Outlook supports you to design forms, no matter the message, task, appointment or contact form. Have you ever wanted to create a drop-down list in the default forms? This article will take Contact form as an example and teach you to create a custom drop-down list.
When I create new contact, I tend to input the relationship with this contact, such as colleague, superior, friend, relative and others. In the past, I just created a new custom field called as “Relationship”, like the following screenshot:
In this case, I can type the concrete relationship info in the custom field. But I still hope that I can customize a drop-down list, which can offer my frequently used options. Thereby, I can click the down arrow and just choose the relation instead of manually typing. It will be quite convenient. After some researches, I lastly find a quick method. Here are the detailed steps.
Create a Drop-down List in Outlook Contact Form
- For a start, launch Outlook and go to Contact pane.
- Then click “New Contact”.
- In the new contact window, switch to “Developer” tab and click “Design This Form” button.
- Next you should create a new page. Take the steps below:
- Firstly turn to “(P.2)”tab.
- Then hit “Page” button in the ribbon and choose “Rename Page” option.
- Next specify a new name for this page.
- Lastly click “OK” button.
- After that, click on “Control Toolbox” button. In the new “Toolbox” dialog box, hit the “Label” icon, namely the icon with Letter “A”. Then drag the cursor to create a frame for the new label.
- Subsequently, right click on the new label and choose “Properties”.
- In the “Properties” dialog, input “Relationship” in both “Name” and “Caption” field. Optionally you can change the font settings.
- And then you ought to select the “ComboBox” icon in “Toolbox”, namely the last controls in the first line. Drag the cursor to create a combobox.
- After that, right click the combobox and choose “Properties”.
- In the following dialog, switch to “Value” tab and hit “New” button. Name it as “Relationship” and click “OK”.
- Now you can input the drop-down options and use the semicolon to connect the possible values, such as “Colleague;Superior;Friend;Relative;Others”.
- After clicking “OK”, you’ve completed creating the drop-down list. You can try to run this form before publishing it. Click “Run This Form” button in “Form” group.
- In the new screen, you can turn to “Custom” page and then check the custom drop-down list, shown as the image below:
- Now you can publish this form.
- Finally you can apply this new form to all the contact folders. Right click on a contact folder and set “When posting to this folder, use:” to the new form.
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