How to hide columns in the Address Book in Outlook 2007

Summary
This article describes how to hide columns in the Address Book in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007. For example, you might want to hide the Alias column that is displayed when you click Address Book on the Tools menu.
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To hide one or more columns in the Address Book in Outlook 2007, apply the Outlook 2007 hotfix package that is dated April 30, 2009, and set the appropriate value for the
ABHiddenColumns
registry entry. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Apply the Outlook 2007 hotfix package that is date April 30, 2009.

    For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    968858 Description of the Outlook 2007 hotfix package (Outlook.msp): April 30, 2009
  2. Set a value for the
    ABHiddenColumns
    registry entry. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Start Registry Editor.
      • In Windows Vista, click Start the Start						  button type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.

        User Account Control If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or provide confirmation.
      • In Windows XP, click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then click OK.
    2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\Preferences
    3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Binary Value.
    4. Type ABHiddenColumns, and then press ENTER.
    5. Right-click ABHiddenColumns, and then click Modify.
    6. In the Value data box, type a value according to the rules and guidelines in the "ABHiddenColumns values table" section, and then click OK.
    7. Exit Registry Editor.

ABHiddenColumns values table

Select one or more values from the following table.
HeadingValue
Title1f 00 17 3a
Business Phone1f 00 08 3a
Location1f 00 19 3a
E-mail Address1f 00 fe 39
Company1f 00 16 3a
Alias1f 00 00 3a
Combine these values with the following number:
0# 00 00 00
Note The # placeholder is an integer equal to the number of columns between 1 and 6 you want to hide.

For example, use the following data for the ABHiddenColumns value if you are hiding the Business Phone, Location, and Alias columns:
03 00 00 00 1f 00 08 3a 1f 00 19 3a 1f 00 00 3a
Note The Name column in the Address Book cannot be hidden.
Additional information
The hotfix and registry data only enables you to hide the Alias column in the Address Book. After you hide the Alias column in the Address Book, the alias of a user is still available in the Properties dialog box. To display the Properties dialog box, double-click the user in the Address Book.

Additionally, if you want to hide the Alias column in the Properties dialog box, you have to modify the details template in the Exchange System Manager. For more information about the details template, visit the following Microsoft Web site: The values in the "ABHiddenColumns values table" section are determined by using the Property ID value and the Data Type value for the following properties:

Title
2.1115 PidTagTitle
Canonical name: PidTagTitle
Property ID: 0x3A17
Data type: PtypString, 0x001F
Business phone
2.672 PidTagBusinessTelephoneNumber
Canonical name: PidTagBusinessTelephoneNumber
Property ID: 0x3A08
Data type: PtypString, 0x001F
Location
2.874 PidTagOfficeLocation
Canonical name: PidTagOfficeLocation
Property ID: 0x3A19
Data type: PtypString, 0x001F
E-mail Address
2.934 PidTagPrimarySmtpAddress
Canonical name: PidTagPrimarySmtpAddress
Property ID: 0x39FE
Data type: PtypString, 0x001F
Company
2.689 PidTagCompanyName
Canonical name: PidTagCompanyName
Property ID: 0x3A16
Data type: PtypString, 0x001F
Alias
2.570 PidTagAccount
Canonical name: PidTagAccount
Property ID: 0x3A00
Data type: PtypString, 0x001F
Department column
2.663   PidTagDepartmentName
Canonical name: PidTagDepartmentName
Property ID: 0x3A18
Data type: PtypString, 0x001F

These properties are described in the [MS-OXPROPS]: Exchange Server Protocols Master Property List Specification document.

The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

DownloadDownload the [MS-OXPROPS] package now.

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
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