Replying to calendar item using VBA

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Outlook 2013 64 bit
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Hello, Wondering if someone can help me. I have created this Macro to reply to emails with a template. It works great until I try and reply to a meeting invite. I get a type mismatch error and I am thinking that it may be that these are .ics items and that's causing the issue. Any help would be much appreciated. VBA code found below.

Sub ReplyAll()
Dim origEmail As Object
Dim replyEmail As Object
Set origEmail = GetCurrentItem()
Set replyEmail = Application.CreateItemFromTemplate("C:\Users\Meeting Minutes.oft")
replyEmail.HTMLBody = replyEmail.HTMLBody & origEmail.Reply.HTMLBody
replyEmail.Subject = origEmail.Subject + " - Meeting Minutes"
replyEmail.To = origEmail.To
replyEmail.CC = origEmail.CC
End Sub

Function GetCurrentItem() As Object
Dim objApp As Outlook.Application

Set objApp = Application
On Error Resume Next
Select Case TypeName(objApp.ActiveWindow)
Case "Explorer"
Set GetCurrentItem = objApp.ActiveExplorer.Selection.Item(1)
Case "Inspector"
Set GetCurrentItem = objApp.ActiveInspector.CurrentItem
End Select

Set objApp = Nothing
End Function

Diane Poremsky

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Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
Which line does it error on? if you aren't sure, use step into command to watch it line by line.

It probably is due to the meeting items, or read receipts, non-delivery reports or other non-mail items.

When i tried it with a meeting response, it errored on the to and cc lines.


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Thanks Diane, the error is a run-time error '438' Object doesn't support this property or method and it happens on the
replyItem.HTMLBody line. I know that within a meeting invite there is a contact attendees button and you can reply all with email. Is there any way to tap into that functionality?


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I found another script and combined the two using an if statement. That way a meeting was handled correctly and if it failed the email script above took over. I also had to change the restriction of just people who had not responded so that all people from the meeting get the email.

Send an email to attendees who have not responded

Thank you,

Diane Poremsky

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On this: replyItem.HTMLBody line - try removing HTML - so its just replyItem.Body - not all items support htmlbody.
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