Import Contacts From Windows Address Book (.WAB)

Discussion in 'Windows Live Mail' started by Fuzzy John®, May 23, 2009.

  1. Fuzzy John®

    Fuzzy John® Guest

    I just imported my contacts from my main computer running Windows XP SP3
    with up to date Outlook Express.
    So far I noticed that for most contacts the personal and work email
    addresses were swapped. Also, for contacts that had a Work Fax in Windows
    Address Book, that info (fax number) is still visible after the import but I
    see no way to edit it or remove it.
    Fuzzy John®, May 23, 2009
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    Ron Sommer Guest

    How is the number listed?
    Work, other phone?
    Ron Sommer, May 23, 2009
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  3. I had the same problem when I imported from Outlook Express. "Work FAX"
    showed up in the right panel along with other info. But does not show up when
    I edit the contact. The only way I could get rid of it was to delete the
    contact and add it manualy. That can be time consuming if you have a lot of
    contacts with FAX in Outlook Express.
    Paul in Hemet, Sep 20, 2009

  4. Where did you put it? E.g. what does it look like now when exported to a .vcf?

    Pretty strange that the additional columns permit Home fax only.
    So are you using Other Phone as your fax? How does it export?
    Stupid Contacts dialog won't let me drag a contact somewhere
    (unlike the WAB's better usability.)

    FWIW I have attached a test.vcf to this reply which contains



    (fax was entered on the WAB's Business tab's Fax: line
    and it shows on the Summary tab's Business Fax line.)

    and another one which was exported from Contacts


    where fax was Other Phone under the Work category.
    Don't know why it would be called VOICE... ; }

    So presumably you could try doing a mass change
    of exported Vcards replacing




    before doing an import of them and that ultimately
    would transfer your Business Fax Line value to Other Phone.

    I'm not sure what tool I would use to do such a mass edit.
    Perhaps PowerShell, though I think this could conceivably
    be done using 2 for loops in the cmd shell (e.g. the inner
    one being a for /f ). TBD. ; )

    BTW I just realized that you are using the web interface
    and won't be able to see my attachments, so since I have
    included them as text anyway, I am just going to delete the
    attachments without changing my earlier references to them.
    They were there and I used them to help construct this reply.


    Robert Aldwinckle
    Robert Aldwinckle, Sep 21, 2009
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