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MS Outlook Desktop Icon

By sengebretson ·
When Outlook is installed onto the desktop,
you can right click and get properties on it
to setup exchange and other services. If you
delete this icon, and if you create a short cut, you no longer get the properties settings. Is there away to get the Outlook
Icon that was orginally put on the desktop,
other than re-installing Outlook?

Thanks,
Steve Engebretson

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by Some Guy in Seattle In reply to MS Outlook Desktop Icon

A short cut is exactly that: it is a symbolic link to whatever it is representing somewhere else.

To get an icon that gives you properties options, copy the icon (executable) to the desktop from the outlook folder. This allows properties updates. Remember though, that any modifications to the properties associated with that icon will stay there, associated with that icon. If outlook is activated from somewhere else it will have the properties of that particular icon (even though they both access the same application, weird eh.). You might be better off leaving the shortcut link and modifying the properties of the outlook icon that is in the outlook folder in windows explorer.

The nice thing about the shortcut is that you can have as many of them as you want all over the place, and any changes via right-click | properties to the main executable icon will affect all the shortcuts linking to it, so all of them don't have to modified. Useful particularly for multiple users on a machine that may rearrange things to their own taste.

Hope that helps,

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by sengebretson In reply to MS Outlook Desktop Icon

I did the above and it isn't the same as the orginal icon properties. I've tried dragging the Outlook exe to the desktop, I've looked at the properties directly in the explore folder. None of these give the properties of the orginal icon that bringsup the MS Exchange settings. It only gives the
properties of the pathway to the Outlook program.

Thanks,
Steve Engebretson

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by reeree In reply to MS Outlook Desktop Icon

NO I don't believe you can get the original back. You would have to reinstall. When you right click on a shortcut, it only gives the properties of the shortcut, not the program.

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by Cambria777 In reply to MS Outlook Desktop Icon

This is my 2nd attempt to reply. The first reply didn't post, for some reason. Maybe there is some "delay" in posting. Am not sure because I'm new to TechRepublic. So please understand if you ultimately end up with 2 replies from me.

You shouldn't have to reinstall Outlook. I don't know what version of Outlook you are using, but there is a file called "Chnginbx.exe" (the name obviously standing for Change Inbox), that is found on the Office 97 CD in a folder called Valupack\Patch. It will convert the Outlook shortcut to a permanent desktop icon that you can right-click on to get the properties you want. This should also work for Outlook 98, but I don't know about Outlook 2000.

If you don't have the 97 CD, let me know and I'll email the file to you.

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