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This article provides an overview of known issues in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 when you use custom forms that were created by using the following versions of Outlook:
Outlook 2007 does not support custom form passwordsIn earlier versions of Outlook, developers can assign a password to a custom form. The form can't be opened in form design mode without the password. This password feature was intended to restrict users from switching to form design mode and modifying the form.
Outlook 2007 does not support passwords in custom forms. Instead, Outlook 2007 uses the following design:
NoOutlookFormsDesignerpolicy key instead. This policy key does not let you secure forms on a per-form basis. However, this policy key does provide functionality that is similar to password protection.
To use the
NoOutlookFormsDesignerpolicy key, follow these steps:
The "Always use Word as your email editor" option on a custom form may produce unexpected resultsIn earlier versions of Outlook, you can enable Microsoft Office Word as the editor of a custom form. To do this, you can select the Always use Word as your email editor option on the Properties page in form design mode. If you install Word 2007 and you are still using an earlier version of Outlook, you may experience unexpected results. For example, the Word 2007 ribbon may appear instead of the toolbars that the earlier versions of Word use.
You cannot send custom one-off forms over the InternetIn earlier versions of Outlook, you can send custom one-off forms over the Internet. To do this, you must select the Send form definition with item option on the Properties page in form design mode. When you do this, Outlook sends the custom form as part of an underlying Transport Neutral Encapsulation Format (TNEF) attachment. Most Internet-based message servers handle the TNEF part of the message correctly. Therefore, other Outlook users can receive and use the custom form.
For more information about one-off forms, and about how to send one-off forms over the Internet, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290657/ )Description of form definitions and one-off forms in Outlook 2002
290800Outlook 2007 does not preserve one-off forms when they are received. When Outlook 2007 converts an incoming Internet message from MIME format to MAPI format, Outlook 2007 ignores the custom form. This is a design change.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290800/ )Custom form is not received when sent over the Internet
The Office Forms feature is no longer supportedThe Office Forms feature lets users and form developers embed an Office file on a form page. They can then use the form page in an email message. They can also post the form page. Earlier versions of Outlook support the Office Forms feature. However, these versions of Outlook support this feature in different ways. Outlook 2007 does not support this feature.
Outlook 2000 and earlier versions of OutlookYou can create this kind of form in Outlook 2000 and in earlier versions of Outlook. To do this, click New on the Filemenu, and then click Office Document.
When you open this kind of form in Outlook 2000 and in earlier versions of Outlook, the form opens in the Outlook item.
Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2002You cannot create this kind of form in Outlook 2003 or in Outlook 2002. However, users can still open this kind of form in both Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2002.
Outlook 2007You cannot create this kind of form in Outlook 2007. When you open this kind of form from an Outlook item in Outlook 2007, Outlook 2007 opens the form as a regular Office file in the host application. For example, if an Outlook item contains a custom form that has an embedded Microsoft Office Excel workbook, Outlook 2007 opens the Excel workbook in Microsoft Office Excel 2007.
You cannot specify the size of ribbon commands for custom form tabsConsider the following scenario. You develop a custom Outlook form in a version of Outlook that is earlier than Outlook 2007. On that form, you add custom form tabs. In this scenario, the custom tabs appear as buttons in the Show group of an item's ribbon when you open the custom form in Outlook 2007. This behavior occurs because there is no direct way to specify the size of the buttons that appear on the ribbon.
Publishing form in online mode may result in blank bodyIf you use a custom message form and the form's actions are set to open a custom form on reply, reply all, or forward, then the message body will be blank after the reply or forward is sent. This only happens if the form is published in Outlook online mode. As a workaround, publish the form while Outlook is in cached mode. Since online mode is de-emphasized, there are no plans to fix this problem.