Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Outlook NK2 Annoyances

If you use Outlook (ok who doesn’t?) and you are troubled by it’s use of autocompletion of email addresses when sending messages this post is for you.  When you send emails, Outlook remembers (well it tries to remember) all the email addresses so that they are availemailable as autocomplete entries later.  They don’t get added to your Contacts (or Outlook Address Book), but they are cached in and nk2 file on your hard drive….which is profile specific.  This is a problem because profiles are problematic.  Many things can cause a profile to become corrupt, unavailable and just outright die.  Let’s face it, profiles suck.  So to get around this it’d be nice to have a tool that could fix or recreate these nk2 files.  Enter the Rebuild Outlook Autocomplete Cache tool.  This free (but not Open Source) tool will allow you to recreate a NK2 file from addressbookreading the addresses on messages in your Sent items folder or any other folder in your Outook mailbox.  When combined with the tool you can even recreate your existing, corrupted cache. dumps your existing cache (even if it’s corrupt) to a csv file which you can suck back into your Outlook Address Book.  Then use the rebuild tool on that contact list to pre-populate the nk2 autocomplete file. 

Oh yeah…one more tip. Have you ever wanted to reset all your Outlook contacts “File As” properties so they are all “lastname, firstname” or “firstname lastname”? Well it not easy, but here is link to a Microsoft doc telling you how to do it.

Good stuff….good luck.


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Alex said...

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Dan Bath said...

We have a very nice FREE Outlook NK2 Auto complete cache rebuild tool.

I recommend only building the cache on trusted folders on sent folder, if you rebuild on Inbox you basicaly making a cache of inbound emails wich could contain alot of spam.

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