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How do I turn off automatic phone number formatting in Outlook/ change the format?

I have what may originally sound like a superficial question, but is really more troubling.  My phone automatically formats incoming numbers in the following manner:

212-555-1111

When I sync my phone with outlook, the entries come in normally, but once you edit the phone number in the Contacts section, you can NEVER get the xxx-xxx-xxxx formatting, it will always autoformat it as (212) 555-1111.  Now when I sync my phone with my computer i have a mishmash of outlook formatted entries and phone formatted entries.  I would prefer the phone format, as most of my new phone numbers will be entered directly via my phone.  

How can I turn off this feature?  At the very least, how can I ensure that the formatting in Outlook is the same as the formatting in my phone?
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sunray_2003Commented:
What version of Outlook you have and what OS ?

If you have 2000 or XP OS, check what country is set in Regional and Language settings under Control panel.
I see that if you have Outlook XP (2002) and got if you have set United states in Regional and Language settings , then it is going to put the format as (222) 000-0000
That is by design..

May be there is a registry hack to make not to do it but having United states , it is going to do that..

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sunray_2003Commented:
Check if this can shed some more light

Microsoft Outlook Phone Numbers
http://www.slipstick.com/config/olphone.htm
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sunray_2003Commented:
I generally give a comma (,) before entering a phone number so that it doesnot do that..
But that might not be really useful for your case..
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InfoMofoAuthor Commented:
I have outlook 2003.  There is absolutely no way to have it stop formatting these numbers?  The comma solution won't help because it will still be out of sync with my phone formatting (and might even cause the numbers to be misdialed by my phone).  Can I disable dialing locations altogether?
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sunray_2003Commented:
InfoMofo,

I donot like to say IT IS NOT Possible without doing enough testing..
I donot have OL 2003 so cannot do any tests real time. I shall research some more and let you know what I find..

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sunray_2003Commented:
I would think one way that might solve the issue is to create a custom contact form (by yourself) and then entering phone details and other info.

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mark-waCommented:
Not sure if this is the same in Outlook 2003, but check this...

Go to your Contacts folder, then click the Tools menu, Dialup Connection, Location Settings.  Then delete any Locations that are setup in there.  If it tries to make you set something up after that, make sure you leave everything blank (location name, area code...etc).

This may not be exactly the same in Outlook 2003, but there has to be similar settings.

Hope this helps.

Mark
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InfoMofoAuthor Commented:
I can't delete it, and when I blank everything it won't let me save (it says that the area code field can't be blank).

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meintsiCommented:
The format you are trying to change, to my knowledge, can't be changed.

I would try looking in the customer support area of your phone's manufacturer for the fix.  This kind of error leads me to beleive that the problem is in the translation/conversion portion phones syncing software and not Outlook.
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InfoMofoAuthor Commented:
Actually, after tweaking with the calling profiles, as suggested by Mark, I tried SEVERAL of the dialing locations.  Finally, I got to "International Freephone Service", which seems to place no restrictions on the phone number formatting.  As Mark's answer put me on the right path, I've awarded the correct answer to him.  Thanks!
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mark-waCommented:
Thank you for the points InfoMofo.  I appreciate it.  Hope things keep working well for you.

Mark
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