Change default Contacts folder in Outlook 2003?


I have Outlook 2003 and am not using Exchange. I also have Business Contact Manager installed.

Is there a way to change the default folder that is displayed when I click on the Contacts button?

After starting Outlook, when I click on the "Contacts" button in Outlook's left panel navigation, it always opens the standard Contacts folder first. I then have to manually click on the Accounts or Business Contacts folders in order to see them. Obviously once I have done this Outlook "remembers" the folder that was last viewed for as long as Outlook remains running.

I would prefer it to default to either the BCM Accounts folder or the BCM Business Contacts folder. Is there a way to do this?

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David LeeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Greetings, apritcha.

The default contacts folder cannot be changed.  Outlook does not permit changing any of its default folders.  war1's suggestion will allow you to open Outlook and load the folder in a separate window, but it still won't be the default contacts folder.

Greetings, apritcha !

Go to Start > Run and type

Outlook /select Business Contacts
Outlook /Buisness Contacts

Put the exact name of the contacts folder that you want open. Occasionally you'll need to use the full path to Outlook, so the command line looks like:

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office11\Outlook.exe " /Buisness Contacts

Best wishes!
apritchaAuthor Commented:
Hi war1,

Thanks for the help!!

I get the following error when I try your suggestion:

Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. The command line argument is not valid. Verify the switch you are using.

Also, would doing that permanently change the default setting?

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war1Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Andrew, I stated to put in the exact name of the folder.  It may b BCM or Buiness Contacts, or Business Contacts Manager.

No, it will not permanently change the default setting.  It will open up Outlook to specified folder.
apritchaAuthor Commented:
Hi war1,

I tried several different ways and they all gave me that error. My business contacts folder is named "Business Contacts in Business Contact Manager" and I tried using that in the command line, but with no luck. Evidently I was doing something else wrong.

Thanks for the info, though!!

apritchaAuthor Commented:
Thanks, BlueDevilFan!

I was afraid that might be the case. Oh well... it's only a minor inconvenience to switch to one of the BCM folders when Outlook opens.

Thanks for you help!!

David LeeCommented:
You're welcome.
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