VBA to switch Outlook online/offline

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Jo888

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Most of my tasks are done via Outlook ie most of the work I do is composing and responding to emails.

I can switch Outlook offline /online manually, but I was wondering if there was a Macro that would automate this.

My schedule is as follows

7am Online
8:45 Offline
10:45 Online
10:50 Offline
12:45 Online
12:50 Offline
14:30 Online
14:35 Offline
15:55 Online
16:00 Offline
16:55 Online
17:00 Offline

with the ability to manually override?

Is this possible?

I can do basic Excel macros, but I've never made an Outlook macro
 

Diane Poremsky

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Outlook's object model doesn't expose that but you can use ExecuteMso. The status bar will show its offline - the button will if you switch to that ribbon, but it won't update until the ribbon is refreshed. Call the macro using task reminders - Running Outlook Macros on a Schedule

Code:
Sub ToggleOffline()
Dim olApp As Outlook.Application
Dim olNS As Outlook.NameSpace
Dim objExpl As Outlook.Explorer
Set olApp = Application
Set olNS = olApp.GetNamespace("MAPI")
Set objExpl = olApp.ActiveExplorer
 
objExpl.CommandBars.ExecuteMso ("ToggleOnline")
End Sub
Or you can use Redemption:
Running Outlook Macros on a Schedule
RDO - Session
 

Jo888

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Fantastic Diane - that is really useful.

I don't necessarily need the ribbon to show, just the status bar, which I can confirm that this does.

The code you have provided is excellent. It toggles between online and offline.

I'm wondering is there is a way, rather than toggling, to switch online, or switch offline irrespective of current status. That way if I switch online in the middle of the day to get an urgent email out, I don't need to remember to switch it offline.

I could then use one set of tasks to run one macro to schedule online status, and another set of tasks to schedule offline status.
 

Jo888

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Just figured it Out

Sub SetOffline()

Dim oNS As NameSpace
Set oNS = Application.Session

If oNS.ExchangeConnectionMode <> olCachedOffline And _
oNS.ExchangeConnectionMode <> olOffline Then

Dim olApp As Outlook.Application
Dim olNS As Outlook.NameSpace
Dim objExpl As Outlook.Explorer
Set olApp = Application
Set olNS = olApp.GetNamespace("MAPI")
Set objExpl = olApp.ActiveExplorer

objExpl.CommandBars.ExecuteMso ("ToggleOnline")

End If

End Sub

and

Sub OnlineStatus()
Dim oNS As NameSpace
Set oNS = Application.Session

If oNS.ExchangeConnectionMode = olOnline

Dim olApp As Outlook.Application
Dim olNS As Outlook.NameSpace
Dim objExpl As Outlook.Explorer
Set olApp = Application
Set olNS = olApp.GetNamespace("MAPI")
Set objExpl = olApp.ActiveExplorer

objExpl.CommandBars.ExecuteMso ("ToggleOnline")

End If
End Sub
 

Jo888

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I can now point my tasks to each respective status - thanks once again - Diane
 
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