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OE 6 Address Bk Default Order

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by LennyB, Nov 19, 2001.

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  1. LennyB

    LennyB Thread Starter

    Jun 25, 2001
    In Outlook Express 6.0

    Open the "New Message" window -
    Click icon (open book) just left of "To" -
    "Select Recipients" window opens -
    "Main Identity's Contacts" is default folder is open -
    The remaining folders seem to be in no logical order -

    QUESTION: How can I change the default order of these folders?

    They do not follow the same alphabetical pattern that the "Address Book - Main Identity" window follows.



  2. jbcalg


    Oct 29, 2001

    all my address books/folders sort by the same order (last name)

    address book
    sort by

    then choose how you want to do it

    click on list
    then close address book

    choose 'detail'
    then sort by
    - and choose your preferences

    changing and redoing seems to reset everything

    but as far as i can see, the selection is universal, can't have separate 'sort by' for each folder
  3. LennyB

    LennyB Thread Starter

    Jun 25, 2001
    Wow - Talk about an instant reply!! Thanks so much. However...

    I believe we're talking about two different sides of the address book.

    The left panel of the book contains the folders - the Directory as Netscape calls them.
    The right panel contains the "contacts" as OE calls them - the individual addresses contained in the folders

    I "think" the solution you suggested enables you to sort only the contacts, by name, address, phone, etc. That function however does not effect the folders on the left.

    In the left panel, my folders are neatly stacked in alphabetical order.

    So, I attempt to compose a new email message, & I open a "New Message" window and then type my message.

    Now here arises the problem: when I click on the icon alongside "To" in order to add an address to the message -
    A window called "Select Recipients" appears -
    A drop-down window lists all the possible folders in my address book (beginning by default with a folder called "Main Identity's Contacts" -

    But the remaining folders in the list follow no particular pattern - not alphabetically, not by number of characters, not case sensitive - I've tried numbering the folders in the main address book and even that doesn't impact the order of the drop-down list.

    That's really the crux of the problem: the default order of the drop-down list in the Select Recipients window of a New Message.

    Can you give it another shot! Thanks!! Lenny
  4. jbcalg


    Oct 29, 2001
    i see
    in mine, the drop down in the address book is:

    shared contacts
    - 4 sub folders of shared contacts, listed alphabetically
    main identity
    - no sub folders

    i tried adding some folders to main identity, and they all arranged themselves in alpha order - in the address book

    when i try the same thing in a message, the alpha order disappears
    - replaced by alpha order first by main identity
    - then alpha order in shared contacts

    so it appears to be in some order but that's based on the underlying structure in the address book

    odd that yours seems to follow it's own logic
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