Wednesday, December 08, 2004

MailTo: Made That Much Easier

I'm a big advocate of efficiency. It started to become cumbersome to me to be browsing the web, come across something I want to email out. Mouse down to the bottom of the screen, click outlook, mouse up to the top of the screen, click New Mail Message, mouse to the right of the screen, minimize Outlook, then start typing.

This had to change.

So, I created a new mail message shotcut in the QuickLaunch bar. Here's how I did it.

  1. Right click on the desktop and go to New, then click on Shortcut

  2. In the location of the item type in mailto: with the colon, then click Next

  3. In the name for the shortcut, type in New Mail Message and click Finished

Now you'll notice that you have a new shortcut, with the Outlook Icon. This just won't do.

  1. Right click on the icon and choose Properties

  2. Click on the Change Icon button on the Web Document tab

  3. Instead of looking in Outlook.exe for the icon, change the path to this file {systemdrive}\Program Files\Outlook Express\msoeres.dll

  4. Choose the new mail message icon and apply the changes


Now all that's left is to copy (or move) the shortcut into the Quick Launch bar. Now when you want to send a new peice of mail, you can simply just click on this icon, and a new mail message will open, ready to type in the recepient. Handy for people who send lots of email like myself.


Anonymous said...

I've actually done the same thing by creating a new shortcut pointing to:

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\OUTLOOK.EXE" /c ipm.note

Wouldn't that be a tad bit more effectient than a mailto link? (assuming you are using Outlook of course...then Windows doesn't have to look up the default mail client and command line to process it)

Daniel Koster

PS - if you are in contact with the Outlook development team, it would be nice to be able to customize the right-click menu when you have Outlook hiding in the system tray. Then I would add options for new appointment, contact, and journal entry there.

Jim Perkins said...

Alright, this is handy, but how about taking it to next level ... put the shortcut you just made (either of them work) in your Internet Explorer / Favorites / Links folder; ta-da it's right there in IE for you.


Anonymous said...

I thought I was the only person that believed in putting a new mail message icon in the quick launch was efficient. I spent the last two months trying to figure this out, and here Sean has the answer. Dude, I'm adding your URL to my web site's list of web resources. Thanks!

Sean Daniel said...

Awesome, yeah, efficiency rules..