MailItem Object (Outlook)

Represents a mail message.


Use the CreateItem method to create a MailItem object that represents a new mail message.

Use the Folder.Items property to obtain an Items collection representing the mail items in a folder, and the Items.Item (index) method, where index is the index number of a mail message or a value used to match the default property of a message, to return a single MailItem object from the specified folder.


The following Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) example creates and displays a new mail message.

Sub CreateMail() 
 Dim myItem As Object 
 Set myItem = Application.CreateItem(olMailItem) 
 myItem.Subject = "Mail to myself" 
End Sub

The following VBA example sets the current folder as the Inbox and displays the second mail message in the folder. In general, the order of mail messages in a folder is not guaranteed to be in a particular order.

Sub DisplayMail() 
 Dim myItem As Object 
 Dim myFolder As Folder 
 Set myNamespace = Application.GetNamespace("MAPI") 
 Set myFolder = myNamespace.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox) 
 Set myItem = myFolder.Items(2) 
End Sub

See Also


Outlook Object Model Reference

MailItem Object Members

Other Resources

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