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    Autocomplete search order (2003)

    Is there a way to change the sort order for the autocomplete list. For example, I have a contact named Andrew Jackson. When I type "ja", his name appears in the autocomplete list. When I type "an" his name does not appear. His email address is andrew.jackson@company.com. How can I search by first name?

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    Re: Autocomplete search order (2003)

    Try pressing Cntrl+K to force Outlook to resolve the name.
    Otherwise, you may need to change the "display as" / "file as" properties of the contact.

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    Re: Autocomplete search order (2003)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by JohnBF on 23-Apr-07 07:41. )</P>If you prefer to search by contact first name, it may also help to sort the address book that way - in Outlook 2002 and up, Tools | Email Accounts | View or change existing directories or address books | select the address book | Change | click Show names by First Last | Close | Finish.
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    Re: Autocomplete search order (2003)

    Unfortunately, there are well over 1000 contacts in our global address book who's names are either Andrew Something or Something Andrews. So the ctl-K option isn't very useful. Changing the "display as" and/or the "file as" does not help. Any other ideas? This is a contact from the global address book.

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    Re: Autocomplete search order (2003)

    If these are addresses in the GAL, you'll need to search by its sort order; if it's Last, First, then you'll need to enter and build autocomplete by last name.
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    Re: Autocomplete search order (2003)

    Ok, that makes some sense. Is it possible to copy contacts from the GAL into a personal address book and then find them by first name?

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    Re: Autocomplete search order (2003)

    Yes, select the GAL addresses, right click them and select Add to Contacts. (Subsequent changes to the GAL will not be automatically cascaded to your Contacts records.)
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    Re: Autocomplete search order (2003)

    Ok, I did that, and after searching for it by first name 3 times, it finally started showing up after the first couple of letters. It still displays as Jackson, Andrew, regardless of the display settings I put in the contact info. But at least it's a step in the right direction. Thanks.

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    Re: Autocomplete search order (2003)

    It takes a while for the autocomplete history to build.
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