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
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  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

    <vcf>
    BEGIN:VCARD
    VERSION:2.1
    N:;test
    FN:test
    TEL;WORK;FAX:fax
    REV:20090921T200250Z
    END:VCARD

    </vcf>

    (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

    <vcf>
    BEGIN:VCARD
    VERSION:2.1
    N:;test
    FN:test
    TEL;VOICE:fax
    REV:20090921T203356Z
    END:VCARD
    </vcf>

    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

    TEL;WORK;FAX:fax

    by

    TEL;VOICE:fax

    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.


    HTH

    Robert Aldwinckle
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    Robert Aldwinckle, Sep 21, 2009
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