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    Re: Outlook Contacts as Flat-File Database

    i used to do it your way, but now i use categories and filter in views. in some ways, different folders is better, if you don't want ot use the folder as an email address book.

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    Re: Outlook Contacts as Flat-File Database

    I'm really envisioning these little databases as holding different kinds of info. Not contact info, really. Computer tips (where fields would be tip title, program the tip is for, then the tip itself), Subscriptions (print or email, company name, date of renewal, etc.), Credit Card info, etc. So keeping it in a "contact-like" form doesn't work as well as I'd like. As far as separating out contacts into views, I do as you do. I keep everything in my contacts folder, use categories, then slice the data that way.

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    Re: Outlook Contacts as Flat-File Database

    post in mail folders using customized post forms. if you can find the diary form, it's a good example of using post.

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    Re: Outlook Contacts as Flat-File Database

    Sorry to bother. But I did a quick look around for a diary form, Outlook, my hard drive, slipstick, microsoft's website, references here on WOPR. Didn't find anything. Any idea where I might find it?

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    Re: Outlook Contacts as Flat-File Database

    looks like diary is missing but class notes is similar. diary had a dropdown for selecting your mood though. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> recipe is a good one too - it has a lot of extra fields.
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.slipstick.com/addins/mssampleapps.htm>http://www.slipstick.com/addins/mssampleapps.htm</A>

    the only difference between any of the forms listed is what type of form they are. some may mention for using in public folders, but all are installed using a pst and can be used by any outlook user. they all work in any outlook version (but removing them from IMO mode is harder if installed to your own pst)

    file > open the pst (it's installed in the office folder on your drive) and select the folder then actions menu and select the form name. file > close to get rid of the pst when you are done playing.

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    Outlook Contacts as Flat-File Database

    I find Notes to be essentially useless. What I really want are little flat-file databases. I could whip them up in Access, but it seems like overkill. There will be nothing more than 3-10 fields. I also really want them in my PIM which remains open all the time.

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    Re: Outlook Contacts as Flat-File Database

    Excellent! Thank you so much. This will be very handy. And, it had not even occured to me to put these things in a diffent PST so I don't clutter up my main PST with forms, etc. I know you were talking about experimenting in different PSTs, but I could make a database PST and just leave it open. Very interesting... Thanks again.

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    Re: Outlook Contacts as Flat-File Database

    For whatever reason you don't want to use Access, here's something cool with Outlook and Access. You can use the Access 2000 built-in link to Exchange/Outlook folders or download the Access 97 version, and while keeping your data in Outlook's PST files, you'll be able to create and run reports in Access. Depending on what you are doing, you may find this pretty slick.

    (In an Access Database, choose FILE, Get External Data, then choose Link Tables. One of the "Files of type" you can choose from is Exchange or Outlook.)

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