Tip 784: Using Desktop Gadgets

If you are one of the few people who use gadgets in Windows 7 and Vista, the Outlook 2007 gadgets from Microsoft can be made to work with Outlook 2003 and 2010.
Microsoft uses a script to check the version of Outlook but you can edit the vbs file so i…


If you are one of the few people who use gadgets in Windows 7 and Vista, the Outlook 2007 gadgets from Microsoft can be made to work with Outlook 2003 and 2010.

Microsoft uses a script to check the version of Outlook but you can edit the vbs file so it doesn’t do a version check.

For example, to make this gadget:
http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=ed840437-7d13-4755-8d0a-0ba2cbbf38e6&=1&=1
work with Outlook 2010, I  changed a section of the VBS to remove the version check. It works fine with both Outlook 2010 (32 or 64 bit) and Outlook 2003  – you could also change all instances of 12 to 14 (or 11).

For more information and code samples, see
Using Windows gadgets with Outlook 2010
http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/ol2010/gadgets.asp

(This should work with Outlook 2002 and older too, but the older versions are not supported on Vista and Windows 7.)


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