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Old 04-21-2008, 08:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am a consultant and have my laptop outlook hooked up to a Microsoft Exchange server for Outlook email, within the company. I transfered all of the companies employees contacts (600+) into my BB. Only thing is I wanted to designate them "business" category as I would like to separate them from my personal contacts on my BB. Does anyone know of a way to do this to a mass amount of contacts being transfered onto my BB? I did not see any option within Desktop Managers Synch tabs. I cannot be going through each contact, editing it and assigning it a business category.
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It is my assumption that you would need to install the Desktop Manager to your PC.
Hook the wire from your bb to PC, so you may sync your Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks to your bb.
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It is my assumption that you would need to install the Desktop Manager to your PC.
Hook the wire from your bb to PC, so you may sync your Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks to your bb.
Thanks, but that is not what I am asking. I have manager on my laptop, but when I transfer the contacts, from the address book, which is from the Exchange Server, is there a way to mark them as business contacts? On the 8830, if you go into each contact and edit, you have a choice to categorize the contact either into personal or business. When the names are already on the BB, you have to go into each and every contact and designate the category. I wanted to know if I could make all the ones transfered in from the Exchange Server basically a defaulted business category as one by one would be pain staking.
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I can't think of anything suitable offhand. That said, it might be 'almost' as good to designate your NON-business contacts as Personal; so then you can filter by Personal to see just personals and then unfilter to see Business (well, along with all your Personals). Close but not quite... but if you have 600 Business contacts and 50 Personal contacts, it might not be so bad.

The other thing though, is that you can edit contacts within Outlook. I'm assuming the source was the Exchange Outlook, synced to the BB, and you then in turn sync to your laptop Outlook (stand-alone). From the laptop, you can edit the categories of each contact. Yeah, it still means editing the contacts but it's much easier to do so on the laptop than the BB.

Oh my, perhaps I have it (just tried this on my Outlook). You can select more than one contact at a time (e.g. all your business contacts) in Outlook by using the mouse to select the first contact, and then shift and/or control (standard Windows selection keys) and then right click on one of the highlighted contacts and select Categories. You can do them all in one shot, and then sync to your BB.

Even easier would be to select the very first contact, press Shift and select the very last contact (selecting them all), and then assigning every contact to the Business category. THEN, selectively click your Personal contacts (using the Ctrl key) and then make those Personal.

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Woops, went back and re-read the first post. The laptop is connected to Exchange, I missed that (I thought it was a one-time sync).

Well, I guess I must take back the Tah Dah, because I am not sure if the changes would be retained, especially if it's a global address book (and I'm not an Exchange/BES/Network techie type.

However, it wouldn't hurt to try with one or two to find out.
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Woops, went back and re-read the first post. The laptop is connected to Exchange, I missed that (I thought it was a one-time sync).

Well, I guess I must take back the Tah Dah, because I am not sure if the changes would be retained, especially if it's a global address book (and I'm not an Exchange/BES/Network techie type.

However, it wouldn't hurt to try with one or two to find out.
Thank you sir!! it worked. Transfered all the employees I wanted from the exchange server to my laptop Outlook contacts. Highlighted them, right clicked, assigned category of business and whala!!! Resynched with the BB and it's updating contacts now. I assume i twill work. If not will post. Thanks again.
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