Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Techie Post: How to forward your Outlook emails to another email address
Below is a VBA script, a macro, that will forward emails received in your Outlook Inbox to an external email address. I needed this to forward work emails from Outlook to my Blackberry phone and it works.
To use it:
1. Start Outlook
2. Click Tools->Macro->Visual Basic Editor
3. If not already expanded, expand Microsoft Outlook Objects in the Project pane, then click on "ThisOutlookSession"
4. Copy the script below
5. Paste the script into the right-hand pane of the VB Editor
6. Edit the script making the changes as per the comments I included in the code
7. Click the diskette icon on the toolbar to save the changes
8. Close the VB Editor
9. Click Tools->Macro->Security
10. Set Security Level to Medium
11. Close Outlook
12. Start Outlook
13. A dialog-box will appear telling you the ThisOutlookSession contains macros and asking if you want to enable them. Say yes.
14. Test the macro
15. When the macro runs Outlook will present you with another dialog-box advising that a program is trying to access your mailbox and asking if you want to allow it to. Say yes.
16. If a message is received in the mailbox, and if the time is currently between the times you set, then the message will be forwarded to the designated email address. Otherwise, nothing will happen.
17. Once you've verified that the macro works as expected, then you need to sign the macro to avoid having Outlook security warn you each time the macro runs.
18. Let me know if you need help.
Private WithEvents objInboxItems As Items
Private Sub Application_Startup()
Dim objNS As NameSpace
Set objNS = Application.GetNamespace("MAPI")
' instantiate Items collections for folders we want to monitor
Set objInboxItems = objNS.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox).Items
Set objNS = Nothing
Private Sub Application_Quit()
' disassociate global objects declared WithEvents
Set objInboxItems = Nothing
Private Sub objInboxItems_ItemAdd(ByVal Item As Object)
Dim olItems As Items, _
olItem As Object, _
olMailItem As MailItem, _
olAttachmentItem As Attachment, _
bolTimeMatch As Boolean
Set olItems = objInboxItems.Restrict("[Unread] = True")
For Each olItem In olItems
If olItem.Class = olMail Then
Set olMailItem = olItem
'Change the times on the next line to those you want to use
bolTimeMatch = (Time >= #4:00:00 PM#) And (Time <= #8:30:00 AM#)
If bolTimeMatch Then
Dim objMail As Outlook.MailItem
Set objItem = olMailItem
Set objMail = objItem.Forward
objMail.To = "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Set objItem = Nothing
Set objMail = Nothing
If TypeName(Obj) = "Nothing" Then
IsNothing = True
IsNothing = False