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How to auto create a dear sender’s name when replying message in Outlook?

When replying email message, you should type the sender’s name and greetings manually. To save time and improve work efficiency, you may consider creating a dear sender’s name and greetings automatically in Outlook. This article, I will talk about some useful methods for solving this task in Outlook.

Create a dear sender’s name and greetings automatically when replying message with VBA code

Create a dear sender’s name and greetings automatically when replying message with Kutools for Outlook


Create a dear sender’s name and greetings automatically when replying message with VBA code

The following VBA code can help you to auto insert a dear sender’s name and greetings when replying an email message, please do as this:

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, double click ThisOutlookSession from the Project1(VbaProject.OTM) pane to open the mode, and then copy and paste the following code into the blank module.

VBA code: Auto insert a dear sender’s name and greetings when replying:

Public WithEvents GExplorer As Outlook.Explorer
Public WithEvents GMailItem As Outlook.MailItem
Private Sub Application_Startup()
    Set GExplorer = Outlook.Application.ActiveExplorer
End Sub
Private Sub GExplorer_SelectionChange()
    Dim xItem As Object
    On Error Resume Next
    Set xItem = GExplorer.Selection.Item(1)
    If xItem.Class <> olMail Then Exit Sub
    Set GMailItem = xItem
End Sub
Private Sub GMailItem_Reply(ByVal Response As Object, Cancel As Boolean)
    AutoAddGreetingToReply Response
End Sub
Private Sub GMailItem_ReplyAll(ByVal Response As Object, Cancel As Boolean)
    AutoAddGreetingToReply Response
End Sub
Sub AutoAddGreetingToReply(Item As Object)
    Dim xGreetStr As String
    Dim xReplyMail As MailItem
    Dim xSenderName As String
    Dim xRecipient As Recipient
    On Error Resume Next
    If Item.Class <> olMail Then Exit Sub
    Set xReplyMail = Item
    For Each xRecipient In xReplyMail.Recipients
        If xSenderName = "" Then
            xSenderName = xRecipient.Name
        Else
            xSenderName = xSenderName & "," & xRecipient.Name
        End If
    Next xRecipient
    Select Case Time
           Case 0.3 To 0.5
                xGreetStr = " Good morning!"
           Case 0.5 To 0.75
                xGreetStr = " Good afternoon!"
           Case Else
                xGreetStr = " Good evening!"
    End Select
    With xReplyMail
        .Display
        .HTMLBody = "<HTML><Body>Dear " & xSenderName & ",</HTML></Body>" & xGreetStr & .HTMLBody
    End With
End Sub

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3. Then close the Outlook and restart it to take the code effect, and now, when you reply an email message, a dear sender’s name and greetings are inserted into the body automatically, see screenshot:

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If you have Kutools for Outlook, with its Add greeting when reply feature, Outlook will auto insert the sender’s name when replying.

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After installing Kutools for Outlook, please do as this:

1. Click Kutools > Options, see screenshot:

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2. In the Options dialog box, under the Reply tab, check Add greeting when reply option, and then enter the greetings as you need, see screenshot:

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3. Then click OK to finish this setting, from now on, when replying a message, the greetings will be created automatically in front of the message body, see screenshot:

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Hi skyyang,

I need the macro to insert only the first name of the person I receive the email from. Not all the names from CC, but not to remove anyone. Also, to maintain my default color scale (R: 31, G: 73, B: 125) and font size (11 pt) with an additional line after the sender name. Please help me with this. Thanks in advance
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Bonjour,
Puis je avoir le code VBA pour insérer "Bonjour prénom," seulement ???

Merci de votre aide.
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Hello, Nicolas
Please apply the below code:
Public WithEvents GExplorer As Outlook.Explorer
Public WithEvents GMailItem As Outlook.MailItem
Private Sub Application_Startup()
    Set GExplorer = Outlook.Application.ActiveExplorer
End Sub
Private Sub GExplorer_SelectionChange()
    Dim xItem As Object
    On Error Resume Next
    Set xItem = GExplorer.Selection.Item(1)
    If xItem.Class <> olMail Then Exit Sub
    Set GMailItem = xItem
End Sub
Private Sub GMailItem_Reply(ByVal Response As Object, Cancel As Boolean)
    AutoAddGreetingToReply Response
End Sub
Private Sub GMailItem_ReplyAll(ByVal Response As Object, Cancel As Boolean)
    AutoAddGreetingToReply Response
End Sub
Sub AutoAddGreetingToReply(Item As Object)
    Dim xReplyMail As MailItem
    Dim xSenderName As String
    Dim xRecipient As Recipient
    On Error Resume Next
    If Item.Class <> olMail Then Exit Sub
    Set xReplyMail = Item
    For Each xRecipient In xReplyMail.Recipients
        If xSenderName = "" Then
            xSenderName = xRecipient.Name
        Else
            xSenderName = xSenderName & "," & xRecipient.Name
        End If
    Next xRecipient
    With xReplyMail
        .Display
        .HTMLBody = "<HTML><Body>Dear " & xSenderName & ",</HTML></Body>" & .HTMLBody
    End With
End Sub

