How to Read Email in Visual Basic

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How to Read Email in Visual Basic
Read e-mail using Visual Basic. (e-mail image by Soja Andrzej from

Knowing how to read your e-mail from Microsoft Office Outlook using Microsoft Visual Basic can help you to develop powerful e-mail applications. Outlook is an e-mail management system that is included in the Microsoft Office suite. Visual Basic is an object-oriented computer programming language that is often preferred by programmers for its flexibility and ease of use. In a few steps you can create a Visual Basic Windows application that will read your Outlook inbox and display e-mail content through the console window.

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Things you need

  • Microsoft Visual Basic.NET

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  1. 1

    Open Microsoft Visual Basic Express and click "New Project..." in the left pane of the screen. Double-click "Console Application." Press "Ctrl" and "A" and then press "Delete" to remove the code that is there.

  2. 2

    Copy and paste the following code to your "Module1.vb" module to read the email items in your Outlook inbox:

    Imports Microsoft.Office.Interop

    Module Module 1

    Sub Main()
        Dim otkApp As Outlook.Application = New Outlook.Application
        Dim otkMailItem = "IPM.Note"
        Dim otkNameSpace As Outlook.NameSpace = otkApp.GetNamespace("MAPI")
        Dim otkInboxFolder As Outlook.MAPIFolder = otkNameSpace.GetDefaultFolder _
        Dim otkMailItems As Outlook.Items = otkInboxFolder.Items
        Dim otkMessage As Outlook.MailItem
        Dim iCntr As Integer
        For iCntr = 1 To otkMailItems.Count
            If otkMailItems.Item(iCntr).MessageClass = otkMailItem Then
                otkMessage = otkMailItems.Item(iCntr)
            End If
        otkApp = Nothing
        otkNameSpace = Nothing
        otkMailItems = Nothing
        otkMessage = Nothing
    End Sub

    End Module

  3. 3

    Press "F5" to run your program.

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