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Outlook 2007 Under Contacts Properties I can't select "contacts" as my e-mail address Book

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Topic: Outlook 2007 issue using Vista Ultimate on a Dell Precision 690 64-bit system

For Outlook 2007 as I understand it there is no PAB file anymore, but in place of that there is an OAB database.
The problem is how to access this by using my contact file.  Currently, when I initiate an e-mail, I don't have access to my contact list for the "to" or "from" or "cc" buttons.  There is no link to my contact data.  I have to enter the data manually, type the first letter of the addressee [if I know it off hand] in the field block next to say "to", or go into my contact address location and grab the e-mail address from there.  This is very annoying.  

If I go to contact properties, I see a phase show this folder as an e-mail Address Book, but it is SHADED.  Not accessible.
This is a single user system and I'm the administrator; but it is acting like I'm a guest and have no permissions to link the contact list.  
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by:RDSimpson
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I'm confused why must I respond here.  I'm looking for the solution???
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by:Netman66
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I'm confused too.

When Outlook is open, select the Address book icon next to the search field.  Or press CTRL+Shift+B.
From the Tools Menu in the Address Book, select Options.
In the lower section of the next applet (under When sending mail, Check names.....) if Contacts isn't listed press the Add button and add it in.
At the top of the same applet, you should now be able to use the dropdown and select Contacts under Show this Address list first.

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by:RDSimpson
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I got down to "when sending mai l....", the ADD button is shaded.  I'm prevented from adding "Ccntract ".
I think my permissions are limited for some reason.  I am the administrator but it appears it doesn't recognize that status.  I have found that in some programs I must use the "Run as Admnistraotor" option for the program to execute correctly.  I have tried to remove the user control option, restart, and try that.
  It just won't let me modify the OAB link ????
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by:RDSimpson
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I have spent all day, trying to figure out what my problem is.  I'm no closer to a solution.  Netman66 suggestion of adding a contact isn't available to me.  The "show this folder as an e-mail Address Book" isn't either.  I have deleted my e-mail accounts, reentered them, reloaded the Outlook connector, disabled other add-ins, etc. I think my problem is an effect not the real cause.  The cause centers around my permission status.
My next step will be to remove Outlook and then reinstall it, but I don't think that will correct my user status in Outlook eyes..
I need to execute the program under "run as an administrator" but that isn't available to me either ??????
That option under Outlook Properties is also shaded from me.
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by:RDSimpson
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Well I backup  my *.pst files, removed all my e-mail addresses, and elminiated all add-ins.  reinstalled Outlook connector and added the MSN account first, then I was able to connect my contact database to Outlok Adddress Book finally.  Finally, I  added my other business mail accounts [non-MSN].  

There was a conflict in my addi-ins, I believe that prevented me from using the procedures suggested above.
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