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    Delete Outlook Contacts

    I had by mistake added up more that 600 blank contacts to my outlook express. When I run it shows up blank boxes on the front screen with no names in them. How can delete the blank contacts and let only those which i need...???

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    Re: Delete Outlook Contacts

    The following three methods allow you to remove a Contacts folder. You can use one or more of the methods depending on what your situation is and what you are trying to accomplish.

    • I don't want a specific Contacts folder to appear in the Address Book.

    • I removed a Contacts folder so that it won't be displayed in the Address Book. However, it is still displayed in the Address Book, and I get an error message.

    • I want to keep a certain address list in the Address Book, but I don't want Outlook to check names against it.

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    Re: Delete Outlook Contacts

    If you have imported contacts into Outlook using the same names or e-mail addresses as ones that already exist in your Contacts folder, and you selected the Allow duplicates to be created option in the Import and Export Wizard, you might have unwanted duplicate contacts of several or all of the contacts that you imported.

    1. Removing the unwanted duplicate contacts is a manual process, but the following is the easiest way to do it.

    2. In Contacts, select the contacts folder where there are duplicate contacts.

    3. In the Navigation Pane, under Current View, click Phone List.This gives you the best view to scan your contacts list and see the duplicate contacts. Now you can sort the list by modified date to group the duplicates together.
    4. On the View menu, point to Arrange By, then point to Current View, and then click Customize Current View.

    5. Click Fields, and in the Available Fields list, click Modified, and then click Add.

    6. Click Move Up until Modified is at the top of the Show these fields in this order list.

    7. Click OK twice.

    8. In the list of contacts, press CTRL while you click each duplicate contact.

    9. When you have selected all the duplicate contacts, press DELETE.

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    Re: Delete Outlook Contacts

    Delete Outlook Contacts

    This example delete a contact with Visual Basic & C#. The example assumes that a contact named "Raj Shrivastav" exists in the Contacts folder.


    Code:
    Visual Basic
    
    Private Sub ThisAddIn_Startup(ByVal sender As Object, _
        ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Startup
        DeleteContact("Pinto", "Armando")
    End Sub
    
    Private Sub DeleteContact(ByVal lastName As String, _
    ByVal firstName As String)
        Dim contact As Outlook.ContactItem = _
            TryCast(Me.Application.GetNamespace("MAPI").GetDefaultFolder( _
            Outlook.OlDefaultFolders.olFolderContacts).Items. _
            Find( _
            String.Format("[LastName]='{0}' AND [FirstName]='{1}'", _
            lastName, firstName)),  _
            Outlook.ContactItem)
    
        If (contact IsNot Nothing) Then
            contact.Delete()
        End If
    End Sub
    Code:
    C#
    
    private void ThisAddIn_Startup(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
    {
        DeleteContact("Pinto", "Armando");
    }
    
    private void DeleteContact(string lastName, string firstName)
    {
        Outlook.ContactItem contact =
            this.Application.GetNamespace("MAPI").
        GetDefaultFolder(Outlook.OlDefaultFolders.olFolderContacts).
        Items.
        Find(
        string.Format("[LastName]='{0}' AND [FirstName]='{1}'",
        lastName, firstName))
        as Outlook.ContactItem;
    
        if (contact != null)
        {
            contact.Delete();
        }
    }

  5. #5
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    Re: Delete Outlook Contacts

    Many users are reporting they then get duplicate contacts and I'm one of them. I've been using this Mac outlook and encountered same problem. A total headache as I have hundreds even thousand of contacts duplicated.,.you can imagine how frustrating it was. This deal breaker for me. Until I found Scrubly.I really need this for life. This is also been used by my friends and family. I'm very thankful of having this tool. I think you should also try this. Hope it helps =)
    Last edited by Kunal; 01-02-2011 at 10:38 AM. Reason: External Linking is not allowed

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    Re: Delete Outlook Contacts

    Hey ChrisSmithWebGuy, I am exactly having the same problem and not getting any solution for same. As you have mentioned about the Scrubly, i need to know more about this. How this will help me to resolve the issue related to the duplicate contact. If you can then please explain it in detail. A help may be appreciated.

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