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Copying Personal Distribution Lists

By mark_mcdonald ·
We have a user who put together a personal distribution list in Outlook 97 and wants to give that list to another user. I can find no procedure for sharing this list. Some things we have tried include copying the text and e-mailing it (does not carry over db info). Also tried copying the entire PAB file to other users, but it won't let me connect in outlook because the service is already running; and if I connect to the copied PAB file user would have to redirect this every time she wanted touse that list. Import/Export function does not allow me to export from the personal address book--at least I haven't found a way. SOmeone suggested copying the list to the Public Folders, but I can't see a way to do that either. I think I might beable to copy it from the header info, but doing so would send a blank message to everyone on the list, and the formatting may not be possible after the message is received.

Any suggestions?

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by dmiles In reply to Copying Personal Distribu ...

This may help
First Identify the .PAB file your mail profile uses
Start Outlook
Choose Services from the Tools menu to open the Services dialogue box
Select Personal Address Book on the Services tab,then click properties to open Personal AddressBook Properties
Note the path to your .PAB file
Click OK twice
To copy the .PAB file to a second computer follow these steps
Close all mail programs
In Windows Explorer, locate and copy to a disk and then to the second computer the .PAB file
Configure second computer to use new .PAB file
Start Outlook
Choose Services from the TOOLS menu to open the Profiles Services dialog box
Select Personal Address Book on the Services Tab,and click Remove,Click Yeswhen requested
Click Add on the Services tab to open the Add Service to Profile
Select Personal Address Book from the AvailableInformation Services
Type the path to your .PAB file in the Path box
Choose Exit
Restart Outlook

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by mark_mcdonald In reply to Copying Personal Distribu ...

No, you misunderstand. What we essentially need to do is combine elements out of each PAB file, not just replace the one with the other. On the surface you would think that this would be easy to do, but there doesn't seem to be a way to break items out of a PAB for separate manipulation. Everything else in the MS universe can be shared, why not distribution lists?

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by Wes Purvis In reply to Copying Personal Distribu ...

Will importing the .pab file work for you? Just go to "File", "Import and Export", select "import from another program" from the list, pick next, and select "Personal Address Book" from that list. This should also give an option to keep, overwrite, or include any duplicate information.

I hope that this works for you!

Wes Purvis

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by James_Randy In reply to Copying Personal Distribu ...

If you are still tackling this problem, perhaps you should consider calling your local super-hero.

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