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I have tried to import my .WAB file from Microsoft Office Outlook 2002 to Outlook Express. I used File, Import from within Outlook Express. I select the .wab file to import, and I get a message in about 1/2 a second saying it has been done but no addresses are imported.
Do you have to have both programs open? Is there another way to import addresses into OE?
 

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Try exporting the address book from Outlook to Outlook Express. You might also have to set the option to share the address book on one or both places. I had that problem with Outlook 2000 and OE6 and doing it that way worked for me after I set the options in OE to share the address book (before I exported it from Outlook).

Hope this helps. In the web and email forum here there are threads with links to Outlook Express help sites too. There's a thread I started on Dec. 30 with a lot of info.
 

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Open Outlook and click on file/import and export/ choose export to a file. Click on "Next" choose "comma seperated values (windows)" Click "Next" In the box that opens highlight "contacts" Click "Next". The next box asks you where you want to save the file so choose a folder usually "My Documents" Give the file a name you will remember. Click "Next" and your file will be created with the .csv suffix. Next go to your AddressBook and open it. Go to File/Import/Other Addressbook. In the box that opens choose the bottom option "Text File (comma seperated values) the next box asks you to locate the file so poit it to the csv file you just made. You might see a box after that asks you to map values, so just check all the boxes. That's it bud....good luck
 

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Roban....... excellent instructions. Everything imported except my broadcast list. Is there anyway to copy the Distribution list to the Outlook Express address book? Thanks for the help.
 

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To share the address book, open it and click tools, option, and check "share contact information with Microsoft Outlook and other applications".

This Outlook Express 6. I'm not sure if that's in previous versions.

Good luck.
 

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Hello Suzi: thanks for reply but I DO have OE 6.0 but under Tools, Options there is no option that says "Share contact info with ...."
There are about 10 tabs under Tools, Options (General, Security, etc.) if you know which tab it is under, please let me know. I have tried to crawl through each of them and also their sub-tabs but could not find anything about "Share contact info..."
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agill,

It sounds like you might have clicked on tools, options in OUtlook Express instead of in the address book.

You need to open the address book, even if it's empty, and then click tools, options, and check the "share contact info..

Let me know what happens...
 

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agill,

It sounds like you might have clicked on tools, options in OUtlook Express instead of in the address book.

You need to open the address book, even if it's empty, and then click tools, options, and check the "share contact info..

Let me know what happens...
Greetings,

I found this thread while hunting down info on this very problem. I have the same issue as agill.

I am on an XP machine with Office XP and OE 6.0. There is no option for "Share contact info . . ." under TOOLS | OPTIONS for OE's main window. However, the problem I'm sure agill is facing, relates to the fact that we do not have an "OPTIONS" under the Address Book's TOOLS menu. The only choices listed are ACCOUNTS, ACTION, and a grayed out SYNCRONIZE NOW.

This has been driving me batty for hours. I have two separate address books with specific applications (faxing, etc.) that can only use one or the other.

Insight is very welcome.

- TL
 

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Amazing - I got an email notification after all this time. Throne Logic, are you trying to sync them so both Outlook and Outlook Express have the same contacts?

In Outlook Express, close the address book and just have it open to the inbox. The click file. That's where it allows you to import and export the address book. When you mouse over export, it give an option for address book, same with import. I hope that helps.
 

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suzi said:
Amazing - I got an email notification after all this time. Throne Logic, are you trying to sync them so both Outlook and Outlook Express have the same contacts?
I briefly entertained the idea initially, however, I'd rather not have to manage two databases.

The whole story:
I'm actually dealing with two machines, neither are mine. I'm upgrading my father to a new PC. The old PC has Outlook 2000 and OE 5. After much playing around, I've settled on the fact that Outlook is using the WAB. If you check the properties of the Contacts folder on this PC, the option for "Show this folder as an e-mail Address Book" is actually grayed out. The confusing part is that "Show this folder . . ." option remains grayed out even when you change the option for sharing in OE's Address Book options (and, yes, close all the involved apps).

Anyway, I'm learning alot about WAB's, PAB's, and OAB's, but not making much progress here.

I think I'm going to try and reinstall OE6.

If you've got any more ideas, I'd love to hear them.

- TL
 

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On the old PC, are there 2 different address books (WAB)'s with different contents? I'm not clear on that part.

When I got a laptop and wanted to copy my address book from my desktop to the laptop, I burned the WAB file to CD and then copied it to the laptop in My Documents. I can double click it on the laptop and it opens in the address book format but I never imported in into OE, but I think I could. If there's no CD burner on the old computer, you could probably use a floppy if it's not too big.
 

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Everything is networked. I'm not having trouble with transferring from old PC to new. I was just using the old PC as a comparison for what we used to be able to do. I'd like to mimic this on the new PC.

Specifically, my trouble is that there are applications I'd like to use on the new PC (HP's All-In-One Faxing App, for example) that only seem to be able to look at the WAB. All the contacts are, as you might expect, in the Outlook Contacts folder. Since the two address books (OAB and WAB) are not "talking" with each other, I am dealing with two separate DB's depending on what task I'm trying to do. It would be nice to have this like the old PC with both the WAB and Outlook contacts pointing at the same underlying database.

At this point, I've updated everything I can think of that has anything to do with anything regarding addressing.

Getting frustrated . . . uhg.
 

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I'm out of ideas too. You could try posting in the Web and Email forum below.

http://forums.techguy.org/f17-s.html

Or maybe you could find something on Microsoft's site:

http://support.microsoft.com/ph/2578

They have the Crabby Office lady (something like that), who I think will answer questions, I sent her an email once and she did reply.

This has articles about the Address book.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/ph/2578/en-us/?sid=1303

Sorry I couldn't find the fix. I don't understand why you don't have the option to share the contact information in your OE. I'm thinking there's another setting that goes with that to make it work, but I couldn't find it.
 

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Suzi, I thank you for trying. I did finally find an article (don't have the link on this machine, sorry) from somewhere in the MS archives that does mention that Office XP (2002) does not support functionality with the WAB. Specifically, it was explaining that Outlook 2000 users who utilize the WAB will need to import those contacts into the Outlook Contacts folder if they upgrade to XP or newer versions of Outlook.

Sucks, really. But that's the world of Microsoft. . . They really should change that marketing line for the WAB that explains how wonder full the WAB serves as a central repository for all contacts. Oh well. I'm going to try to find some way to get the HP fax software to use the Outlook Contacts. Ultimately, this might be a better option anyway.

Thanks again for your efforts.
 
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