Creating a Reply Form

When you create a message form, you often want users to send a reply by using a reply form.

An Action automatically opens a reply form, typically after a user clicks Reply, Forward, or another command on the form. For example, an Action can create a Forward button, that, when selected by the user, opens a forward form for the user to fill in and send. You can specify that the form use standard Reply and Forward headers, and you can even add prefix text, such as "RE:," to the Subject field of your custom reply form.

You can use the default reply forms included with Microsoft Outlook (these are the forms listed on the Actions page), or you can disable any of these forms and create a custom reply form. (For more information, see How to: Disable a Standard Reply Form?) The custom reply forms that you create are listed on the Actions page in design mode in the form.

You can create custom buttons and menu commands and specify what happens when the user selects them. You can also create a button or menu command that opens a task, a Calendar item, or even a note. You can send information without opening a reply form by pre-addressing a custom reply form to go to a specific e-mail address or to a public folder. For more information, see the following topics: