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Outlook VBA get address book names

How to get Outlook address book names via VBA?

Outlook has the option to create multiple address books. Of course, it's for a good reason, to organize address books.

Well, why need to organize? I guess the reason will depend on every individual whether it's a thing to practice or a thing to be ignored.

Outlook address book can be set to manage contacts.

For example, you can have an address book just for Personal use which includes friends and family.

You can set the address book for vendors and another address book for customers only and of course contacts within the organization.

Organizing is a skill if not an attitude to make work easier and manageable.

VBA code below will get all the address book names on Outlook, and once the address book is known you can expand the code to get contacts for each specific address book by supplying the address book name.

Sub getfoldercontact_addressbook_names()

 Dim mContact As AddressList

 Dim mAddressBook As AddressLists

 Dim fs, f

   Set fs = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

   Set f = fs.CreateTextFile("d:\Outlook_AdressBook_Name.txt", True)  

   Set mAddressBook = Application.GetNamespace("MAPI").AddressLists

   f.WriteLine "Outlook Address Book Names:"

On Error Resume Next

    For Each mContact In mAddressBook


       ' MsgBox mContact.GetContactsFolder.AddressBookName

        f.WriteLine mContact.GetContactsFolder.AddressBookName

    Next mContact


    ‘Close to release the memory used by the variable



End Sub

Sample Output:

Outlook Address Book Names:

Contacts - Public Folders


Suggested Contacts

Windows Live Messenger
Customers - East
Vendors - IT Contacts
Personal Contacts

Cheers..hope it helps.. till next time.


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