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Setting default address book


I am using Microsoft Outlook 2003 with Business Contact Manager installed additionally. When I look at my contacts section I can see three contact categories. 1. Contacts /  2. Business Contacts / 3. Accounts.

The contacts category contain personal contacts local to my PC. The Business Contacts category contain all of the contacts which are associated with accounts within business contact manager. The accounts category conatin businesses with business contacts linked to them. The business contact manager database is installed on our server and shared to my PC.

Now, when I create a new mail message and select the TO: button, the default contact list which displays is the "contacts" list. This is really annoying because most of the time I want to email "Business Contacts". So constantly throughout the day when I am sending messages I have to select the drop down box and then select business contacts.

Is there anyway to set the default contact list to "Business Contacts" when I create a new email message and select the TO: button?

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Hi amerretz,

yes, try this
1. in Outlook click Tools on the menu
2. click AddressBook
3. in the dialog click Tools again and click Options
4. on the Addressing Tab you are able to set the order of contact lists show first

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amerretzAuthor Commented:
Wow... that was super quick. I have been looking for that setting for about 30 minutes.

Thanks very much.
glad i could help while having breakfast

if you looked for 30 minutes you will not forget it as easily :)

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