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Old 07-10-2013, 07:20 AM
 
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I was working on a friend's computer and they say they are missing contacts in their address book. He said he had over 300 and now it's only showing 6. I researched the issue and tried just about everything the internet had to offer but no go.

The thing is, if you go to compose a new email and when you start typing the email address it will automatically bring up all the cached email addresses he has used in the past. He said all of these use to be in his contact list. Is there anyway possible to transfer all these cached email addresses into his address book?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:42 AM
 
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The thing is, if you go to compose a new email and when you start typing the email address it will automatically bring up all the cached email addresses he has used in the past. He said all of these use to be in his contact list. Is there anyway possible to transfer all these cached email addresses into his address book?

Thanks in advance!
Those cached addresses are basically everyone he has sent mail to, you will have those even if you have no contacts at all. They are stored in a file with the .nk2 extension a couple directories deep in the users account folder. I believe with Office 2010 and newer the data is now stored in the .pst file except under certain circumstances.

I found this utility that claims to transfer them, might be worth a shot
Export NK2 AutoComplete records into Outlook Contacts

I'm sure someone else will be along with other options.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:47 AM
 
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Hmm. I'm quite the expert with Outlook and have never tried this.
I suppose it is possible. I can't remember what the inside of the nk2 file looks like.
Go to the Start button, click Computer. Click "Organize" then "File and Search Options".
Select the VIEW tab. Select "Show Hidden files, folders and drives".
Remember that so you can switch it back later. Click OK.
Go to the Start button and in the search box type this exactly: %userprofile%
Press enter.
Open the APPDATA folder, then ROAMING, MICROSOFT, OUTLOOK.
In there is a file with an extension of NK2. If you don't have extensions showing there should be a TYPE field in the window that will tell you which is the NK2 file.
Copy that to the desktop.
Close all that.
Try and import that into Outlook as a CSV file or a TAB DELIMITED file.
I am 95% sure all this will do, if it even works, is bring in all the email addresses but none of the contact info.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Open the APPDATA folder, then ROAMING, MICROSOFT, OUTLOOK.
That's for Vista, and 7. For XP it's in APPLICATION DATA > MICROSOFT > OUTLOOK
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Old 07-10-2013, 11:23 AM
 
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It's in there somewhere...
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:26 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. I used a program called NK2edit which can import all the cached addresses into an address book. It worked on my computer, hopefully it works on his.
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:12 AM
 
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Thanks everyone. I used a program called NK2edit which can import all the cached addresses into an address book. It worked on my computer, hopefully it works on his.
Contacts are different than cached e-mail addresses that were previously used. Contacts are typically stored at the server level but previously used (cached) e-mail address would be at the workstation.

I believe starting Office/Outlook 2007, .NK2 format has been dropped in favor of Autocomplete.dat file which stores the cached e-mail addresses.
If you have backed up a copy of .NK2 file from and older version of Outlook, you can import it to newr versions of Outlook easily.
After configuring and setting up the Outlook on the workstation, close Outlook. Make sure you place the .NK2 file at the following directory:
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C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook
Afterwards:
1. Start > Run or hold Windows Key and press r
2. Type outlook /importnk2
3. Click OK or press ENTER

The above action will launch Outlook at the same time import the previously saved NK2 file.

If you have a newer versions of Outlook, you can simply copy the following file to the same exact location (username irrelevant) from the old machine to the new one (look for Autocomplete, there will be only one):
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