Set Default Address Book in Outlook 2010
So, I got a new PC at work, and I moved to Outlook 2010. A great annoyance was that whenever I tried sending email, the entire global corporate address book popped up. After some time searching, I figured out how to change this setting, and thought I should record my steps.
- First, launch Outlook 2010 and look in the lower-left-hand corner. There will be options for "Mail", "Calendar", "Contacts", and so forth. Some may be visible with medium-sized icons and a word, others may be collapsed as tiny options along the bottom. Select the one labeled "Contacts".
- In the menu bar at the top, find and select "Home".This will make the ribbon visible, but in a certain "Contacts" mode.
- On the far right-hand side of the ribbon, find and click the button for "Address List". This will bring up a view of the address book. There are other ways to bring up the Address Book view, but this way brings it up with a menu bar.
- Select "Tools" then "Options" from the menu bar.
- This brings up the settings panel that allows you to control these settings. For myself, I chose a "Custom" order, I removed "Global Address List" completely and added my own corporate unit right below "Contacts".
I hope someone else finds this documentation productive. I'm sure I will the next time I need to accomplish this task.