Import or Extract Outlook Emails into Word doc using VBA

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In this tutorial I'll show you how to import or extract Outlook emails into a Word document using VBA. Importing emails from Outlook into Word (or Excel) can help you analyze the data. You can trigger this from your Excel worksheet.

import outlook emails into word document using vba

Before you start writing the macro, make sure you have access to Ms-Outlook. You must create an account first.

Open Excel and save the file in ".xlsx" format. This will allow you write the 'macros'.
Next, press Alt+F11 keys to open VBA editor. Alternatively, from the the top menu, select "Developer" menu and click "Macros". Create a Module to write the macro.

Get access to Ms-Outlook in Excel using VBA

To get access to Ms-Outlook objects and properties, you'll have to add a reference of Outlook in your VBA project.

👉 Follow these steps to add a reference of the Outlook object in your VBA project

In the top menu find Tools and choose References….

Tools reference in VBA

In the References dialog box, find Microsoft Outlook 16.0 Object Library", click the Check-box and press OK.

Note: If you are using Office 2007, add Microsoft Outlook 12.0 Object library.

Microsoft Outlook Object library reference

Import Outlook emails into Word doc

Option Explicit

Public Sub parseOutlook()
On Error GoTo ErrHandler
    ' Set Outlook application object.
    Dim oOutlook As Object
    Set oOutlook = CreateObject("Outlook.Application")
    ' Create and set a NameSpace object.
    Dim oNSpace As Object
    Set oNSpace = oOutlook.GetNamespace("MAPI")
    Dim outlookFolder As Object
    Set outlookFolder = oNSpace.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox)
    ' ***** WORD object.
    Dim oWord As Object
    Set oWord = CreateObject(Class:="Word.Application")
    oWord.Visible = True

    Dim oDoc
    Set oDoc = oWord.Documents.Add

    ' Create a range for the Table inside Word doc.
    Dim oRange
    Set oRange = oDoc.Range

    ' Table structure using Rows and Columns.   (showing all the rows and just four columns.)
    oDoc.Tables.Add oRange, outlookFolder.Items.Count, 4

    ' Create a Table object.
    Dim oTable
    Set oTable = oDoc.Tables(1)
    oTable.Borders.Enable = True       YES, table will have borders.
    Dim oItem As Object
    Dim iRows As Integer
    iRows = 2
    The table headers.
    With oTable
        .cell(1, 1).Range.Text = "From":        .cell(1, 1).Range.Font.Bold = True
        .cell(1, 2).Range.Text = "To":          .cell(1, 2).Range.Font.Bold = True
        .cell(1, 3).Range.Text = "Subject":     .cell(1, 3).Range.Font.Bold = True
        .cell(1, 4).Range.Text = "Date and Time":   .cell(1, 4).Range.Font.Bold = True
    End With

    ' Finally, loop through each item in the folder and show result in word document.
    For Each oItem In outlookFolder.Items
        Dim oMail As Outlook.MailItem
        Set oMail = oItem
        oTable.cell(iRows, 1).Range.Text = oMail.SenderEmailAddress
        oTable.cell(iRows, 2).Range.Text = oMail.To
        oTable.cell(iRows, 3).Range.Text = oMail.Subject
        oTable.cell(iRows, 4).Range.Text = oMail.ReceivedTime
        'oTable.cell(iRows, 4).Range.Text = oMail.Body
        iRows = iRows + 1
    Set oMail = Nothing
    ' free memory.
    Set oOutlook = Nothing
    Set oNSpace = Nothing
    Set outlookFolder = Nothing
    Debug.Print Err.Description
End Sub

👉 Related article: How to send Emails with Attachments from Excel using VBA and Outlook?

Let me explain the code.

First, I am creating an Outlook object using CreateObject() method, followed by a NameSpace object. With the NameSpace object, I'll have access to Outlook folders, like "inbox" etc. In the above macro, I'll access the "Inbox" folder.

Set outlookFolder = oNSpace.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox)

Outlook folder objects VBA

Next, I have created a Word object along with a Table object. Since I am importing the emails in Tabular format.


👉 If you want to learn more about creating (new), opening (new or existing) and manipulting Word documents from Excel, then you should check this post.

Finally, we loop through each "item" in the Outlook Inbox folder, extract few email details like "From", "To", "Subject" etc. and write in a Table in our newly created Word document.

That's it. Happy coding. 😀

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