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Windows 7: Windows 7 and Outlook 2007 problem (more instances)

12 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Windows 7 and Outlook 2007 problem (more instances)

I use Outlook 2007 for my emails. In Windows XP and Windows Vista after all upgrades worked everything ok. But in Windows 7 I have (and my friends too) small problem.

I use the Outlook always minimized in a tray list (right bottom bar). I ussually launching Outlook with a button on my keyboard or by doubleclick to icon on desktop. In all ways are turning on a new instance of outlook. In process list is there only one instance OUTLOOK.EXE, but if I close a new window, then tray icon is still there and after I doubleclick on that icon and close a Outlook 200, then icon disapear.
If I run Outlook 10 times by button on my keybord I need to close 10 times Outlook to definitely turn it off.

I have legal Windows 7, legal Outlook 2007 and all upgrades.
Thanks for help.

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12 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Why would you need to run Outlook more than once? Once it's open just leave it open but minimized. Don't keep re-opening it
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12 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I no need to open it more than once.
I just want to maximize actually opened (minimized) instance after button on keyboard click, or after click on icon on desktop.

Yes, i can maximize it from tray list, but I want to use a different way (keyboard shortcut is better ). And in Windows Vista this worked perfect.
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12 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

If you open Outlook (just one instance of it!), you should see an Outlook icon in the status bar (bottom right of screen).

If you right-click on that, you can choose the option "Hide When Minimized." Now go ahead and minimise Outlook - there should be no icon in the taskbar, but the icon in the status bar will still be there. If you double-click that, or right-click it and go to "Open Outlook", your one existing Outlook session should re-open, which I think is what you want.

If, however, you click an Outlook icon in your quick launch bar, or on the desktop, you will indeed open another parallel Outlook session. If you use the "Hide When Minimized" option and manage Outlook from the status bar, it should all work normally without loads of Outlooks all running at the same time.

What is the keyboard shortcut you are using?


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12 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Logitech Cordless LX710 is keyboard what i am using. Button is in the top-middle of keyboard.

That checkbox (Hide when minimized) i have checked. But I need to have checked it. Because I want to hide a icon from taskbar but I want to have icon on tray list.

For explatin: I think that we ment the same things with these words:
quick launch bar = taskbar
status bar = tray list

So the all thing what I want is to launch the same instance of Outlook what I already have launched from quick launch bar/taskbar/desktop/keyboard and I dont wont to open it only from status bar/tray list.

In Windows XP and Windows Vista with all upgrades worked after Office SP2. Now I have Office SP2 ant all others upgrades, and this bug is still here.
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12 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

I read your post twice and I just don't understand.
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12 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by inetMark View Post
Logitech Cordless LX710 is keyboard what i am using. Button is in the top-middle of keyboard.

That checkbox (Hide when minimized) i have checked. But I need to have checked it. Because I want to hide a icon from taskbar but I want to have icon on tray list.

For explatin: I think that we ment the same things with these words:
quick launch bar = taskbar
status bar = tray list

So the all thing what I want is to launch the same instance of Outlook what I already have launched from quick launch bar/taskbar/desktop/keyboard and I dont wont to open it only from status bar/tray list.

In Windows XP and Windows Vista with all upgrades worked after Office SP2. Now I have Office SP2 ant all others upgrades, and this bug is still here.
It's harsh to call it a bug - it is an inconvenience to you but suits most people.

We need to get our ducks in a row here. The quick launch bar, disabled by default in 7, lives bottom left; the task bar is in the middle; status bar on the right. They are all doing different jobs. You can use the options I specified to launch your single instance of Outlook from the status bar; using the quick launch bar will always launch a new instance on top of the one already running. Clicking on the task bar will open up the instance that's already running.

Can you re-map the key on your Logitech keyboard to a different command? And do you have the latest software/drivers for it?
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12 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate (64)
 
 

Off Topic: clunkfish, I'm enjoying your user name, it's damn near as weird as mine!
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12 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Of course I can change a command on my Keyboard. But why? What I need to set there?

Sorry for my english...

Quick launch is really in Windows 7? I didn't know that. So that is reason why I ment that by quick launch you mean new task bar, where can be icons of turned off applications.

But back to the reason of my post.
Why is it harsh to call it bug? In Windows Vista have Outlook same behavior but after SP2 it was fixed. Tell me only one usefull thing what is good for this behavior. Just one. There is no one.

I just want to have only one icon. That icon I need to have in tray list/status bar. This icon i don't use and it is just information for me, that Outlook is running. I don't want to have icon/button in task bar (only when application is maximized - that is reason why I use checkbox "Hide when minimized").

I just don't understand why it is working now by different way like in Windows Vista.
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12 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

There is an excellent tutorial on this site that will show you how to enable the Quick Launch bar.

Basically, if I understand correctly, everything's working fine and the only problem is that your keyboard shortcut key launches a new instance of Outlook rather than switching focus to an already running instance.

Have you updated your keyboard software to the Windows 7 version, using the link I posted?

According to Logitech, you can assign pretty much anything you want to the keyboard special keys using their Setpoint software. I have a similar thing on my keyboard (a Microsoft jobbie), and when I hit the Mail button it switches focus to Outlook if it's running, launches it if it's not. It doesn't start up further parallel instances of Outlook. Please try updating your Logitech software if you haven't already, then look in the settings and see what the Mail button is set to do - a screenshot of that would be very helpful in diagnosing the problem.
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