ActiveInspector.CurrentItem

If Not objItem Is Nothing Then
If objItem.BodyFormat = olFormatHTML Then
Set objNS = objOL.Session

' Check message
Prompt$ = "bla bla bla"
If MsgBox(Prompt$, vbYesNo + vbQuestion + vbMsgBoxSetForeground, "Check before Sending") = vbNo Then
Exit Sub
End If

' Set Sent from account
With objItem
.SentOnBehalfOfName =
.To = objItem.CC
End With

' Set English text
strStyle = "'font-family:" & Chr(34) & "Calibri" & Chr(34) & ";color:black'"
strTextEng = "<p>" & "<span style=" & strStyle & ">" & _
"text text <b>" & objItem.subject & "</b> text text"" & "</span></p>" & "<br><br>" & "<p>"

' Set Hyperlink
strLink = "<p>" & "<span style=" & strStyle & ">" & "<b><a href=" & Chr(34) & "mailto:" & objItem.CC & "?cc=" & objItem.BCC & "&Subject=text" & objItem.subject & "&Body= text text text & "</span></p></a></b>"
' Set Chinese text
strTextCh = "<p>" & "<span style=" & strStyle & ">" & _
ChrW(-27068) & ChrW(20214) & "</span></p>"

' Set body
objItem.HTMLBody = Replace(objItem.HTMLBody, "<head>", "<head>" & strTextEng & strLink & strTextCh, , , vbTextCompare)

' Closing
End If
End If

Set objOL = Nothing
Set objNS = Nothing
Set objItem = Nothing

End Sub
Try resolving the recipients -
Dim objOutlookRecip As Recipient
Dim Recipients As Recipients
For Each objOutlookRecip In objItem.Recipients
Hi Diane, I copied your suggestion between 'Set body and 'Closing.
Unfortunately this doesn't solve the issue.
Any other suggestion?
Try moving the resolve outside of the code that creates the message - after one or both if's. And if that fails... you said
With objItem
.To = objItem.CC
End With

allowed them to resolve - so try moving from bcc to cc and see if it works. :)

also, rather than setting the cc field to the value of the combination field, assign the combo field to a string and set the string as the CC.

strCC = UserProperties("chkbxototal") = strCC

If you post the template or form file, I'll test it and see if i can figure out why it's not working. It's definitely something with resolving the addresses as addresses (which it should do on send automatically).
Dear Diane, it is killing me... the UserProperties you have said to me already before, but I cannot call the user defined fields for some reason, that is why (also in the hyperlink) I now use the and objitem.bcc

Please find attached the form and the vba text.
Really hope you could make it work!


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Well, the problem is due to the calculated value - it updates every time you click the cc or bcc field.

Dim objOutlookRecip As Recipient
Dim Recipients As Recipients
For Each objOutlookRecip In objItem.Recipients
MsgBox objOutlookRecip

Works, but the resolved names are replaced by the calculated value. (adding the message box slowed it down so i could see what was happening)
Ok... so this works - the resolve code should be at the end, before the closing, or at least after the cc and bcc are set. Technically,. you might be able to get away with not using the resolve code - outlook should resolve it on send.

Remove the calculated value from the cc and bcc field and use this in the macro.

With objItem
  .SentOnBehalfOfName = ""
  .CC = .UserProperties("chkbxctotal").Value
  .BCC = .UserProperties("chkbxototal").Value
End With

  Dim objOutlookRecip As Recipient
  Dim Recipients As Recipients
  For Each objOutlookRecip In objItem.Recipients
  ' MsgBox objOutlookRecip

What might be better is using code in the form to set the cc/bcc fields... well, maybe not, since you need vba to set the body.
Well, after crashing outlook 10 times, I realized i forgot to add 'value' to the code. Now it works. :)
on the form: a button named btnOK . After checking the boxes, click Done! and the addresses are added to the cc and bcc fields. The advantage of this method is that the sender can see the addresses after adding them and you could use the vba macro to send the message after building the body.

In the script editor:
Sub btnOk_Click() = Item.userproperties("chkbxctotal").value
Item.bcc = Item.userproperties("chkbxototal").value

end sub

Dear Diane, first happy new year!
Thank you so much for helping me out on this.
It is working like a charm (don't use the extra button though)...

All I needed apperantly from the beginning was the .value part in combination with item.userproperties.
I don't understand where this went wrong and that I didn't pick it up from any of the numerous other examples I have use to build this macro. Anyway very happy with your help!

Will keep on using you forum for inspiration and (parts of) solutions!
Well, considering how long it took me to realize it was the missing .value... you shouldn't be too hard on yourself. :) It's too easy to overlook the simple, minor things.

and (parts of) solutions!

Hehe... I started a Lazy Programmer series of articles last year, so named because the macros are created from other macros.
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