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Dropping Emails onto a .NET Application

Modified on Thu, Aug 19, 2010, 1:07 PM by Administrator Categorized as ┬ĚNet Framework


There a a number of articles on the net about how to build a .NET app that will accept emails dropped from Outlook. This article walks through a simple (if kludgy) approach.


1. Create a new C# Windows Application in Visual Studio

2. Add a COM reference to Microsoft Outlook 10.0 Object Library.

3. Drop a textbox onto Form1 and set its AllowDrop property to True.

4. Add the following code to Form1 and you'll be able to mail items from Outlook onto your textbox.

using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace DragDropTest
    public partial class Form1 : Form
        public Form1()
        private void textBox1_DragOver(object sender, DragEventArgs e)
            if (e.Data.GetDataPresent("RenPrivateMessages"))
                e.Effect = DragDropEffects.Copy;
        private void textBox1_DragDrop(object sender, DragEventArgs e)
            Outlook._Application app = new Outlook.Application();
            Outlook.Selection item = app.ActiveExplorer().Selection;

            for (int i = 1; i <= item.Count; i++)
                Outlook.MailItem email = item.Item(1) as Outlook.MailItem;
                string from = email.SenderName;

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