Create a new email from a Desktop shortcut

How can I create a shortcut to create a new message without going into Outlook first?

New Email buttonIt is possible to create a shortcut to create a new email in Outlook, but you’ll need to determine the path to outlook.exe first.

In general you’ll find it under;

  • Office 365 (any version) and Office 2019
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16
  • 32-bit version of Office (msi-installation)
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office <version number>
  • 64-bit version of Office (msi-installation)
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office <version number>

If you can’t find it, do a search for outlook.exe or use OutlookTools (free) instead.

Once you’ve found outlook.exe;

  1. Right click on an empty space on your Desktop and choose New-> Shortcut.
  2. Type the path to outlook.exe between quotes or browse to its location via the Browse… button.
  3. Type a space behind that and /c ipm.note
  4. The entire line should now look like this (example is for Office 365);
    "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\OUTLOOK.EXE" /c ipm.note
  5. Click Next.
  6. Name your shortcut for instance: New Message.
  7. Click Finish.

To change the icon, right click the shortcut and click properties. On the Shortcut tab click the Change Icon… button.

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