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is there a way to have "contacts" sort by last name by default?

Posted on 2004-10-20
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when open outlook 2000 or 0utlook 2003 and go to "tools" --> "address book" and in "Show Names From the: drop down list choose "Contacts" is there a way to list/sort by last name? under the name option it is firstname lastname; the display name shows however you entered the information in the "display as" filed when creating the contact. the GAL displays the information as lastname, firstname and i need to change the view in the contacts list to have the same view.
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by:sunray_2003
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Are you sure in that location it is showing as first name last name

For me in my OL 2002, it is

name                       Display name

lastname, first name       whatever in the displayas field
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Try this
open outlook
go to tools --> email accounts --> view or change existing directories or address book
click on outlook address book
there select file as ( as file as is last , first)
press OK
close outlook

open again and check if it would show last name, first name
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by:DVation191
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In Outlook 2000, go to Tools > Services. Click "Outlook Address Book". Click the "properties" button.
Change the "Show names by" to "File as (Smith, John)"
Click OK.

CLOSE Outlook
Start Outlook again, and when you go to compse a new email and hit the "to" button, you'll see that the contacts are sorted last name first.
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by:jwashington1504
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yes i would send you a screen shot if i could :) everyones is firstname, then last name and i have a whole location of users that want to change it.  only in contacts list from the address book view, if you just click and open contacts from the main bar the boxes are in last name first name if you have gone into email properties and set them that way.  

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by:jwashington1504
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i have 1 user that is 2000 everyone else is 2003 there is not a services option in outlook 03
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by:sunray_2003
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jwashington1504,

you should be able to follow the instruction i had given in OL 2003.. cant u
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wooo hooo!! worked like a charm!!
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by:sunray_2003
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Cool..
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by:sunray_2003
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I am not sure if you needed for OL 2000 and for OL 2003.
If it is for OL 2000 then you should have used Dvation idea..

Let us know
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by:DVation191
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Sorry you said both Outlook 2000 and 2003...glad you got the problem solved.
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by:jwashington1504
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it was outlook 03 that we could not find the option in.  but both were helpfull and the points should have been split.
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by:sunray_2003
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jwashington1504,

OK. Post a 0 pt question in community support and request a mod to open this question for u.
once it is open, you can split the pts


Thanks
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by:jwashington1504
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Sunray,

you are always prompt and willing to share your knowledge, as is DVation191, he will earn points the next time he adds to one of my posts.  believe me there will be plenty of opportunity.  
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by:sunray_2003
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jwashington.

I appreciate your comments but you should also understand what other experts think. As experts  and users it would be our responsibility to see that future users and experts make benefit out of the knowledge that has been shared here.
What dvation said is a perfect solution to OL 2000 issue..

I shall post a 0 pt in CS...  
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by:DVation191
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Thank you to sunray for fighting for the experts...and thank you to jwashington1504 for recognizing them!
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by:sunray_2003
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No problem , Dvation
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I'm just glad you people are out there!! you sure save me a lot of time...faster then a text book... able to answer questions in a single day... look open your email, its a bird, its a plane, no its expert exchange techs!!

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