Opening archived messages from shortcuts fail: Contact your administrator

Opening archived messages from shortcuts fail: Contact your administrator

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While attempting to open an archived message in Outlook via Shortcut, the following error is generated in the form of a pop-up: 

Error Message

"The custom form could not be opened. Outlook will use an Outlook form instead. The form required to view this message cannot be displayed. Contact your administrator"


By default, the Enterprise Vault Outlook forms are stored in the Personal Forms library.  In some instances, these forms are either not downloaded properly or have some underlying problem. 


To resolve this, the forms cache can be cleared or the forms can be deleted. 

In Outlook 2010, follow the steps below:  

  1. File | Options | Advanced | Custom Forms | Manage Forms
  2. Click the Clear Cache button
  3. Close and Re-open Outlook and try again

If the problem persists, perform the following: 

  1. Delete the Enterprise Vault forms listed under Personal Forms and close Outlook
  2. On the EV server, open the Vault Administration Console
  3. Expand Policies | Exchange | Desktop and go to the Properties
  4. Select Advanced tab, then in the drop down menu, choose Outlook
  5. Confirm the setting Deploy Forms Locally is set to Always

  6. Synchronize the mailbox after changing the policy setting
  7. Open the shortcut

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