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  1. #1
    New Lounger
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    Stop Sorting the Children Field (Outlook 2002)

    Hi there,

    For years I have happily been using the Children field in Outlook (2000) to store (surprise, surprise) my various contacts' children's names. My practice has been to list the children from oldest to youngest, separated by commas.

    Well, just yesterday I discovered that Outlook 2002 has a new "feature" that I wasn't aware of. Whenever I put any children's names in the Children field (or modify existing ones), Outlook 2002 sorts the children's names alphabetically.

    I presume this is to save me the trouble of alphabetically sorting two or three names myself. However, since my friends have been so inconsiderate as to not name their children in alphabetical order, this upsets my "oldest child first" strategy.

    Can anyone tell me how I can turn this "helpful" sorting feature off? Or am I stuck making up my own custom field and abandoning Outlook's Children field?

    Thanks in advance.


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    Platinum Lounger
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    Roanoke area, Virginia, USA
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    Re: Stop Sorting the Children Field (Outlook 2002)

    wow - i didn't think anyone used that field <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    i don't think you can disable it, but if you number the names, it will stay in your order. Something like:
    1-Sue, 2-Ann will work. At least as long as you don't ever use the fields for merges. <g> another option would be to use birthyears, if you know them. That would kill two birds - you'll know the kids name and age. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> (i should do that to my contact - i can't remember the years they were born. )

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