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"Categories" button in new Outlook form

By clarkebear ·
In designing a custom appointment form, I'm doing layout on page 2 (and hiding page 1), and I want the users to have "Categories..." available. I dragged the button onto the form from the Field Chooser's' "All Mail Fields" collection. Then I draggedthe "Categories" (no "...") text field onto the form.
After publishing the form, I click "New" and the custom form appears just fine. Pressing the "Categories..." button reveals the list of categories, and they can be clicked, but then nothing shows up in the accompanying text box. What's the secret here? I can't seem to find documentation for this situation.

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by Erwin Marsch In reply to "Categories" button in ne ...

It seems you have a pretty good leg-up on creating forms. I am not sure I completely understand the question but I will give it a go. The 'Categories' button is a control object. Outlook forms store data in fields. So, when you create the control it has to be bound to a field to store the data. If the object and the related field are not bound together you can run into a situation just as you are explaining. I am only allowed 1,930 characters in an answer on this forum and I don't think that is enough to give you a good explanation. Therefore, I am going to take the cowards way out and point you to what I think you need to know.

To get a good explanation of forms, controls and fields go to:

http://search.support.microsoft.com
At the top of the page pick Outlook 2000 in the 'My search is about:' box (there will be no difference for Outlook 9

Click on the radio button for specific Article ID and use article number Q207430

If that is not the right article go back to the search page and try using the same 'My Search is About' and use a 'key word search'. In the dialog box type in "Create Forms'. You will get more on forms than you ever wanted to know.

Good Luck,
Erwin

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