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Contact Linking

In Outlook 2003 I used categories to define the kind of task or appointment and the contacts field to connect the task/appointment to contacts. In Outlook 2007 the contacts field is gone and there is no way to enter a contact (or group of contacts) to a task.

Is there a way to add contacts to tasks/appointments in Outlook 2007?

Contact Linking buttonContact Linking has been turned into an option which is disabled by default.

You can enable it in the following way

  • Outlook 2007
    Tools-> Options…-> button Contact Options…-> select: Show Contact Linking on all Forms

  • Outlook 2010
    File-> Options-> section Contacts-> select: Show contacts linked to the current item

Contact Linking
Enabling Contact Linking in Outlook 2010.

Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016 Registry key

In Outlook 2013 and later, the interface option has been removed and support for Contact Linking can only be enabled via a Registry key.

Key Outlook 2013: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\Preferences
Key Outlook 2016: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\Preferences
Value name: ShowContactFieldObsolete
Value type: REG_DWORD
Value: 1


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