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Improving Your Outlook

All the information described in this chapter can be put together to create a robust custom form. In this “Improving Your Outlook” section, we'll build a custom form that enables a sales department to enter an order for a retail store. When the order is entered, a task is created, reminding the user to ship the order. Because this is a retail order, it must probably be sent to a fulfillment department. This requirement dictates that a message form serve as the base message class for the custom form. Launch the message form in design mode by choosing Tools, Forms, Design a Form and choosing the Message Form from the standard forms library.

The first step is to decide whether you'll have two separate modes; that is, both compose mode and read mode. If you choose to have only one mode, select Form, Separate Read Layout to merge the two modes.


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