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View web pages inside Outlook

View some web pages from inside Outlook's Mail window by adding a new folder to your configuration.
Working in Outlook doesn't have to limit you to Outlook. By adding a new folder and setting its properties correctly, you can view web pages in your Outlook mail window. The results aren't always perfect, but with a little experimentation, you'll discover which pages work and which ones don't.

To illustrate this enhancement, we'll add my new reader blog, at http://ssharkins.wordpress.com/ to Outlook. I receive a lot of private email from TechRepublic.com readers, and I (now) answer them via this new blog. To add it to your Outlook folder configuration, do the following:

  1. Right-click your Inbox and choose New Folder. You'll want to use the Inbox in Personal Folders or Outlook Data Files.
  2. In the resulting window, give the folder a descriptive name, such as Reader Blog, and click OK.
  3. If you have a Favorites folder, right-click the new Reader Blog folder, and choose Show In Favorites. (This step isn't necessary, but a matter of convenience.)
  4. To set the folder's properties, right-click it and choose Properties.
  5. In the resulting window, click the Home Page tab.
  6. Enter the URL.
  7. Check the Show Home Page By Default For This Page option.
  8. Click OK.

When you click the Reader Blog folder, Outlook displays the site's home page. Depending on the site's complexity, you might get a script error. If so, click Yes or No (accordingly) to clear it and move on. You'll probably lose some functionality, but not much.

You can click links to move around. Returning to the home page (if you leave) can be a bit awkward, but this is a limited feature. Not every site will be a good match for this feature, but when it works, it's an efficient alternative to using your browser if you want to work in Outlook at the same time.

About

Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

9 comments
myashwant
myashwant

Thanks, this is cool.  But after the first time, the page throws up JavaScript error. i.e after the initial browsing on the page, moving to inbox or any other folder and returning back to the page throws up JS error for almost all the JS files referred in the page.  Sometimes it breaks the functionality as well.

 Does any have solution or work-around for this ?

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

I certainly do, I now wonder whether the people who put together this feature do. So anyone know? I mean know as well, not read some MS sales blurb....

Ben_in_CA
Ben_in_CA

This is neat, but Outlook is not really "designed" to be a web browser - are there negative security implications in doing this? (Such as scripting controls that a normal browser knows to block, but Outlook doesn't. Is the engine based on IE, or how are vulnerabilities patched?) Also, could there be any way that the websites within Outlook could access your email, that they couldn't in a separate browser? I would suggest only doing this for very trusted websites.

lwetzel
lwetzel

What does this mean? "No. it allready works with O2k13. Thx 4 nice Tip! " It cannot be set up in 2013 that I can see. At least not following theis "Nice Tip"

dpotter555
dpotter555

Worked great in Outlook 2003. I added my on-line store. It's so functional I can even make purchases from within outlook. Again, great tip.

Koritalus
Koritalus

No. it allready works with O2k13. Thx 4 nice Tip!

JosephFrawley
JosephFrawley

Thanks for the tip, but it does not seem to working in Outlook 2013 :(

ssharkins
ssharkins

Outlook can't run most of the scripts.

JosephFrawley
JosephFrawley

Hi Koritalus, Could you help me achieve this? It would be extremely useful to me? Thanks, Joe

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