Using Hookmark With Microsoft Outlook

As of 2023-06-19 to our knowledge the “new outlook” released around 2020 by Microsoft still lacks AppleScript, making it impossible to obtain an ID to the content.

As noted, In Microsoft Office 2016 Outlook:

  1. Did not serve a RFC-5322 compliant ID for email messages, making it impossible to create links to emails in Outlook that worked across different instances of Outlook, even for the same user. Nor of course could those links be used between different users.
  2. Did not provide a method to find the email that matched the RFC-5322 compliant ID of an email.

However, Hookmark could at least construct links in in the 2016 version of Outlook.

Microsoft added AppleScript support to the Outlook product roadmap in Ticket 88537 which at some point was scheduled for General Availability in June 2022.

AppleScript is a language used to automate the actions of the MacOS and many of its applications. We will add support for this feature in the new Outlook for Mac.
* Feature ID: 88537
* Added to roadmap: 12/8/2021
* Last modified: 12/8/2021
* Product(s): Outlook
* Cloud instance(s): GCC, Germany, GCC High, Worldwide (Standard Multi-Tenant), DoD
* Platform(s): Mac
* Release phase(s): Current Channel, Current Channel (Preview), General Availability

If you would like to encourage Microsoft to make Outlook linkable, please get in touch with them. See
Contacting Microsoft about making Microsoft Outlook emails linkable again via AppleScript automation.

Until Microsoft re-introduces Outlook automation, Hookmark users may wish to avoid updating Microsoft Outlook, or roll back if they have updated. A Hookmark Forum member wrote “[Microsoft] removed the GUI button that allowed us to switch between old and new Outlook, but still kept it as a menu item so I was able to roll back.”.

Workaround for users using the “New Outlook” until it has automation again

Using Hookmark’s powerful search tool (⌘F in Hookmark), you can find Outlook bookmarks by typing URL:outlook and adding whatever other search terms will narrow the search. From there, you can focus on the bookmark (⌃⌘L). That allows you to see and navigate items hooked to the target email. You can also then copy the title for use in Outlook’s search (Copy Markdown Link may be handy here).

See Also

How to Get and Use Links to Email Messages