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    When is a VCF not a VCF? (Outlook 2000)

    One of my colleagues attached two VCF's to an email to me. If I click on the VCF it opens as a contact, but if I then click "Save and Close" it doesn't go into my contacts database. If I try to Save Attachments to a temp directory to try the Import VCF routine, it saves as a "name.msg" format. If I change the extension to name.vcf the import routine tells me it's not a valid VCF.

    What's going on? My colleague and I both work for the same company so we both have the same (corporately mandated) version of Outlook.

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    Re: When is a VCF not a VCF? (Outlook 2000)

    Did you try dragging-&-dropping the VCFs from the e-mail into Contacts?
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    Re: When is a VCF not a VCF? (Outlook 2000)

    Well duhhhh.

    Ok that worked - chalk it up to yet another Microsoft "feature"?

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    Re: When is a VCF not a VCF? (Outlook 2000)

    If you add Contacts to a message using Insert>Item..., they are not really in VCF format. Ditto drag-and-drop. The only reliable way I see in Outlook 2000 to send a Contact record as a vCard is to highlight the Contact and choose Actions>Forward as vCard. But this is a one-at-a-time deal; you'd have to drag them into one message to send them together.

    Is there a better way?

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    Re: When is a VCF not a VCF? (Outlook 2000)

    You can (OK, I can <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>) select multiple Contacts via Ctrl-Click and then right click on of them, select Forward, and they appear to all be placed into an empty e-mail as valid VCards ...
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    Re: When is a VCF not a VCF? (Outlook 2000)

    If I do that, and then, in the new message, right-click one of the little contacts and Save As..., they are proprietary .msg files and not standards-compliant .vcf files.

    But <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15>, the Forward as vCard option is available from the Tools menu when multiple contacts are selected. I should've checked that in the first place.

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    Re: When is a VCF not a VCF? (Outlook 2000)

    I'm home on XP now, was on 2000 before, but I can create a draft message by the method I described above (Ctrl-Click multiple discontigous, right click and Forward as) and then drag and drop the contacts in the message ONE-BY-ONE (d&d multiple VCFs doesn't seem to work) into a test Contacts folder, where they are successfully created as Contacts. See if it works for you, Jefferson.
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    Re: When is a VCF not a VCF? (Outlook 2000)

    John, I'll take your word for it. I just like to send a real VCF file when I say that's what I'm sending. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: When is a VCF not a VCF? (Outlook 2000)

    I agree with you sir. I get an email with what looks like contact information, I double click and it opens in the contacts style, it even has the "Save and Close" tab at the top, so, to me, humble user that I am, it looks like a duck, it sounds like a duck, it even SMELLS like a duck, but in reality, it's another Microsoft Turkey <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23> !!

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