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Javascript to Open Outlook


Former Community Member

Please help me.

I have a Javascript code saved as a .js which runs fine in Windows but when add this script to a button in Livecycle and publish the form it does not run. Basically the javascript opens an Outlook meeting request. What am I doing wrong? My code is below:

function objappt(Subject, Start, Location, End, RequiredAttendees, Body) {


var objOL //As Outlook.Application;

var objAppt //As Outlook.AppointmentItem;

var olAppointmentItem = 1;

var olMeeting = 1;

objOL = new ActiveXObject("Outlook.Application");

objappt = objOL.CreateItem(olAppointmentItem);

// With objappt;

objappt.Subject = "My Test Appointment";

objappt.Start = "11/23/2008 9:00 AM";

objappt.End = "11/23/2008 9:45 AM";

// make it a meeting request;

objappt.MeetingStatus = olMeeting;

objappt.Location = "NSW";

objappt.Body = "Testing";

objappt.RequiredAttendees = "someone@somewhere.dom";


// End With;

objAppt = null;

objOL = null
5 Replies


Former Community Member
Acrobat/Reader security will not allow javascript to create a new ActiveXObject. Acrobat runs in a sandbox and those objects exist outside of the sand box


Former Community Member
Thanks Paul, that makes sense.

Can I then have a button on the form which when clicked runs an external .js script which will execute the ActiveXObject command?


Former Community Member
You cannot get to the outside world period. You are running in a sandbox and access to the outside world is restricted.


Former Community Member
Ok, thanks Paul. Is there a way perhaps then to extract data in the PDF form via a 3rd party app or alternatively create a web page from the pdf with the info?



Former Community Member

if you want any exiciting things to happen with the PDF document.. then reader extend to enable the functionality.

use a reader extended pdf to make a webservice call or something like that.

Or you can use a submit button to send the data as XML / URL post!