How to use Python to open Unread message(s) in specific Outlookfolder, clicking a hyperlink within t


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hambergcfa

Entire Project
I am very new to Python and realize my subject line is more than a mouthfuland the best way to tackle this project may be to break it down into smaller projects; but I wanted to let you know what my entire project is in the event there is/are shortcuts or more reliable ways to go about what I'm trying to accomplish.

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Every morning I receive three emails (three different subject lines) in thesame Sub-Folder ("POINT") under Folder ("Reports") in my Inbox in Outlook.Each email has two secure hyperlinks, one provides me with a site to register and the other provides a window for me to enter my password to download a .csv file.

Is there code that will open the "Unread" emails in the "POINT" folder, click the appropriate hyperlink, enter my password (the same for all emails), and download the .csv file and then run an Excel macro? I've already created the Excel macro, one for each of the different files I'm downloading.

I have no idea where to begin with Outlook and have reservations as to whether or not this is even possible.
 
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Chris Angelico

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Every morning I receive three emails (three different subject lines) in the same Sub-Folder ("POINT") under Folder ("Reports") in my Inbox in Outlook. Each email has two secure hyperlinks, one provides me with a site to register and the other provides a window for me to enter my password to download a .csv file.

Is there code that will open the "Unread" emails in the "POINT" folder, click the appropriate hyperlink, enter my password (the same for all emails), and download the .csv file and then run an Excel macro? I've already created the Excel macro, one for each of the different files I'm downloading.

Okay, taking a few steps back here.

1) You receive an email
2) That email has two URLs in it ("secure hyperlinks" means they begin
https:// ?)
3) You choose one of them as being "appropriate" - is it always the second?
4) You download the document at that URL, which requires a password
5) You then run some sort of alteration on the resulting CSV file.

Please correct me on anything I've misunderstood.

Python can certainly do all of these steps, with the possible
exception of fetching the email. Dividing the problem up into separate
steps will make the solving of it easier.

ChrisA
 
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hambergcfa

Okay, taking a few steps back here.



1) You receive an email

2) That email has two URLs in it ("secure hyperlinks" means they begin

https:// ?)

3) You choose one of them as being "appropriate" - is it always the second?

4) You download the document at that URL, which requires a password

5) You then run some sort of alteration on the resulting CSV file.



Please correct me on anything I've misunderstood.



Python can certainly do all of these steps, with the possible

exception of fetching the email. Dividing the problem up into separate

steps will make the solving of it easier.



ChrisA

Thanks a lot ChrisA! You are correct with everything except that the loginhyperlink is always the first link and the second one is the link to register.
 
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Chris Angelico

Thanks a lot ChrisA! You are correct with everything except that the login hyperlink is always the first link and the second one is the link to register.


Okay!

(Digression: You seem to be using Google Groups. Please read
http://wiki.python.org/moin/GoogleGroupsPython before posting further,
to avoid antagonizing the list's best responders.)

The first step is to figure out how to retrieve the email. You may
want to tweak your setup to make this easier. The next thing I'd do
would be to port the macro to Python. Everything in between is fairly
easy.

ChrisA
 
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hambergcfa

On Thursday, August 1, 2013 2:32:55 PM UTC-4, Chris Angelico wrote:

1) You receive an email

2) That email has two URLs in it ("secure hyperlinks" means they begin

https:// ?)

3) You choose one of them as being "appropriate" - is it always the second?

4) You download the document at that URL, which requires a password

5) You then run some sort of alteration on the resulting CSV file.

Please correct me on anything I've misunderstood.

Python can certainly do all of these steps, with the possible

exception of fetching the email. Dividing the problem up into separate

steps will make the solving of it easier.

ChrisA

Thanks a lot ChrisA! You are correct with everything except that the login hyperlink is always the first link and the second one is the link to register.

Okay!

Digression: You seem to be using Google Groups. Please read

http://wiki.python.org/moin/GoogleGroupsPython before posting further,

to avoid antagonizing the list's best responders.)

The first step is to figure out how to retrieve the email. You may

want to tweak your setup to make this easier. The next thing I'd do

would be to port the macro to Python. Everything in between is fairly

easy.

ChrisA

Thanks for the heads up ChrisA! How should I tweak my setup to make it easier to retrieve my email? I hope I'm doing this reply correctly.
 
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Joel Goldstick

On Thursday, August 1, 2013 2:32:55 PM UTC-4, Chris Angelico wrote:

1) You receive an email

2) That email has two URLs in it ("secure hyperlinks" means they begin

https:// ?)

3) You choose one of them as being "appropriate" - is it always the second?

4) You download the document at that URL, which requires a password

5) You then run some sort of alteration on the resulting CSV file.

Please correct me on anything I've misunderstood.

Python can certainly do all of these steps, with the possible

exception of fetching the email. Dividing the problem up into separate

steps will make the solving of it easier.

ChrisA

Thanks a lot ChrisA! You are correct with everything except that the login hyperlink is always the first link and the second one is the link to register.

Okay!

Digression: You seem to be using Google Groups. Please read

http://wiki.python.org/moin/GoogleGroupsPython before posting further,

to avoid antagonizing the list's best responders.)

The first step is to figure out how to retrieve the email. You may

want to tweak your setup to make this easier. The next thing I'd do

would be to port the macro to Python. Everything in between is fairly

easy.

ChrisA

Thanks for the heads up ChrisA! How should I tweak my setup to make it easier to retrieve my email? I hope I'm doing this reply correctly.

Reading outlook email, I found this:

http://timgolden.me.uk/python/win32_how_do_i/read-my-outlook-inbox.html

There is lots to find via google with 'reading outlook email with python'
 
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Chris Angelico

How should I tweak my setup to make it easier to retrieve my email? I hope I'm doing this reply correctly.


The best way is to use email, not the Google Groups interface. Start here:

http://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/python-list

You can use gmail, and it'll thread the conversations for you. (So
will many other clients, but you clearly already have gmail.) The
usual convention is to use angle brackets with quoted text, and also
to wrap your sent text to a reasonable number of characters (about 80
is common; most clients will do this for you - gmail will as long as
you send Plain Text rather than formatted, which is a good idea
anyway).

ChrisA
 

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