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Deleting duplicate contacts from Outlook Contacts folder

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I was asked to "cleanup" Outlook Contact Folder that has duplicate records of the same contacts.
I suppose someone in the past "imported" or copied over the same contacts - creating duplicates.

There is almost 6000 contacts there now where half of it are duplicates.

Is there a quick way to delete the duplicate contacts that someone knows of? Not really eager to click highlight and delete 3000 times :)
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Edwin Hoffer earned 2000 total points
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Dear User
There are several ways due to which duplicates are created in the Outlook. I found an informative article on google i.e troubleshoot Duplicate Outlook Contacts discussing the manual method to remove Outlook duplicate contacts.

You can also use a trusted 3rd party tool i.e. Outlook duplicate contacts remover as refered in the article to save your time. It can do your work efficiently and easily.

Thanks & Regards
Edwin Hoffer
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If this was me commissioned for this job, I would export out all the contacts first. Then make a test profile and import without duplicates. Track the number differences. Outlook does a great job of taking away all the dupes. If you see that this worked well, then go back to the orig profile and delete the contacts and import in the good ones from the test. I do a CSV backup and PST backup just in case. Some folks are nervous about their contacts, categories, notes, etc.
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I used the systool outlook duplicates remover - worked great - $29 is better than hours of deleting manually.
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