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Outlook Express Contacts

by jrs514 / May 30, 2012 1:18 AM PDT

Set up my wife as a separate user on our computer. Then created her outlook express mail account. Outlook has imported all of my contacts for her. If I try to edit them, it edits mine as well. This sounds like "Shared Contacts"?

I accessed Outlook's "Help" and it says that when you create a new identity it automatically sets up a new address book. This doesn't seem to be the case though. What am I missing?

Using MS-XP, and Outlook Express.

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Did You Actually Set Up A New "Identity?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 31, 2012 10:50 AM PDT

In my experience, Outlook Express doesn't seem to recognize which user is logged in.. It seems to work independently from the user login to the computer and therefore the address book and such open the same, regardless of who has logged in. (On the other hand, Microsoft Outlook identifies the user that has logged in and creates a different account for each user.) For OE, yYou actually have to create a new identify WITHIN Outlook Express.. Have you done that?

Even then, it's not always perfect. Unfortunately, on some XP machines, the address book still may be displayed on any user which opens the program.

Hope this helps.


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Outlook Express Contacts
by jrs514 / May 31, 2012 11:04 PM PDT

Grif, thanks for the info.

Yes, I did create a separate identity for her.

Here is the strange twist. My wife and I were using the same desktop, files , etc. and in OE I had her set up with a separate identity. To access her mail she needed to go to "switch Identities" which worked fine, and using that format she was able to have her own address book, separate from mine. Is that weird?


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Nope, That's Normal... It's Why I Asked
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 1, 2012 5:56 AM PDT

If she was working in her own identity in OE.. It's not specific to logged in username.. It's specific to the identity in OE.

Hope this helps.


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