Outlook Contacts don't autofind

Microsoft Outlook 2002 (full product)
February 26, 2010 at 05:59:09
Specs: Windows XP
I just upgraded from 98 to XP and with it Office 2K to Office XP w/Outlook 2002.

I pulled across my pst and all the folder data including my contacts came with it. (Meaning I can click into the folders and see the info). The problem is that when I click on the Address Book Icon it tells me my Contacts have been deleted. Also, when I am typing a To address in an email the auto-find does not know of any of my contacts.

How can I fix this?


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February 26, 2010 at 06:22:55
I found this article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/319901 which solved most of the problem. The Address book icon now references my old Contacts folder but Auto Suggest does not seem to be working as it did in the past - where I could type a portion of an email address and it would suggest a bunch of matches upon my use of <Ctrl>K - all it does now is seems to want to reference Names - which are a complete match. Any thoughts with regards to how to adjust auto-complete to search my Contacts folder would be helpful.

thank you

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February 26, 2010 at 09:42:53
Outlook can't suggest contacts until it "knows" about them. It doesn't search or scan the contacts list, it learns about a new contact when it's used. You can prove this by sending an email to a contact and then the next time you start typing the same address, it'll pop-up.

To make Outlook "aware" of all your contacts, just...
1. Create a new e-mail message
2. Click the "To" button
3. Select ALL the contacts in the list as though you are sending an email to every one in your address book.
4. Click the "To" button at the bottom of the list and click the "OK" button. You should now be looking at a new email with all your contacts listed in the "TO" field.
5. Cancel the email.

That's it. Now Outlook has "seen" every contact on the list and should now suggest names when you start to type just like before...

-- kptech

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April 30, 2010 at 07:10:25
Ok, I've tried way too many things to get this working - it seems to me that Outlook really missed the mark here - and what I find really interesting is that so many people think that Ctrl-K and Autocomplete actually work! (that is - they think these tools actually search your entire address book).

Is there a HotKey from within the To field that will just search my entire address book? I don't really care how big the list or long it takes to build.

In my opinion, there seems to be no good way to find an email address while in the midst of typing an email.

My 2 cents

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