How to Create an OFT File

By Mercedes T. Green

Forms in Microsoft Outlook are stored in the OFT format. There are several standard forms available in Outlook, which are used to format email, store contacts and create appointments. You can also create your own custom forms using the forms tools. Modify the standard forms or create completely new forms to allow your customers, for example, to order parts and supplies, or answer surveys.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Outlook. Select “Tools,” “Forms,” then “Design a Form” from the menu bar.

Step 2

Select the “Standard Forms Library” from the “Look In” drop-down box in the “Design a Form” window. Choose the type of form that you want to create from the middle pane.

Step 3

Highlight the buttons and fields that you want to remove from the form. Press the “Delete” key on the keyboard.

Step 4

Select a field to add to the form from the “Field Chooser.” Click and hold the right mouse button on the field name. Drag the field to the area of the form where it will be displayed. Release the mouse button.

Step 5

Click the “New” button in the “Field Chooser” to create a new field. Type a name for the field in the “Name” box. Select a type and format from the “Type” and “Format” drop-down boxes.

Step 6

Click on the “Controls Toolbox” in the toolbar. Select and click on a control to add to the form. Click in the form to add the control.

Step 7

Click and drag existing fields and controls to new locations on the form if desired.

Step 8

Click “File” and “Save as” in the menu. Type a name for the file in the “File name” field. Select “Outlook Template (*.oft) from the “Save as type” drop-down box. Click the “Save” button.