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Windows 7: Outlook help...AGAIN...and AGAIN...and AGAIN?


09 Mar 2010   #1
MisterActorMan

 
Outlook help...AGAIN...and AGAIN...and AGAIN?

OKAY

So, because Outlook/GMail are too stupid to get along well, I decided to set up my Outlook with one file for GMail, and another file for my "nice" compatible emails. And I only use Outlook to keep offline availability for my GMail--any checking, receiving, etc, I do for the GMail account I use on the web browser.

WELL, Outlook just decided to be really stupid (what a surprise. Why is this stupid program so %^*$%# hard to use? Any wonder people flee from this to easy, intuitive online systems? Rant's over.) and now says I cannot update contacts. I get an error saying that my emails must be saved in X@y.Z format. Well, DUH. And guess what--EVERY email is saved like. I'm not an idiot, I know how to type email addresses. What is up with this error? There seems to be no pattern to it. Contacts with only 1 email, with 2, or 3 emails, get it. No discrimination by groups, businesses, or email servers is apparent.

Last night I typed in about 300 contacts from various sources I had, to have it nice and consolidated in Outlook format for easy management. Today, I'm switching the contacts from my @gmail.com data file to my general Outlook data file, and about 30 emails are no longer, well, valid, apparently. I get that stupid error when I click "Save"

W.T.F.




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09 Mar 2010   #2

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First off... please dont bash a program just because you are having difficulties with it. I have used Outlook for over 10 years, and find it to be a great email client. The business world wouldnt use it if it was as bad as you make it sound!

I'd really like to help you, but I have read this 3x and I am not understanding your issue. Apparently you were so worked up over this issue you didnt clearly and concisely state your problem. Please calm down and give it a 2nd try...

What format??? You said X@y.z format ?????

When you said "I decided to set up my Outlook with one file for GMail, and another file for my "nice" compatible emails"... did you mean you set up 2 seperate PST files or did you mean two folders within the same PST?

Again, I think your anger clouded things here....

PLEASE HELP US HELP YOU!
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09 Mar 2010   #3

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How big is the PST?
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09 Mar 2010   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Desslok View Post
How big is the PST?
The PST size issue is over with Outlook 2003 and later... you can now have a PST up to 20GB!


Mister... which version of Outlook?
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09 Mar 2010   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darryl Licht View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Desslok View Post
How big is the PST?
The PST size issue is over with Outlook 2003 and later... you can now have a PST up to 20GB!


Mister... which version of Outlook?
To be precise, you MAY...
check this out, have witnessed this many times:
You may experience performance problems when you are working with items in a large .pst file or in a large .ost file in Outlook 2007
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09 Mar 2010   #6

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Wow.... I've never heard of that. My PST is approaching 6GB with zero issues!

Also, according to the article you posted the link to this should be taken care of with an update... so if he has MS updates turned on he should be covered!
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09 Mar 2010   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darryl Licht View Post
Wow.... I've never heard of that. My PST is approaching 6GB with zero issues!

Also, according to the article you posted the link to this should be taken care of with an update... so if he has MS updates turned on he should be covered!
Like I said it MAY work. We have some very large PSTs at work with no issues, and some smaller ones with issues. And as far as updates, many people have Windows updates on, and many have Windows updates automatically install critical/important updates. Nowhere near as many people , however, have, Microsoft updates, or Office updates installed/enabled. So some people think they are up to date, but in reality it's only their Windows updates that are current.
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09 Mar 2010   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Desslok View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Darryl Licht View Post
Wow.... I've never heard of that. My PST is approaching 6GB with zero issues!

Also, according to the article you posted the link to this should be taken care of with an update... so if he has MS updates turned on he should be covered!
Like I said it MAY work. We have some very large PSTs at work with no issues, and some smaller ones with issues. And as far as updates, many people have Windows updates on, and many have Windows updates automatically install critical/important updates. Nowhere near as many people , however, have, Microsoft updates, or Office updates installed/enabled. So some people think they are up to date, but in reality it's only their Windows updates that are current.
Very true... also must not be too crucial to the OP. He edited his OP and didnt even give us any more info to go on...
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09 Mar 2010   #9
MisterActorMan

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MisterActorMan View Post
OKAY

(...Rant's over.)
...There seems to be no pattern to it. Contacts with only 1 email, with 2, or 3 emails, get it. No discrimination by groups, businesses, or email servers is apparent...
Last night I typed in about 300 contacts from various sources I had, to have it nice and consolidated in Outlook format for easy management. Today, I'm switching the contacts from my @gmail.com data file to my general Outlook data file, and about 30 emails are no longer, well, valid, apparently. I get that stupid error when I click "Save"
I had to rant to get it out of my system. Outlook has been ridiculously hard to configure and I'm questioning why I should bother?

Please refer to the first screenshots, as well as the new one.

This error occurs when I am in my Contacts are of Outlook. I try and drag contacts from thetirvine@gmail.com Contacts and drop them into Outlook contacts. http://www.sevenbeta.com/images/styl...attach/png.gif

A message occurs asking if I want to update the duplicates. I click Yes, Update.

I get an error saying that emails must be in X@Y.Z format. Do you get that? X @ Y (dot) Z. variable @ variable . variable. EX: tim @ microsoft . com

Clearly, common-sensically, all the contacts have emails in this format. In fact, last night when I entered them into my @gmail.com contacts, there was no error. Now, when I try and drag my contacts from my @gmail.com contacts into my Outlook contacts, I get the error saying that my email format is not correct. It only occurs with about 30 contacts. There is no apparent pattern.

My file size is pretty small, under 100 mb, I believe.

Thanks.


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09 Mar 2010   #10
MisterActorMan

 

also: last night I typed in all the contacts and put it under my GMail file in Outlook, but I realized I just don't want to go through all the troubles of using GMail with Outlook (way slow fetching of files back and forth, failing to delete emails off of servers, spam/junk filter conflicts, other filter conflicts, the list goes on).

Since my contacts were all in my @gmail data file, I wanted to drag them over to my Outlook data file. And it worked, mostly, except for these 30 or so.

Additionally: because I've sent emails back and forth, some of the contacts are already in my Outlook data file, with the same email. Example: In Outlook data file, there is a cleyva@ucsc.edu. that's it, just an email. In my @gmail.com data file, cleyva@ucsc.edu has mobile, address, and a full name.

So (obviously) I want to drag the full, up-to-date contact over into the data file I'll be using, since that is faster than reentering it. However, despite the email being exactly the same (cleyva@ucsc.edu), I get an error saying that the email is not in the correct format.

Thanks
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