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    Lounger
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    Search & Replace in Contacts

    I have about 200 contacts from the same company which has changed its name. I can't seem to find a way to do a search of the company field in my contact list to replace the old name with the new. Surely I don't have to change each record individually. Please tell me that's not true!! Any assistance will have me grovelling with gratefulness!

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    Re: Search & Replace in Contacts

    you either need to use a macro or export to excel, change it then import.

    look at http://www.slipstick.com for macros or addins to do it

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    Re: Search & Replace in Contacts

    Thanks very much for that info. It's pretty amazing that it isn't part of the software.

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    Pete Wyatt
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    Re: Search & Replace in Contacts

    [img]/w3timages/icons/tonguea.gif[/img]I think you can change all the company names quickly. I did a test on O2K.
    Create and save one contact with the new company name.
    In contact view choose "By Company"
    In the old company group select all the names and drag them to the new company group.

    I'd do a test first on your system, but it worked just fine on mine.

    Hope that helps,
    Pete

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    Re: Search & Replace in Contacts

    I've just discovered this thread after a year. It seems to confirm that there *is* a search/replace facility in Outlook Contacts, and pretty powerful and convenient, but that it only applies to changing complete fields, and is somewhat quirky in implementation.

    I had to change a custom field, not featuring in the standard Outlook Contacts. I first chose one of the default table views (e.g. Category) then menu option View/CurrentView/CustomiseCurrentView.

    Then I selected 'Group By', then the combo box 'Select available fields from', and had to scroll down to the relevant .oft form, which was at the bottom.

    Hope this helps anyone else.

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