Default shape via VBA

eduperosa

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Outlook version
Outlook 365 64 bit
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Office 365 Exchange
I sent emails very often with images/screenshots where I want to mark something with a shape or arrow. The default rectangle shape of outlook is like this:
1641640718059.png

I would like to have a macro, assigned to keyboard shortcut, that formats the shape to something near this (provided that shape is selected):

1641640797205.png

I know there is the menu when you right-click the shape "Set as default shape", but once a new message is created the chosen default shape is lost.

Thank you all!
 

Diane Poremsky

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Outlook 2016 32 bit
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That would use word vba code - I don't have any code handy that does it, but there should be some code sample floating around the internet that does it in word - making it work in Outlook won't be difficult. Actually, you could probably record a macro doing it in word... (not all commands can be recorded).

I think you would need to select the image then run the macro to format it - not select a shape. so the macro will be hard coded to use the size of the image.
 

eduperosa

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Outlook 365 64 bit
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Office 365 Exchange
Found the solution:

Public Sub addShape()
Dim oShp As Word.Shape
Dim oSel As Word.Selection
Dim oWrd As Word.Application

Set oWrd = Application.ActiveInspector.WordEditor.Application
Set oSel = oWrd.Selection
Set oShp = oWrd.ActiveDocument.Shapes.addShape(msoShapeRectangle, getXCoord(oSel), getYCoord(oSel), 50, 25)

With oShp
.Fill.Visible = False
.Line.Visible = True
.Line.ForeColor.RGB = RGB(0, 176, 80)
.Line.Weight = 2.25
End With

Set oShp = Nothing
Set oSel = Nothing
Set oWrd = Nothing
End Sub

Private Function getXCoord(ByVal oSel As Word.Selection) As Double
getXCoord = oSel.Range.Information(wdHorizontalPositionRelativeToPage)

End Function

Private Function getYCoord(ByVal oSel As Word.Selection) As Double
getYCoord = oSel.Range.Information(wdVerticalPositionRelativeToPage)
End Function


References that I added to make it work:

Microsoft Scripting Runtime
Microsof Word 16.0 Object Library
 

Diane Poremsky

Senior Member
Outlook version
Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
Perfect. It's pretty easy to convert word macros to work on email - DIM and Set the word objects and the necessary references.

It doesn't look like you are using the scripting runtime... does it work without that set.
 

eduperosa

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Outlook version
Outlook 365 64 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
You are right , just the Microsof Word 16.0 Object Library does the trick. At the end I added a button on the ribbon to run this macro.
 
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