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    Find Contact via company (2002)

    I am considering biting the bullet and getting a new machine. I would be happy but for one little problem. I currently am running Office 2000 with a little add-on for Outlook called Lighting. I use lightning dozens of times a day as it offers me a "shortcut" into any particular contact.

    Basically, I have Lightning configured so that when I hit Shift+UpArrow a little box opens with the cursor flashing in it. All I have to do is type the name of the contact, or the business, or anything else I have it configured to recognize and up comes either the contact itself or a list of all contact that fit the parameters that I typed into the box. With the list I just down arrow to the one I want and hit enter and voila. I use this ALL THE TIME.

    My problem is that Lightning's developer, Catalyst Innovations, was recently bought out by another company and Lighting is no longer supported. There is not a version for 2002. A friend, who originally told me about Lightning, just upgraded and it does not work with 2002. He is less than happy.

    I really need a new machine, but I do not want to give up the ease of Lightning. I have all sorts of things set up so that using Outlook's contact for things is the way to go. It will be a real pain for me to have to go into Outlook itself and now type the name of the contact rather than the shortcuts I have set up for them in the company field.

    Now - I guess, for my question. Does anyone know if there is any other add-on for Outlook, that is supported in 2002 that does this. Or is there any way I can amend Outlook so that the search in Outlook Today (my first screen) will search both name and company? Now, I do not have to remember which plumbers I have recently used, or what was the name of that nursery about an hour away where I got the great cheap junipers. I just hit Shift+UpArrow and type in plumber or nursery or whatever and voila.

    I will miss Lightning.

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    Re: Find Contact via company (2002)

    You might try looking at ActiveWords - although it is not quite the same product. It does have a fairly powerful Outlook engine. It also can hook in to other programs so that you can access quite a number of features etc using the equivalent of AutoComplete. HTH
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    Re: Find Contact via company (2002)

    Sounds as though the "multi-field searching" capability has been moved into a more expensive product, OutlookCRM. Maybe you could get special consideration for upgrade pricing. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Find Contact via company (2002)

    have you tried advanced find? you can save finds and put then on the outlook bar or in a folder as a shortcut.

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    Re: Find Contact via company (2002)

    Already tried it. No luck. Also, it does so much more than I need. I really wanted to keep this as small as possible. We run AutoCAD Architectural Desktop 2002 on this machine and it is very quirky. It barely liked Lightning. I think that something as large as OutlookCRM would probably give Desktop a case of the heebee jeebies.

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    Re: Find Contact via company (2002)

    Thanks - but that is more work than going through the contacts themselves. I really like the shortcuts that I have created. I think that I will just put the shortcuts in the name field and the Name in the Company Field and use Find as it stands. Most of the things I have shortcuts for I would never use in a mail merge, so it won't be that terrible. I just want my Lightning for 2002 <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Find Contact via company (2002)

    I spent about 20 minutes looking at Outlook's native Find method, and although one could use it to check two fields at once, it really wants you to enter the whole field, not, for example, the first word of a company name. Weak.

    After much floundering, I found this web page: Tips and Tricks for Outlook 2000 and customized my toolbar with the referenced control. In my case, it searches my PAB instead of my Contacts folder; it seems to be a kind of Address Book search. Does this exist in 2002 and does it work for you?
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    Re: Find Contact via company (2002)

    I don't have 2002 yet. I am ordering my new machine within the week. I was just hoping that there might be some way to so what lightning did for me. What a great little program that is. Too bad it is no longer being supported. It even had something as "stupid" (but so useful) as a continual calendar. If you wanted to count 17 weeks from Thursday you could just hit Shift+UpArrow and count. It was aptly named Lightning.

    I have decided to make a 2nd contact for those with shortcuts that I will use for mail merge and add my shortcut to the name field and work with that saving the 2nd just for the mail merge. A work around but still doable.

    <img src=/S/bow.gif border=0 alt=bow width=15 height=15> Thanks for your and for everyone else's help. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Find Contact via company (2002)

    that field is on the advanced toolbar by default. i thought it only searches by name, but never tried it for anything but names.

    in ol2002 the find field (enabled using the find button on the toolbar) is persistant and only as tall as needed for the field, so you can leave it turned on. i believe this searches all fileds, but i never really tried it for contatcs.

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