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    Adding contacts in Outlook (2002/2000)

    I've received an email with a list of about 100 people in the TO box, i'd like to add all of these people to my contacts is there a quick way to do this rather than individually right clicking on them and choosing add to contacts.

    Just to make things that little bit more complicated in the TO box it is showing their display names rather than their email addresses so i'll have problems copying the names out?

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    Re: Adding contacts in Outlook (2002/2000)

    I'm pretty sure there's nothing in the UI to do this. (No quick fix) It would take some code. You can get some help here on that, but it might not be worth it if it's a one time deal.

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    Re: Adding contacts in Outlook (2002/2000)

    If OldDog reckons there's no easy way, there probably isn't.

    But here's a quick and dirty way I've used before:

    Open the mail, View > Options (this will display the header info)

    Copy and paste into Word all the recipients listed after the To: which should give you something like:
    "Recipient1" <rec1@company.com>, "Recipient2" <rec2@company.com>, "Recipient3" <rec3@company.com>
    etc.

    Manually add carriage returns to get a listing thus:
    "Recipient1" <rec1@company.com>
    "Recipient2" <rec2@company.com>
    "Recipient3" <rec3@company.com>

    Search and replace all occurences of " with nothing. (a double quote mark)
    Search and replace all occurences of > with nothing.
    Search and replace all occurences of , with nothing. (a comma)
    Search and replace all occurences of < with , (a comma)

    which should give you:
    Recipient1,rec1@company.com
    Recipient2,rec2@company.com
    Recipient3,rec3@company.com

    Copy and paste into notepad, save as (eg) newcontacts.csv (selecting "All files" as the file type.)

    Back to Outlook...
    File > Import and Export ..... >
    Import from another program or file >
    Comma Separated values (Windows) . . . . .

    and Bob is your Uncle.

    You may wish to do a backup, and/or create a temporary Contacts folder to try this in first . . . .

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    Re: Adding contacts in Outlook (2002/2000)

    That's a neat workaround, will add this to the book of tricks
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    Re: Adding contacts in Outlook (2002/2000)

    Great thanks, it wasn't the quickest process in the world (especially as i'd been lied to and there were over five hundred addresses!!) but it worked like a charm. it's been duly noted and filed away thanks very much

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    Re: Adding contacts in Outlook (2002/2000)

    Leif,

    That solution was great. I have added it to my file of things I may need in the future. Now if I could only remember where I put the other such files.

    Thanks
    H Lewton

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    Re: Adding contacts in Outlook (2002/2000)

    That is pretty clever! Given the apparent interest maybe I'll work up a module to do this and post it to the board.

    btw - Did you get "Bob's your uncle" from an O'Brian novel?

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    Re: Adding contacts in Outlook (2002/2000)

    Go for it!

    Bob's your uncle is an expression I've know all my life - as I expect it will have to many - as a quick Google throws up several suggestions regarding its origin, including this from English Usage, indicating it is over 100 years old.

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