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OL98: How to Use vCard in Outlook
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Microsoft Outlook 98 supports vCard and vCalendar, a powerful new approach to electronic, Personal Data Interchange (PDI). PDI occurs every time individuals communicate in either a business or personal context. These interchanges frequently include the exchange of information, such as business cards, telephone numbers, addresses, dates and times of appointments, and such. The vCard and vCalendar features facilitate PDI electronically.
This article discusses the implementation of vCard in Outlook. For information on vCalendar, please see the REFERENCES section below.
This article discusses:
vCard serves as an electronic business card. It is a convenient way of exchanging personal information such as, name, address, phone number, and e-mail address with others.
How to Create a vCard
How To Distribute a vCardYou can distribute a vCard file as you distribute any other computer file. To send it as an e-mail attachment, follow these steps:
How To Automatically Process a vCardWith Outlook 98, you can automatically convert a vCard received from an external source to an Outlook Contact record. If the vCard arrives as an e- mail attachment, you can double-click the vCard, then click Save And Close to add it to your default Contact folder.
NOTE: If the vCard the icon appears as a generic Windows icon, does not open when you double-click the icon, or you receive an "Open With" prompt, the vCard File application is not associated with the .vcf file type. For detailed information on how to correct this, click Help on the Start menu, and type "associating, file types with programs" (without the quotes). Click Display, click "Creating or modifying a file type," and click Display.
If you receive the vCard in the form of a file on a disk, you can import it into your default Contact folder using the Outlook Import and Export Wizard.
How to Store a vCard in a Secondary Contacts FolderIf you import a vCard file or open and save a vCard file it is placed directly into your default Contacts folder in the default message store. To store the vCard in a Contacts folder other than the default, you can drag and drop the vCard file to the secondary folder or first import it into the Default Contacts folder and copy it to the secondary folder.
How To Include a vCard with Your Automatic Signature
How To Manually Process a vCard as a Text FileA vCard record is just a text file. If you do not have an automated facility to process vCard records, you can open them with a text editor and use the information. The contents of a vCard file will vary with the information inserted by the file creator but a typical file created from a Contact record looks like the following when opened in a text editor.
NOTE: Text formatting applied to entries in the Notes field is not preserved when the .vcf file is save to the hard drive. The file format is preserved in ASCII text only.
For information on vCalendar, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/179431/EN-US/ )How to Use vCalendar in Outlook 98
Article ID: 179430 - Last Review: July 31, 2001 - Revision: 1.0