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    Restoring Calendar (Outlook 2003)

    I recently had a glitch in my Outlook which I cannot explain. I've restored my mail and my addresses but am having problems with the calendar. In my most recent backup.pst file I can see and even display it as "Calendar 1" if I drag it into the main personal folders list. Unlike the mail folders which I just move over as, for example "Inbox 1", delete the "real" folder, and rename the "1" folder as the original, I cannot drag the backed up Calendar file over or delete the unpopulated one. It would be too tedious to recreate each and every calendar entry manually.

    How can I get my saved calendar to be recognized as the "official" one? If I could only delete the empty one and copy the old one, all would be fine but Outlook just won't let me do this obviously simple procedure.

    Al Bentley
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    Re: Restoring Calendar (Outlook 2003)

    Have you tried setting the view of Calendar 1 to one of the list type views, selecting all items and dragging them to Calendar?

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    Re: Restoring Calendar (Outlook 2003)

    Sadly, yes and nothing works. It seems like you can't copy, paste, drag or whatever with any item that has a recurring event. Apparently there are some base items like Calendar and Contacts that no matter how you import from a saved or backup .pst they import at XXXXXXX1 and you CAN NOT delete the original even if it is umpopulated. Very annoying.

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    Re: Restoring Calendar (Outlook 2003)

    Al,

    Can you make your old, "good" calendar a sub-folder of your new, empty one? If you can, open the Calendar in the view that displays the 3-month view on the left side. You should see a "My Calendars" box. Checkmark the one that you want to view and uncheck the one that you do not. The checked calendar should move to the top and should now be your default calendar. That's what worked for me, anyway!

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    Re: Restoring Calendar (Outlook 2003)

    Thanks. I found that out early and spent about four hours yesterday with CALENDAR and CALENDAR1 side by side carefully re-creating the "old" into the "new" (or is it the other way around <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15> ) Anyway, I'm back in business with a "real" calendar. Now, the next step is to try and figure out how to get the CONTACTS back where they belong.

    This is totally unacceptable on the part of Microsoft that you can't restore something back into "itself" when it gets corrupted. I guess this is better than nothing but, will we one day have to contend with INBOX27 and CONTACTS22 in a cascading, confusing, folder tree?

    If you have any hints on copying over the contacts, please let me know. This one is a lot more complicated than the calendar.

    Al

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    Re: Restoring Calendar (Outlook 2003)

    Copying Contacts should be very easy, almost exactly the same as HansV's advice on Calendar items. Open the old Contacts Folder, in any View click the first or top item, shift-click the last or bottom item, thereby selecting all items, and drag them to and drop them on the new Contacts Folder; or after you select them all, select File | Folder | Copy Contacts, and choose the target Contacts Folders. (Menus from Outlook 2003.)

    If this isn't working, can you tell us exactly what error messages or incorrect results you are getting?
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    Re: Restoring Calendar (Outlook 2003)

    Thank you. Well, HALF of the work is done. Using the "select all", CTL-C and then CTL-V, the contacts themselves copied from Contacts1 to Contacts. Now the "contacts" display show that both are populated with my contacts.

    Now, however there is a new problem. My address book is associated with the Contacts1 folder. When I attempt to re-associate the address book to the Contacts folder I see THREE possible choices (after selecting tools, Address Book, Show names from<img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> two Contact and one Contact1 choice. If I select either of the two Contacts folders I get the following error box: "The address list could not be displayed. The Contact folder associated with this address list could not be opened, it may have been moved or deleted...."

    Now what?

    This is very frustrating. At least I have my Office working about 90% of what it was. Now I'm trying to clean up the rest. It was quite an adventure to get the "personal folders.pst' file in the correct place and recognized. Sheesh.

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    Re: Restoring Calendar (Outlook 2003)

    The invalid Address books have to be removed and the new one added; Outlook isn't smart enough to remove invalid Address Books automatically. If you want only the one Contacts Folder as your address book, I'd go through the following steps to completely clean things up. (Again, Outlook 2003 menus.) However, If you have network address books such as the Global Address Book, do not Remove it/them, don't follow these steps for those Address Books.

    Under Tools | E-Mail Accounts | View or Change Existing Directories or Address Books | Remove - remove them all. Then open the Address Book (Ctrl-Shift-B, or click the Address Book Icon), and from the Address Book Menus select Tools | Options; from that dialog make sure that all Address Books are removed there. (You may get some error warnings, OK through them.) Now, the invalid Address Book(s) shouldn't show up anywhere. Then follow the instructions in <!post=Jefferson's Star Post,334705>Jefferson's Star Post<!/post> to set the new Contact Folder as your address book.
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    Re: Restoring Calendar (Outlook 2003)

    Well, son of a gun, it's finally over. This was waaaaaaaaayyyy too complicated for it's own good. Thanks to the good people here, I got up and running again but no thanks to the folks at Redmond. It should be very simple to delete an unwanted Contacts and/or Calendar folder and just import a correct one from backup. But it ain't <img src=/S/nope.gif border=0 alt=nope width=15 height=15> . 'Nuff said.

    Thanks again folks,

    Al Bentley
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