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    Keyboard shorcut for finding contact (Outlook xp)

    I am always clicking in the "Type a contact to find box". I assume there is a keyboard shortcut for this but I have not found one. Is ther one? Thanks.

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    Re: Keyboard shorcut for finding contact (Outlook xp)

    If you turn on Customize... and right-click that drop-down, you'll see that the caption is &Find a contact meaning that its shortcut key would conflict with the File menu shortcut key (Alt+F). Also, the options to customize the catpion and make it display were grayed out. I don't see a quick solution here...

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    Re: Keyboard shorcut for finding contact (Outlook xp)

    If the contacts folder is activated, Ctrl-E also works, though the dialog is different.
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    Re: Keyboard shorcut for finding contact (Outlook xp)

    If you click in the name of your first contact, say Adams, John and type Smith, John, it will take you directly to that contact. Works if you are searching by name as filed, rather than by company name.

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    Re: Keyboard shorcut for finding contact (Outlook xp)

    I accidentally pressed F11 the other day, and it placed my insertion point in the search box I think you're trying to hotkey to. Does that work for you?

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    Re: Keyboard shorcut for finding contact (Outlook

    Great Find!! <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> It works in Outlook 2003 as well.
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    Re: Keyboard shorcut for finding contact (Outlook xp)

    You'll find a list of all keyboard shortcuts if you type "keyboard shortcut" (without quotes) in the Help Index (or answer wizard). F11 (as found by Jefferson) is under Outlook shortcuts > For contacts.

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    Re: Keyboard shorcut for finding contact (Outlook xp)

    Thank you!! - F11 works. I have a printout of all the Outlook shortcuts - but I could not find this one - or any for opening the contacts field. F11 does it - thanks so much.

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    Re: Keyboard shorcut for finding contact (Outlook xp)

    Hi

    I'm using Office 2003. Two questions:
    1. <LI>F11 doesn't work for me, even if I'm in the Contacts view. Any ideas why not?
      <LI>I'm pretty sure this isn't possible, but what I'd dearly like is to be able to access the FindAContact box from outside Outlook. Smething like WindowsKey+R to get the Run box.
    PS: Re Alt+F not working, I'm pretty sure "underlined text shortcuts" only work if the text is visible. For example, you could make the shortcut to the FindAContact box work by display ImageAndText (except, for some reason, it's greyed).

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    Re: Keyboard shorcut for finding contact (Outlook xp)

    Dale, in the Contacts Folder F11 works for me in 2003, see graphic; the cursor is placed in the 'Type a contact to find' box.
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    Re: Keyboard shorcut for finding contact (Outlook xp)

    Dale, can you shrink your attachment down?

    From another MS Application it probably is possible to write a "Find Contact" function by instancing Outlook: I think Sue Mosher has some examples, and Word has the GetAddress method. As far as writing the code, you go first. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Keyboard shorcut for finding contact (Outlook xp)

    Hi John

    I was using a toolbar I created myself. If I display the Standard toolbar, it works (and not just from the Contacts folder).

    But I'm confused (this happens to me a lot). In the attachment, the top toolbar is "Standard" and the second is my customised toolbar. Points to note are:<UL><LI>F11 works for the "Type a contact to find" box.
    <LI>If I hide the Standard toolbar, the "Type a contact to find" box in my customised toolbar doesn't work. (It's the same object; I created it by drag-copying the one in the Standard toolbar.)
    <LI>My original search box (the one in the second toolbar, just after the Book icon doesn't display the words "Type a contact to find" (and F11 doesn't work with it.) Goodness knows where I got it from. It works okay, but obviously is slightly different.
    <LI>If I copy my "blank" search box to the Standard toolbar and delete the "Type a contact to find" one, F11 works with the "blank" one.[/list]Curious. Anyway, you've solved my "F11 doesn't work" problem, thanks. Does anyone have any ideas for question 2 (how to access the "Type a contact to find" box from outside of Outlook). Probably not possible.

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