If you do not want to rely on Outlook to send an email but you know that MAPI is installed, then you can also send mails with the following handy routine SendMailMAPI(). You need to add unit MAPI to your uses clause.

Note that MAPI is not always installed with Windows.

Thanks to Sven Sonderegger for improving the code with the 'SMTP:' prefix.

program MAPIMail;

uses
  MAPI;

function SendMailMAPI(const Subject, Body, FileName, SenderName, SenderEMail,
                  RecepientName, RecepientEMail: String) : Integer;
var
  message: TMapiMessage;
  lpSender,
  lpRecepient: TMapiRecipDesc;
  FileAttach: TMapiFileDesc;
  SM: TFNMapiSendMail;
  MAPIModule: HModule;
begin
  FillChar(message, SizeOf(message), 0);
  with message do
  begin
    if (Subject<>'') then
    begin
      lpszSubject := PChar(Subject)
    end;
    if (Body<>'') then
    begin
      lpszNoteText := PChar(Body)
    end;
    if (SenderEMail<>'') then
    begin
      lpSender.ulRecipClass := MAPI_ORIG;
      if (SenderName='') then
      begin
        lpSender.lpszName := PChar(SenderEMail)
      end
      else
      begin
        lpSender.lpszName := PChar(SenderName)
      end;
      lpSender.lpszAddress := PChar('SMTP:'+SenderEMail);
      lpSender.ulReserved := 0;
      lpSender.ulEIDSize := 0;
      lpSender.lpEntryID := nil;
      lpOriginator := @lpSender;
    end;
    if (RecepientEMail<>'') then
    begin
      lpRecepient.ulRecipClass := MAPI_TO;
      if (RecepientName='') then
      begin
        lpRecepient.lpszName := PChar(RecepientEMail)
      end
      else
      begin
        lpRecepient.lpszName := PChar(RecepientName)
      end;
      lpRecepient.lpszAddress := PChar('SMTP:'+RecepientEMail);
      lpRecepient.ulReserved := 0;
      lpRecepient.ulEIDSize := 0;
      lpRecepient.lpEntryID := nil;
      nRecipCount := 1;
      lpRecips := @lpRecepient;
    end
    else
    begin
      lpRecips := nil
    end;
    if (FileName='') then
    begin
      nFileCount := 0;
      lpFiles := nil;
    end
    else
    begin
      FillChar(FileAttach, SizeOf(FileAttach), 0);
      FileAttach.nPosition := Cardinal($FFFFFFFF);
      FileAttach.lpszPathName := PChar(FileName);
      nFileCount := 1;
      lpFiles := @FileAttach;
    end;
  end;
  MAPIModule := LoadLibrary(PChar(MAPIDLL));
  if MAPIModule=0 then
  begin
    Result := -1
  end
  else
  begin
    try
      @SM := GetProcAddress(MAPIModule, 'MAPISendMail');
      if @SM<>nil then
      begin
        Result := SM(0, Application.Handle, message, MAPI_DIALOG or
                     MAPI_LOGON_UI, 0);
      end
      else
      begin
        Result := 1
      end;

    finally
      FreeLibrary(MAPIModule);
    end;
  end
  if Result<>0 then
  begin
    MessageDlg('Error sending mail ('+IntToStr(Result)+').', mtError, [mbOk],
               0)
  end;
end;

begin

end.
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