Can I merge two Contact lists from separate inboxes?

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  1. bro67's Avatar
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    This can help with the duplicate email address problem. How to Remove Duplicate Recipients from Your Outlook Emails - Data Recovery Blog Slipstick solutions link is a good one to keep on hand. Delete Duplicate Outlook Contacts This is worth a try. Outlook LookForDuplicates download | SourceForge.net
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    Caledon Ken said:
    Way back at the start I told you how I combine address lists.

    I think jimbo told you how to do it within Outlook.

    Let me try it this way.

    Is it you can't combine the lists or you can't get Outlook to look at that list as a default?
    The latter.

    I predominantly use (for simplicity) email account "A", but every time I save a contact from an email within account "A", it saves it to be Account "B".

    For clarity, I am only running two email accounts.
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  3. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Thanks.

    So when you say save you must be adding from within an email, you are reading an email and then trying to add. I add by going to people and then I select the A account an add it there.

    I think this is a default account symptom.

    In 2013 I click File, Account Settings, Click on Account settings from drop down, click on data tab, assign default. Think this is different in newer versions but sure it is default account settings you are after.

    An excellent resource for Outlook is slipstick.com. They also have a forum as as they concentrate on Outlook I've found I get very good answers.
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    Caledon Ken said:
    Thanks.

    So when you say save you must be adding from within an email, you are reading an email and then trying to add. I add by going to people and then I select the A account an add it there.

    I think this is a default account symptom.

    In 2013 I click File, Account Settings, Click on Account settings from drop down, click on data tab, assign default. Think this is different in newer versions but sure it is default account settings you are after.

    An excellent resource for Outlook is slipstick.com. They also have a forum as as they concentrate on Outlook I've found I get very good answers.
    Ken-thanks for the reply.
    I changed the default folder but when I go to save a contact from within an email (as you correctly pointed out above), its still saves to the contacts list associated with the email I am copying from, as opposed to the default email address, which I set up per your instructions.

    Another option for me is to just move all of my contacts over to this other email address...which I can do...I just dont want lose the 100 or so categories I built up over the years that are in the "older" email and not in the newer one I am using now.
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  5. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Okay.

    Just so we are coming from the same spot. There is a default account and there is default data file. If you clicked on the data tab you should have been able to set the default data file.

    You mentioned default email address so I just wanted to be sure.

    I'm going to look through some stuff I have. I also remember something about a small registry change I made in 2013.
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  6. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    The registry change was for default account not default Data file.

    What version of outlook do you have?
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    Caledon Ken said:
    The registry change was for default account not default Data file.

    What version of outlook do you have?
    Ken-

    My apologies for the delayed reply.

    I believe it is 2016; I access via Office 365.

    Let me know if you need any additional info.
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  8. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    So you have set the default data file. When you search for names this file is presented first. If you add a contact from the people area it opens this default data file.

    It is only when you try to add a contact from within an email, and an email address that is not the default data file, that Outlook wants to put contact in the address book of this email address rather than the default data file, correct?
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