announce email sender and subject when new email arrives...

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Sdecker

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I need a macro or script that will announce (speak) the sender and subject of new email when it arrives. Could be a general macro that could then be applied by rules. I saw that this is possible with mac so I am sure that it can be created for Windows as well. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.
 

Diane Poremsky

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Thanks Michael, you know that now I need to try it....

This is so cool. :) (Yes, I'm easily amused this morning and this beats working.)

Code:
Sub readsubject()
Dim objItem As MailItem
Dim xlApp As Object
Set objItem = Application.ActiveExplorer.Selection.Item(1)
Set xlApp = CreateObject("Excel.application")
xlApp.Speech.Speak objItem.SenderName & objItem.Subject
Set xlApp = Nothing
End Sub

I think it might be too slow, especially if you get more than one or two messages at a time - here it takes (what feels like) a couple of seconds to load - it's probably not that long, it just feels slow.
 

Diane Poremsky

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Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
I set this up in a rule (with early binding) and while it's (still) cool, Outlook basically hangs during the few seconds that it takes to load excel and read the sender & subject. i think i got it working a little faster by opening excel on my desktop, but outlook will hang when its reading - not bad for short subjects but long display names and/or long subjects are a problem. if you aren't working in Outlook, then its not a problem.

I'm going to try this for reminders - I'm constantly missing meetings because the reminder dialog is not in my face.
 

Diane Poremsky

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Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
Thank you SDecker for the idea and Michael for the solution... I needed something fun to write about today and this is it - a talking reminder. :)

Now i just gotta remember to keep the sound turned up enough to hear it.

Code:
Private Sub Application_Reminder(ByVal Item As Object)
If Item.MessageClass <> "IPM.Appointment" Then
  Exit Sub
End If
Dim xlApp As Excel.Application
Set xlApp = Excel.Application
    xlApp.Speech.Speak Item.Subject & "Starts at " & Format(Item.Start, "hh:mm")
Set xlApp = Nothing

End Sub
 

Michael Bauer

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Outlook 2010 32 bit
Email Account
Exchange Server
yep, it's really cool :)

This shoud be faster as it keeps the ref on xl:

Code:
private xlApp as excel.application
private sub application_startup()
  set xlApp=new excel.application
end sub
The variable is set to Nothing automatically when you close Outlook.
 

Diane Poremsky

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Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
adding the async parameter to the code helps a lot - if only because it doesn't cause outlook to hang once it starts talking.
xlApp.Speech.Speak Item.Subject & "Starts at " & Format(Item.Start, "hh:mm"), true
 
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