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Syncing with Microsoft Outlook 2011 for MAC

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I am running Microsoft Outlook 2011 for MAC on my Apple iMac 21" with OSX Mavericks.
I wish to Synchronise my Apple Address App with Outlook Contacts - and Visa versa if possible.
I have set the Outlook preferences to tick the boxes for Contacts, Notes, Calendar, Tasks and  have also ticked the box to sync on my computer in Sync Services - and though a message indicates that syncing is switched on - however nothing seems to have synced. I amended a contact in Address book and created a new one but neither synced in Office 2011. Having done a Google search, I did the quitting of the plist in activity monitor as suggested but still no sync.
All I want to do is make  my Apple Address book the default and have Outlook sync with it.
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You will have to add an account in OSX mail preferences and add the email server to sync your contacts directly.
In other words you don't need Outlook to be a middle man ....

By default it will try to sync mail,calendar etc, just un-select everything except for contacts.
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Sounds good but more assistance to setup please?
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Sure. Is the a corporate or personal email account ? You can add the account by doing the following.

Go to :

System Preferences
Select Internet Accounts
Add Account

Let me know if yo get stuck after Add Account, I can find a step by step based on what type of email account you are adding.
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by:John Goodger
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Thanks - this is my personal MAC using MAC address book as my main contacts listing - over 400.I know how to add an email account in Mail but what next?
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Let me clarify. Your email server does not contact any contacts, correct ? They are only located in outlook at the moment ?

The ideal setup is to have your contacts sitting on a email server like exchange (office 365) , icloud or Yahoo.

The steps above will not help if your contacts are sitting in outlook. (sorry if I misunderstood)
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by:John Goodger
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My contacts are in MAC Address book and I have to copy them into Outlook 2011.
 The contacts are of course on Apple iCloud which does sync with the Address book
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It looks as if I will not get a satisfactory solution to my question since I learn that MAC address book syncing with Microsoft Outlook 2011 for MAC is not supported  in Mavericks?
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Correct. You might have to wait for Outlook 2014 so you can hopefully sync it with iCloud.
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Thanks for the comments - now wait & see.........
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