Update Outlook contact from within Delphi

Posted on 2013-02-04
Last Modified: 2013-02-06

Currently I use following code to find a contact in Outlook:
          ContactGevonden := False;
          for j := 1 to ContactenMap.Items.Count do
            Contact := ContactenMap.Items.Item(j);
            if (Contact.CustomerID = QRelatiesOutlook.FieldByName('Relatienr').AsString) then
              ContactGevonden := True;
          if NOT ContactGevonden then
            // Aanmaken van een nieuwe contactpersoon.
            Contact := ContactenMap.Items.Add; // (olContactItem); // as ContactItem;
            Toegevoegd := Toegevoegd + 1;

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Is there a quicker way to do this?
Question by:Delphiwizard
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ID: 38850933
You can try this...
Accessing Outlook Contacts
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Expert Comment

ID: 38851042
There would hardly be any quicker solution as you already have,  to first check contact list before adding a new outlook contact.

So I do confirm, that you are definitely on the right way with your solution...

Author Comment

ID: 38851431
Thommy, the link you posted won't work on Delphi XE2 as OfficePartner only support Delphi 7 or earlier.

I thought there might be some FIND, SEARCH or LOCATE function that could be used. So you don't have to look at each Outlook contactrecord to find it.
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Thommy earned 500 total points
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Yes, seems right, that TOfficePartner component is not developed further since Delphi 7.

If you have Outlook version 2010 and newer, you can try something like this:

function FindOutlookContact(MailAddr: string) : boolean;
  OL : OleVariant;
  SearchStr: string;
  TheNameSpace,TheContactFolder,TheContactItem : Variant;
    OL := GetActiveOleObject('Outlook.Application');
    OL := CreateOleObject('Outlook.Application');

  TheNameSpace := OL.GetNameSpace('MAPI');
  TheContactFolder := vNameSpace.GetDefaultFolder('').Items;
  SearchStr : = '[Email1Address] = ' + '''' +MailAddr + '''';
  TheContactItem := TheContactFolder.Find(SearchStr);
   if Assigned(TheContactItem) then

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Author Comment

ID: 38854758
Thank you very much, this looks promissing. But I need be be able to use it in older versions of Office too (from Office XP and up).
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Thommy earned 500 total points
ID: 38860036
As far as I know, for older Office versions there is no other solution than looping through the contact list...

Author Closing Comment

ID: 38860403
Thank you very much for your answers.

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