Please have a try, hope it can help you!
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Hi.
What do i need to edit in the VBA code to include first name only and to omit the "(s)" after Dear?
Thanks
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site
Hello, Matt,
To solve your problem, the follwoing VBA code may do you a favor:
Public WithEvents GExplorer As Outlook.Explorer
Public WithEvents GMailItem As Outlook.MailItem
Private Sub Application_Startup()
  Set GExplorer = Outlook.Application.ActiveExplorer
End Sub
Private Sub GExplorer_SelectionChange()
  Dim xItem As Object
  On Error Resume Next
  Set xItem = GExplorer.Selection.Item(1)
  If xItem.Class <> olMail Then Exit Sub
  Set GMailItem = xItem
End Sub
Private Sub GMailItem_Reply(ByVal Response As Object, Cancel As Boolean)
  AutoAddGreetingToReply Response
End Sub
Private Sub GMailItem_ReplyAll(ByVal Response As Object, Cancel As Boolean)
  AutoAddGreetingToReply Response
End Sub
Sub AutoAddGreetingToReply(Item As Object)
  Dim xGreetStr As String
  Dim xReplyMail As MailItem
  Dim xSenderName As String
  Dim xRcpName As String
  Dim xRecipient As Recipient
  Dim xContactItem As ContactItem
  Dim xExUser As ExchangeUser
  On Error Resume Next
  If Item.Class <> olMail Then Exit Sub
  Set xReplyMail = Item
  xSenderName = ""
  xRcpName = ""
  For Each xRecipient In xReplyMail.Recipients
    Set xExUser = Nothing
    Set xContactItem = Nothing
    If xRecipient.AddressEntry.AddressEntryUserType < 6 Then
      Set xExUser = xRecipient.AddressEntry.GetExchangeUser
    Else
      Set xContactItem = xRecipient.AddressEntry.GetContact
    End If
    If Not xExUser Is Nothing Then
      If xSenderName = "" Then
        xSenderName = xExUser.FirstName
        If xSenderName = "" Then
          xSenderName = xRecipient.Name
        End If
      Else
        xSenderName = xSenderName & ", " & xExUser.FirstName
        If xExUser.FirstName = "" Then
          xSenderName = xSenderName & xRecipient.Name
        End If
      End If
    ElseIf Not xContactItem Is Nothing Then
      If xSenderName = "" Then
        xSenderName = xContactItem.FirstName
        If xSenderName = "" Then
          xSenderName = xRecipient.Name
        End If
      Else
        xSenderName = xSenderName & ", " & xContactItem.FirstName
        If xRecipient.FirstName = "" Then
          xSenderName = xSenderName & xRecipient.Name
        End If
      End If
    Else
      If xSenderName = "" Then
        xSenderName = xRecipient.Name
      Else
        xSenderName = xSenderName & ", " & xRecipient.Name
      End If
    End If
  Next xRecipient
  Select Case Time
    Case 0.3 To 0.5
      xGreetStr = " Good morning!"
    Case 0.5 To 0.75
      xGreetStr = " Good afternoon!"
    Case Else
      xGreetStr = " Good evening!"
  End Select
  With xReplyMail
    .Display
    .HTMLBody = "<HTML><Body>Dear " & xSenderName & ",</HTML></Body>" & xGreetStr & .HTMLBody
  End With
End Sub

Please have a try, hope it can help you!
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Hello
Thank you for the suggestions, although it does not work. I wish to include the first name only and to omit the "(s)" after Dear?
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Hello, Matt,
The above code works well.
First, you must make sure the recipient address has been added into the Contact folder in your Outlook.
If the recipient isn't in the Contact folder, when you applying this code, the full nae will be displayed.
Thank you!
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Hello

Thank you for your reply! I will add contacts to my folder. I was wondering if there is a way to always display the first name only, even without contacts within my folder. For context, I work at a large university, and would be difficult and time-consuming to find all staff members individually.
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Hello, Matt,

Sorry, if you haven't added the contact to the contact folder, the code will not get the recipient's first name.
Thank you!
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Hi.
What do i need to edit in the VBA code to include first name only and to omit the "(s)" after Dear?
Thanks
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Dear Team,

If I have set up the above configuration however, if I am replying to an email that has multiply recipients in the To, the greeting is not defaulting. How do I achieve this?
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Hello, Wesley,
Yes, as you said, if there are multiple recipients in the To field, the greeting will not be inserted by default.
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