Script Errors and possible reasons of occurrence in MS Outlook

When you open any item in MS Outlook, like email message or folder or anything, you might receive a script error. But what is a script error? Let’s see:


Outlook consists of script written in Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) that can be used to create custom-Outlook forms. Also, if the user is using Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) as your mail format or you receive an HTML formatted email message, the HTML code in the message might contain an embedded script. In both the cases, the script is created by someone who wants to add functionality to a basic mail message or form.

This way at times, when you open an item or click control within an item, you might encounter an error message resulted due to custom script. This kind of error messages indicate that the custom code cannot run. This can be a result by a programming error that was made in the custom script or script that may require an additional component not installed on your computer.

In order to debug script errors, you must have in-depth knowledge of the specific script programming language and understand what code is supposed to do. For majority of users, it’s like simply clicking OK to acknowledge the error message. The item is typically displayed without custom script running to completion and you can usually see the relevant data or body of the message. You may feel like contacting the creator of form or email message and let them know what you experience while working with it.

But what are the reasons behind occurrence of Script Errors? Well, following are the reasons and situations that describe the possible reasons of occurrence of Script Errors:

Script Error while opening a message imported from Outlook Express

At times when you try opening the “Welcome to Outlook Express 5” email message in Outlook 98 or Outlook 2000, you might come across the following error message:

An error has occurred in the script on this page.

Line: 255

Char: 1

Error: Not implemented

Code: 0

URL: outbind: //12-000000002BD30EEFBF1ED411A1FC00508B9D63F504022000

Do you want to continue running scripts on this page?

You receive this error message if you import the email from Outlook Express to Outlook 98 or 2000. Now when you forward the same email to another Outlook 98 or 2000 client, the user will also receive the same error message. “Welcome to Outlook Express 5” is a sample email that is placed in your Outlook Express Inbox during the installation procedure. This email contains script that is designed to work only if you view the email message in Outlook Express.

Script Error while using the Office Supplies/Equipment Requisition Form for Outlook

While you use “Office Supplies/Equipment Requisition Form for Outlook” you might receive the following error when you post the form and send it to a mail message to your manager for approval:

Script Error

Outlook cannot do this action on this type of attachment.

Line No:47

The reason behind occurrence of this script error is that your default mail format is set to HTML that results the attachment procedure to fail in the script. Switch your default mail format to either Plain Text, or Microsoft Outlook Rich Text format.

Occurrence of Script Errors is quite common and so by keeping the above reasons in mind you can halt the occurrence on your own.

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