I use Outlook 2007 at work and home, but a Distribution List I sent from
work to home in RTF doesn't save automatically to my Outlook Contacts folder
as you describe. To send the list I right-clicked on the "Group" in my
Contacts; selected "Send Full Contact"'; selected "In Outlook Format;
selected "Rich Text" format under Options in the message; and sent it to my
I also then tried the method of saving the email's DL attachment in the
default .msg file format and "dragging" that file to my Contacts Folder, plus
tried "dragging" the attachment directly from the email. When I do either
all that opens or appears is a "Contact" form with my work email address and
name (i.e., none of the names/addresses in the DL appear at that point).
The method Bill Tillman describes in posts to "import a distribution list",
3/4/07, by Scotty does work: i.e., I send the file as plain text (TXT), open
that file, and copy/paste the names and email addresses into the "Members"
field in a new Distribution List, and save.
What am I doing wrong in the method you describe? The latter TXT method
does work, but I'd expect MicroSoft would have something more direct as you
I/we greatly appreciate your assistance and patience!
Sincerely, Jay P.
P.S. -- A suggestion to pass on to MicroSoft if you can: change Outlook
field names to match or be compatible with Access. For other uses as well I
use Access to maintain a "master" file of Outlook contacts in the default
Access "Contacts" table and its fields as formated. You probably know that
some field names in Outlook contain the characters " / " and " ' " , both
of which cause problems in Access. Further, multi-word Outlook field names
contain spaces. Importing from Access works "OK", but should be easier. One
must use "Map Custom Fields" each import due to Outlook's use of spaces and
characters forbidden for use in Access field names. The spaces are an issue
in Outlook's use of clusters of fields collapsed under Email1/Email2;
Business Address/Home Address; etc.: i.e., Outlook field names containing
spaces (and/or " - " ) then don't match Access field names. There should be
nothing "custom" in importing from the default Access "Contacts" table.