Keep Contacts sorted by last name?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Mail' started by Mickey Segal, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. Mickey Segal

    Mickey Segal Guest

    By default, Windows Contacts sorts by the "name" field, which displays
    contacts in order of their first names. Although it is possible to specify
    sorting by the "Last name" field, and have this setting stick by setting
    "Remember each folder's view settings", Windows Contacts first displays the
    entries in order of "name" and then takes 35 seconds to re-display in order
    of "Last name" (tested with a 2.66 MHz computer with 2.5 GB RAM and 1454
    contacts on a computer with a clean install of Vista).

    Although Windows XP also defaulted to sorting by "name", changing the
    sorting to "last name" resulted in Windows Address Book showing the entries
    immediately using the desired sorting method.

    A workaround for the Vista behavior would be, within each contact, to set
    the full name field to have the last name first, but each contact is added
    by default in "First M. Last" order, and it would be a bother to change over
    1500 contacts to such a format and make sure each new contact is added in
    the non-default form.

    Have I missed the setting to get immediate "last name" sorting in Windows
    Contacts, or has Microsoft taken something that worked well in XP and
    crippled it in Vista?
    Mickey Segal, Mar 5, 2007
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    dynapacjac Guest

    Unfortunately Microsoft has taken a program which worked very well and
    crippled it!
    dynapacjac, Mar 5, 2007
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  3. Mickey Segal

    Mickey Segal Guest

    Does anyone know a workaround to get Windows Contacts to sort by last name
    and not go through 35 seconds of sorting? I've done some string sorting in
    programs myself, and 35 seconds for sorting 1500 strings seems ridiculously
    high - I can do it in milliseconds.
    Mickey Segal, Mar 6, 2007
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    Dave Guest

    In the Contacts folder?

    right-click on the Names heading, and select Lastname to make it show up.
    Then click on Last Name heading to sort ascending or descending.

    or in the Send - To: window?

    Click on the Names header... it cycles thru 4 different sorts...
    Dave, Mar 6, 2007
  5. Mickey Segal

    Mickey Segal Guest

    I was referring to the Contacts folder. After I've waited the 35 seconds
    during which the green bar fills the space near the top I can then re-sort
    by any column title. The problem is that Vista is doing something for the
    35 seconds, and starts with all my contacts alphabetized by name (i.e. the
    first name) instead of defaulting to the sorting rule that I used last.
    Mickey Segal, Mar 6, 2007
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    Jimvee Guest

    After adding Last Name, I went back and added First Name too.
    Then used the MORE pick to re-sort the header positions.
    Last name/First Name/ E-Mail addy/ Home Phone.

    Now the bugger opens correctly.

    Jimvee, Mar 6, 2007
  7. Mickey Segal

    Mickey Segal Guest

    I did all of those steps, and everything is sorted properly after 35
    seconds. The problem is that it takes 35 seconds, and the initial display
    visible during those 35 seconds is sorted by first name.
    Mickey Segal, Mar 6, 2007
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