Open Two Different Instances Of Outlook With ExtraOutlook

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Sure, normal people only need to be connected to one Exchange server or have open only one instance of Outlook. I guess that means I am not normal! I have several Exchange servers I use daily and sometimes I need to be connected to more than one in a clip – and until now this posed a huge problem. When you try to open a second instance of Outlook it would just open it within the current context.

In plain English it would open a duplicate inbox to the one I already had open. It was doing nothing for me when I need to multi-task.

I found this tool written by a hacker called TheHammerOfGod that does EXACTLY what I needed it to do and it was also FREE.

If you have a need to launch multiple Outlook windows and you ARE NOT using advanced plugin’s like Xobni than you should definately give this a shot. It is SUPER EASY to use and for those of us that wished we had this for years will find it VERY ADDICTIVE! Check out the download here and you can Visit the HOG website here.

extraoutlook.exe

I mean this couldn’t have been easier! I wish I would have found this a hell of a long time ago!

I downloaded the executable and ran it via Windows XP. I had my initial work installation of Outlook 2003 running and Windows shot back the above syntax screen.

So I dropped to a command prompt and changed directories into my ExtraOutlook.exe folder. and ran the following command to get my second instance of Outlook 2003 going:

open two outlooks

And sure enough It worked just as advertised. It does use double the memory and processor power so this would be a no go if you are running 512MB of ram. And Outlook 2007 uses even more resources than 2003 and 2003 uses more resources than 2000 so plan accordingly!

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Anyone else use something else to run double or triple profiles of Outlook?

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Comments (49)
  • lundy

    well i had this app working last month but now whether I run it straight from a shortcut in windows or use the bat file suggestion above, the 2nd outlook and profile open and moments later the initial outlook closes. Any suggestions?
    Nothing else has changed on this laptop that I know of.

    Thanks

  • Naz

    This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks everyone. However, I have two questions – Q 1. A short while after logging on to two separate accounts, the login box pops up again. Once I have worked out by trial and error which account it is and put the password in it goes away. It happens about two or three times then settles down. Any ideas please?
    Q 2. Is there an easy way to distinguish which account is which? I want to be able to either display it on the title bar or rename the Inbox. The mailbox name is so small it gets missed.

    Cheers.

  • Ookami

    @Punit: super…
    Thanx for this info. This is a valuable utility for me and should have been a feature on Windows 7 (OF 12).

  • brabant

    Mike,

    Your setup was AWESOME. I was having trouble getting it to launch from the command line. And now I have it so it will automatically launch from a shortcut on my desktop thanks to you and extraoutlooksetup

    Thanks

  • Larry

    I’m using XOBNI- there was a reference to not being able to use Extra Outlook if you are using XOBNI. Is this true?

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