Hi, I am not sure the best place here to ask for help with organizing, merging, and managing contacts.
I use Windows Mail to do most emailing (I installed this using the tutorials here). I use the "contacts" tab there to take email addresses and I have created a few "groups." I also have hotmail and gmail and comcast email accounts and rarely use those for email but thing that I have synced the contacts. I also just got an old iPhone and had the store sync my phone contacts from my old unsmart phone. I used iTunes to back that up and it synced with my hard drive contacts folder. In the old days, I used a simple Word doc table to organize my address book and used to print it out using mail merge and make my own address books.
So, I have important addresses in a Word table, email addresses and some other contact info (if I somehow got those vcard things) in my windows contacts. Now the contacts also has the phone book from my old phone. This is a total mess and I have multiple entries for people in contacts, email entries and now the phone book merge. And also now the contacts in the iPhone have all these old email addresses that I don't want there. It takes 4 steps to delete a contact directly from the "contacts" app on the iPhone (or at least that is the only way I know how to do it) and I haven't figured out how to manage them in iTunes. I have probably 100 unwanted contacts on the iPhone now all mixed in with the important ones.
What total contact chaos! I have no idea how to make this all manageable. I need to find an easy way to get one entry for each person and have as many as 5 for some people: their email address contact, cell phone, home phone (both from old cell phone), and line in my Word table with address and more.
I have opened the contacts folder in "Libraries" and then tried to put one on top of the other but that doesn't work. When I click on a contact, it opens up a window to enter information. I would have to cut and paste or retype all the info and then delete one when I have duplicates. I don't find that entry screen very user friendly. The overall contacts screen is also very hard to use.
I would appreciate any suggestions and ideas to manage all this within Windows somehow. Or should I just start over and enter each person by typing the info?
If I should delete this and repost it somewhere else on this site, let me know, I didn't see a subforum for contacts. Thanks.