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    Move a contact from one Outlook contact list to another

    After moving among quite a number of computers over the years, I find that I have two active, usable contact lists in my Outlook 2010 installation. One list, the one that Outlook automatically checks when I start an email address, is a short, edited, current contact list. The second list, which I have to access manually (it appears as an available folder under the 'my contacts' list when I click on the contacts tab) is long, with many old and no longer useful entries. However, I occasionally discover an entry in the old list that I would like to copy to the new one.

    I haven't found a way to do this, however. I can copy the old contact, but there doesn't seem to be a way to paste it into the new contact list. Of if there is, I haven't found it.

    Any suggestions? This is probably very easy, once you know the trick.

    Thanks.

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    I don't think it is possible to move contact from one list to another in outlook. It's better to keep both the list. Any ways, I have been working in Sharepoint Development for a long time and found it very interesting. You can do the same very easily here.

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    The short list is called the Autocomplete Cache and previous versions stored it in a file with an .nk2 extension: Understanding Outlook's Auto-Complete Cache (*.NK2)

    There's a very capable free utility (since two years ago, with frequent updates) which allows full control of its contents (even for Outlook 2010): NirSoft N2KEdit

    (There are a couple of alternative utilities but one is very old and the free version of the other has restrictions. I don't think there's any other way to edit that file.)

    But if you only need to add or delete a few addresses to/from autocomplete, just add them at To: (or press Delete) and don't send the message.

    Just to confuse matters; Outlook 2010 also has Suggested Contacts: Suggested Contacts and Auto-Complete Lists

    I think you were referring to the autocomplete cache, but Suggested Contacts are fully explained here: Suggested Contacts in Outlook 2010

    Bruce
    Last edited by BruceR; 2012-08-03 at 12:16.

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    I too have several folders of older contacts, underneath my main contact list. I am assuming that that is what you have? When I want to add one from another, all I do is right click on the contact and drag it to the folder that I want, and select copy. Simple enough. You can even move/copy multiple contacts this way.
    Thanks John
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    Great information

    Thank you, BruceR, for that detailed information, and also, t8ntlikly, for your suggestion. I think these get me where I need to go.

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