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    Sharing outlook folders

    We have two computers in the office and would like to share outlook on both, so we can both have access to sending and receiving our mail withiut having two different accounts.
    Is there a way for us to accomplish this task.
    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: Sharing outlook folders

    depends on your defination of sharing.

    A pst is can not be used by two outlooks at once. you can share a pst only if you only open one outlook and close it before opening the other.

    you can set outlook to leave mail on the server and download it from both computers. set up both outlooks using the same.

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    Re: Sharing outlook folders

    Mary,

    That sounds like a solution that would work for us and now I have to ask you how do I go about sharing the pst files between the two computers.
    Or is there a third party software that would also do the job for us?
    Thanks again

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    Re: Sharing outlook folders

    first off, are the computers networked? they need to be if you want to share the pst. Put the pst on a drive both computers can see and map the drive. Point outlook to use the pst on the mapped drive.

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    Re: Sharing outlook folders

    Mary,

    Hope you haven't forgotten bout me?

    Thanks for the info, but now I can't even get Outlook 2000 to load. I did a reinstall but each time I try to open the program it just freezes.....any suggestions

    Also you said to point outlook to the pst file on the shared drive but alas I'm not sure what you mean by that.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Sharing outlook folders

    Outlook 98 and 2000 come with an Add-In called Netfolders. Maybe this is way for you to share your folders. You can find more information on using Netfolders at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/netfolders.htm>http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/netfolders.htm</A>

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    Re: Sharing outlook folders

    do any of the other office programs have problems loading? did you install anything besides office recently?

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    Re: Sharing outlook folders

    Just remember that netfolders is dropped from OLXP.

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    Re: Sharing outlook folders

    and they are buggy in earlier versions.

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    Re: Sharing outlook folders

    From this, should I assume Netfolders should not be used in preference to other options, we are looking at alternatives to ACT. (Just testing the water really, as Act does what we need very well.)
    Granville

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    Re: Sharing outlook folders

    if act meets your needs, use it. netfolders is a poor substitute.

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    Re: Sharing outlook folders

    Right on. OL is OK as a single user PIM, but doesn't come close to any contact managers in a workgroup mode without substantial re-working. Smartsales.com offers an OL customization that seems to be better than most that are out there. You might want to look at their demo to get a feel for what can be done.

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    Re: Sharing outlook folders

    not entirely true - outlook was designed to work with exchange server for collabration.
    standalone users are expected to only need a standalone pim, so sharing features were not added.

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    Re: Sharing outlook folders

    MaryJ,

    I have just checked all of the other office apps and they all load and work fine.
    The only install I have done is to reinstall Office 2000 and the reason I did the reinstall is because of the same problem.
    Any more suggestions for me.

    As a sideline, what would you suggest for our office (three computers) that would enable us to all access the mail, contacts, subfolders, etc...so we all have identical data on all computers.
    Thanks.

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    Re: Sharing outlook folders

    I use Outlook (98 then2000) exclusively on a Peer-Peer Network of 14.
    We all share Contacts, Calendar, and Notes.
    It has worked VERY well for three years.
    Take Care,
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