Can't browse custom contact list in SharePoint 2010

Posted on 2011-05-03
Last Modified: 2013-11-05
I manually created my own Contact List in SharePoint 2010 because I am building a team site for a client (which they will not have access to) and all I want to have on the team site is a list of contacts for that client. I don't want to use Active Directory but it seems like SharePoint is only able to browse AD contacts. Is this the case? I made 2 test Contacts and whenever I try to browse for them, nothing comes up but if I search for something that may be in Active Directory it comes up right away. Why is my manual contact list not searchable? I hope that makes sense. What is the best way to go about using manually created contacts and being able to browse for them anywhere in SharePoint 2010? Do people prefer SharePoint 2007 over 2010 because of its limitations?
Question by:VigilantServices
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    Expert Comment

    When you say browse for your contacts what do you mean? Contacts and users are different. For example if yoiu are assigning a task to a user, you will be able to browse your AD users, not contacts.

    Are you mixing up contacts and users?

    Author Comment

    I understand the idea of Users vs Contacts. I am simply talking about Contacts which you can manually create under a "List", which I called Client Contacts. This is where I was able to start manually inputting clients information, I created a "test" account. Contacts Details is a web part I created on a Blank Site and it let's me browse for a user (I have no clue where its pulling this information from). Whenever I search for "test" it just starts pulling test accounts from my other Domain controllers which I don't want. It never found my "test" account I manually created in my Client Contacts List. I attached a screenshot of the Pop-Up box that comes up when I try to search for any kind of Contact. This is pretty frustrating, almost seems like the Contact List I created has no ability to function with other Web Parts. How do people utilize the use of outside contacts? Sync their contacts? Where do those contacts go? I'm trying to re-learn all of SharePoint since I haven't used it since WSS 3.0. Let me know if you need more clarification. Essentially I want my own "Contact List" within SharePoint itself, without using "Users" or synching my contacts. I may not be able to do this but I just find it weird that I can't "Browse" for these contacts when the Pop-Up comes up.

    Accepted Solution

    case closed. I found out how to properly provide the correct contacts per customer

    Author Closing Comment

    Never had a concrete response from any users so I played around with SharePoint more and found out I was going about it incorrectly and had to create a Contact List per subsite.

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