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Outlook 2010 32 bit
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I've been using Outlook since the 90's and I've never seen this 'functionality'. I think I must have moved my mouse over something and inadvertently opened this 'item' up. I've attached a screenshot of it. I've Googled and searched throughout Outlook itself and can't find how I came across it in the first place and can't find anything written up about it. Not sure what it is. FYI - I am using this as a solo user. I'm pretty sure I unchecked all sharing options such as Sharepoint and Exchange. I am using this alone. I have it loaded on two PCs but one is only an old XP I keep as a backup in case I have any trouble with the new one (Windows 10) in the middle of doing something crucial.

I say this cause I'm 'assuming' that this has something to do with having discussions with other people. Just a guess.
And again, I searched the main body of Outlook and wouldn't know how to recreate this.

Also, I don't use Business Contact Manager on this either and don't think I 'added' it or opened it or however that 'thing' gets done.

So would love to find out what this is, what it's for and how to get it 'on purpose'.

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Oh goodness. After looking what I thought was "everywhere' at least I found how to 'find' this.
If an email is highlighted, on Toolbar I go to
Home tab
Left most group New
Drop down arrow on New Items
Last choice, black arrow to right of More
Choose "Post to folder"

OK, so now I can make it appear.
Still don't know what it is and can't find anything via Google to explain it.
Correct - that is a post form. Its basically an unsendable message form - its not used much recently (although I have a few clients who love it for diary-type notes). It was used extensively in the past with Exchange public folders, to create internal forums - a Facebook feed before there was a Facebook. :) Pretty much everything available on the internet refers to using it with public folders, but its not limited to public folders.

It works pretty much like a message - you can add attachments etc. Just cant send it as a message.

This is the only thing I have posted on it, that I can find - I'm pretty sure I've covered it in relation to public folders too.
Tip 109: Diary Custom Form - Outlook Tips
Thisi s what the form looks like that I mention in the link - I'll save it out as a template but it will need some tweaking to work with the current version of outlook.

[edited to use a better picture of the form. buttons for happy use code and recent security changes in outlook block it by default.]
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