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How to migrate custom categories to other users in Outlook 2002 and in Outlook 2003
Article ID: 297405 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q297405
For a Microsoft Outlook 2000 version of this article, see 197342
For a Microsoft Outlook 98 version of this article, see 180303
For a Microsoft Outlook 97 version of this article, see 164625
In Microsoft Outlook, you can add new categories to the default Master Category List. This article describes how to share a modified Master Category List with other users.
To share the Master Category List, export the Categories key from the registry and distribute this key to other users.
NOTE: The registry key reference in the steps below only exists if the Master Category List has had a custom entry added.
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
How to Export the Categories Key
CAUTION: This procedure overlays the existing Master Categories List on the receiving computer. Any changes made to that file are lost.
NOTE: It is possible for your records to contain user-defined categories that are not stored in the Windows registry. To ensure they are in the registry, you must add them to the Master Category List.
How to Add User-defined Categories to the Master Category List