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Outlook Contacts location

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#1 zrjmrk


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 10:56 AM

I have a large set of Outlook Contacts which, when searched for in Vista as individual entries, show search results Folder location as "Contacts (Personal Folders)." This makes sense and I see the file path to these via my PST folder located where it should be: "C:\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.pst."


My issue is that for another large set of different Outlook Contacts I have (call them "2nd set," none of which currently show up in Outlook), when searched for in Vista as individual entries, show search results Folder location as "Contacts/Contacts-Treo backup 6-17-07 (Personal Folders)." I have searched my hard drive, including hidden folders, and I do not see any other PST files. Thus, I cannot open the Outlook Data File for this 2nd set of Contacts. This 2nd set data does not appear to reside in the main Outlook.pst, at least not where I can find it, as no other choice are shown under My Contact in Outlook. Any idea how I access these Contacts or in which data folder they reside? Maybe it relates to what the "/" denotes in "Contacts/Contacts-Treo backup 6-17-07 (Personal Folders)."


Thanks much.


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#2 th3fall3n777


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Posted 21 July 2013 - 10:46 PM

Which version of Outlook are you working with?  If it's pre 2010 then try looking for your .nk2 file.  If it's 2010 or later, then it's a little more complicated. 


Your contacts (unless you're running in an Exchange environment) should be store in C:\Users\%username%\appdata\local\Microsoft\Outlook


You can try C:\Users\%username%\appdata\roaming\Microsoft\Outlook as well.


(Note - the above file paths are for Vista/Win7/Win8 - if you have XP, it's a little different.)


Not sure if you're tried this or not, but check out this tool NK2 Edit: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/outlook_nk2_edit.html


Normally the program is used to manually edit Outlook's "autocomplete" file - those addresses that Outlook stores where you just start typing the name and the whole address populates, but in your case, using this program would take you to the location of your address book (contacts). 

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