Email Recipient Shortcut to Open New Email Message

How to Create a "New Email Message" Shortcut in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

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This tutorial will show you how to create or download a shortcut that will open a new email message window in your default email client program with or without a specified recipient in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.


EXAMPLE: "New Email Message" window in Outlook 2013
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OPTION ONE

To Download a "New Email Message" Shortcut


NOTE: This shortcut will open without a specified recipient to have the To: field empty. See OPTION TWO below if you want a shortcut with a specified recipient.
1. Click/tap on the download button below to download the file below.​
New_Email_Message_Shortcut.zip
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2. Save the .zip file to your desktop.​
3. Open the .zip file and extract the New Email Message shortcut to the desktop.​
4. Right click or press and hold on the New Email Message shortcut, and click/tap on Properties, General tab, and on the Unblock button.​
NOTE: If you do not have an Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you can continue on to step 5 or 6 below.​
5. In Vista or Windows 7, you can now Pin to Taskbar (Windows 7) or Pin to Start Menu, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.​
6. In Windows 8, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.​
7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .zip file if you like.​



OPTION TWO

To Manually Create a "New Email Message" Shortcut


1. Right click or press and hold on an empty area on desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.​
2. Copy and paste the location below that you want to use into the location area, and click/tap on the Next button. (see screenshot below)​
(For no specified recipient)
%windir%\explorer.exe mailto:
(To specify a recipient)
%windir%\explorer.exe mailto:EmailAddress
For example: If I wanted to have the new email message window open with JohnDoe@somewhere.com in the To: field as the recipient, I would type this below.​
%windir%\explorer.exe mailto:JohnDoe@somewhere.com
Shortcut-1.jpg
3. Type New Email Message for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)​
NOTE: You can name this anything you would like though.
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4. Right click or press and hold on the new New Email Message shortcut on the Desktop, and click/tap on Properties.​
5. Click/tap on the Shortcut tab. To the right of New Email Message, click/tap on the drop down menu, select Minimized, and click/tap on Apply. (see screenshot below)​
NOTE: This is so the command window will not be seen flashing quickly open and closed when you use the Windows Update shortcut.​
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6. Click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot above)​
7. In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the location below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)​
%ProgramFiles%\Windows Mail\MSOERES.dll
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8. Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)​
NOTE: You can use any icon you like though.​
9. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 6)​
10. In Vista or Windows 7, you can now Pin to Taskbar (Windows 7) or Pin to Start Menu, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.​
11. In Windows 8, you can Pin to Taskbar on desktop, Pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.​


That's it,
Shawn
 

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