How to modify Outlook template body using c# RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have outlook template with some content.

    I have to replace the content of template and save into drafts using

    I am using below solution.

    Outlook.Application application = new Outlook.Application();

    Outlook.MailItem mail = application.CreateItemFromTemplate(@"Some path") as Outlook.MailItem;

    mail.Body = mail.Body.replace("-","XXX"); (*** getting error in this line)


    While I am trying with above code. I got the below Error.

    Err Msg: Operation aborted (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80004004 (E_ABORT))
    Err Code: -2147467260

    I used Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook;

    Please provide me teh solution.

    Thanks in Advance!

    Tuesday, September 6, 2016 7:47 AM

All replies

  • Hi Sravanthi,

    Since your question is more related to development, I'm moving it to the dedicated Outlook for Developer forum, there you should get more professional responses:


    Ethan Hua

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    Wednesday, September 7, 2016 10:07 AM
  • Hello Sravanthi,

    The Body property of the MailItem class returns a String representing the clear-text body of the Outlook item. So, you can get the current string representation, do whatever you need with it and then set it back.

    string body = mail.Body;
    string changedBody = body.replace("-","XXX"); 
    mail.Body = changedBody;

    Also I'd recommend calling the Save method before doing anything. Take a look at the How To: Create a new Outlook message based on a template article for the sample code.

    Finally, you may find the Chapter 17: Working with Item Bodies article helpful.


    Wednesday, September 7, 2016 1:11 PM
  • >>>While I am trying with above code. I got the below Error.

    Err Msg: Operation aborted (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80004004 (E_ABORT))
    Err Code: -2147467260<<<

    According to your description, I have create one Console Application project to try to reproduce this issue, unfortunately, I am not able. Could you help us figure out which type of project you got this exception?

    Thanks for your understanding.
    Thursday, September 8, 2016 4:58 AM
  • HI

    Thanks for the Response..!!!

    I have tried with below code, when ever i try to access 'mail.body' i am getting the exception.

    If i try to read the data from inbox emails , in this case also i am getting the same exceptions.

    string body = mail.Body;
    string changedBody = body.replace("-","XXX");
    .Body = changedBody;

    I have tried calling Save method before modifying the email, in this case also i am facing same exception if i access mail.body.

    Thanks in advance...

    Thursday, September 8, 2016 5:02 AM
  • Hi David,

    Thanks for the response...!!

    I am using c# console application project

    Thursday, September 8, 2016 7:11 AM
  • Where and when do you run the code? Is it called from a service?


    Thursday, September 8, 2016 5:02 PM
  • Hi Sravanthi Ch,

    Do you always get this exception when Outlook is opened or closed? 
    Friday, September 9, 2016 1:33 AM
  • Hi David,

    Thanks for the Response....!!

    I am not getting this exception when ever i open ad close outlook.

    Below are the exception scenarios .

    • Whenever i try to Access any folder(inbox,drafts..etc) email body in c# console application , i am getting the exception.
    • I have created one mail item from template,when ever i try to modify the body of the email ,i am getting the exception.
    • If I check Mailitem properties CC,BCC and few other properties are also throwing same exception

    I am able to access Mail.subject of all the emails without any issue.

    Most of the properties are throwing exception Other than Mail.Subject .

    Thanks in Advance...

    Friday, September 9, 2016 4:57 AM
  • Hi Eugene,

    Thanks for the response...!!

    I am not calling .exe from Service.

    I am manually running exe on my machine.

    which has outlook2013 and VS 2010 and .net framework version 4.0.

    Thanks in advance...

    Friday, September 9, 2016 5:52 AM
  • Hi Sravanthi Ch,

    According to your description, I suggest that you could run your project on an other machine? Do you get same issue?
    Monday, September 12, 2016 1:42 AM
  • Hello Sravanthi,

    The Code you wrote is perfect and it will work just as you desire if you remove the tiny error you created. I really don't know why people are giving such high level solutions for this issue.

    Well the error you made is the 'r' in the mail.Body = mail.Body.replace("-","XXX"); will be a capital 'R' and not a small 'r', as defined in the used library. Just make that change and your code will execute just fine. :) 

    Tuesday, April 10, 2018 11:16 PM