Application.ActiveExplorer method (Outlook)

Returns the topmost Explorer object on the desktop.


expression. ActiveExplorer

expression A variable that represents an Application object.

Return value

An Explorer that represents the topmost explorer on the desktop. Returns Nothing if no explorer is active.


Use this method to return the Explorer object that the user is most likely viewing. This method is also useful for determining when there is no active explorer, so a new one can be opened.


The following Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) example uses the Count property and Item method of the Selection collection returned by the Selection property to display the senders of all mail items selected in the active explorer window. To run this example, you need to have at least one mail item selected in the active Explorer window.


You might receive an error if you select items other than a mail item such as task request as the SenderName property does not exist for a TaskRequestItem object.

Sub GetSelectedItems() 
 Dim myOlExp As Outlook.Explorer 
 Dim myOlSel As Outlook.Selection 
 Dim MsgTxt As String 
 Dim x As Integer 
 MsgTxt = "You have selected items from: " 
 Set myOlExp = Application.ActiveExplorer 
 Set myOlSel = myOlExp.Selection 
 For x = 1 To myOlSel.Count 
 MsgTxt = MsgTxt & myOlSel.Item(x).SenderName & ";" 
 Next x 
 MsgBox MsgTxt 
End Sub

See also

Application Object

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