Microsoft Sample Applications

Last reviewed on November 7, 2014   —  2 comments

These unsupported form samples illustrate some of the tasks you can organize with Microsoft Outlook, especially with Microsoft Exchange Server Public Folders. Not only are they useful in their own right, but they help you learn how to build custom Outlook forms.

The forms are no longer available from Microsoft. I have copies of some, but not all, of the custom form applications. I’m working on updating the links. (Links with icons were updated.)

Each application is distributed in a Personal Folders .pst file. The main folder in the .pst file contains both the sample forms and instructions.

Apps marked with * have known problems. See OL98: Known Problems with the Outlook Sample Applications.

For useful modifications see Tips on getting the Microsoft Help Desk Sample Application (based on Outlook forms) to work.

For suggestions on the Sales Tracking sample, see Microsoft Sales Tracking Sample Application.

The installer for most of the Education samples will not work on Outlook 2002 and up, because it depends on the code in an unpublished form. The security features in newer versions of Outlook do not allow code in an unpublished form to run. Instead of the instructions provided, follow these steps after you run the program you download:

  1. Chose File | Open | Outlook Data File, point to the folder where you installed the sample, and select the sample’s .pst file.
  2. In the root folder for the sample’s .pst file, open the one item you find there.
  3. Double-click the installer .oft form attached to that item. If you get a Select Folder prompt, you can select any folder; it doesn’t matter which.
  4. Switch to the Files page of the installer form.
  5. Double-click the .oft form attachment listed under Files. This will open the sample form.
  6. Choose Tools | Forms | Publish Form to publish the sample form.

See Publishing Custom Forms for step-by-step instructions on publishing most of the forms available here.

Note: In Outlook 2007 and 2010 you need to customize the ribbon to enable the Developer ribbon in order to access the Publish Custom form button.


Corporate Calendar * Corporate Events
Corporate Travel ProfileAccount Tracking
Holiday Card List
(Instructions and screenshots)
Job Candidates
Project ManagementReal Estate Listings
Sales TrackingWeb Site Listing
Purchase Order Request 
Employee Services and Human Resources
Business Card RequestCorporate Travel Profile
Job Candidates
“While You Were Out”WYWO – alternate version
Library and Reference 
Business Card RequestHoliday Card List
Magazine Change of AddressReal Estate Listings
Valuables InventoryWine Cellar Catalog
Personal Interests
Class Notes OrganizerDiary
Diet RecordHoliday Card List
Magazine Change of AddressRecipes
Valuables InventoryWeb Site Listing
Wine Cellar Catalog
Sales and Marketing
Account TrackingClassified Ads
Project ManagementReal Estate Listings
* Sales Tracking

Apps marked with * have known problems.

Written by

Diane Poremsky
A Microsoft Outlook Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 1999, Diane is the author of several books, including Outlook 2013 Absolute Beginners Book. She also created video training CDs and online training classes for Microsoft Outlook. You can find her helping people online in Outlook Forums as well as in the Microsoft Answers and TechNet forums.

Please post long or more complicated questions at Outlookforums.

2 responses to “Microsoft Sample Applications”

  1. Rajneesh

    Can anyone help? we are a small organization with 120 employees, i want to design a Leave Management system using Outlook 2010 64 bit. Basically i want a system where store manage can apply leave by using email and HR manager should be able to approve leave by Voting Buttons. once approve or rejected sender will receive the response and accordingly Calendar will be updated. i want "LEAVE APPLICATION" Option to appear in NEW ITEMS in Home Tab. once they click "LEAVE APPLICATION", new window will appear same like "Meeting" with predefined email address and Subject, I want another form control (Radio Button) there where they should be able to check the type of leave they are applying (Annual, Sick, Maternity etc)
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