Forwarding VCF files strips field data

Posted on 2004-11-11
Last Modified: 2010-04-08
I am running Outlook 2003 with one Exchange account and 4 POP accounts.  When I try to forward a vcard, whether directly from the contact or attaching it to an e-mail, the e-mail2 and e-mail3 fields are empty.  They are empty before I send the e-mail (opening the attachment before sending).  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Question by:jfk0121
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    Expert Comment

    Hi jf, this is by design, and occurs because of the standardization of vcard across all formats. If you need to forward this info, your best bet is to send it as an outlook contact, or export your contacts to a database or spreadsheet.
    Take a look at the link below from the Internet Mail Consortium
    Best of luck

    Author Comment


    Thanks for the quick response.

    However, even a saved vcard (outlook contact), saved in a directory outside of Outlook, attached to an e-mail strips the values of only those 2 fields.

    If I read the description of a vcard correctly in the link you sent, it states e-mail addresses (plural).  Every other field in drop down menus forward fine.  Just the e-mail2 and e-mail3 are empty.  I did not have this problem with Outlook 2002.

    Is it possible to preserve the vcard format if I put it in a database?
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    Actually, you had the issue pre Outlook 2000.
    As mentioned, it is a standards issue.Documentation shows ability to store multiple types of phone numbers, but not emails.
     I have an email into IMC to see if there is a way around for you.
    In the meanwhile, if you forward the Outlook contact or export it, you can retain the multiple email addresses

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