Restoring a default, empty Outlook 2007 .NK2 file

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Bruce - USAOz Services

OK, let’s start with the obvious – I AM A TOTAL IDIOT!
Now that THAT is clearly established, let’s see if any kind person can help
solve my issue with restoring an empty, default .NK2 file in Outlook 2007.
I failed to read (later found) the valuable information in this Forum about
how to delete unwanted or incorrect email addresses from the Auto-suggest /
Auto-fill list.
I THOUGHT it was just a matter of opening the file and editing the unwanted
data out.
So, I found the .NK2 file, opened it with Wordpad, edited the unwanted data
out and closed the file.
VOILA! Auto fill/Autosuggest worked OK – EXCEPT ALL addresses had been
wiped. Not exactly what I wanted or expected!
No problems – it was time for a clean out anyway.
However, NOW my .NK2 file icon has changed (not looking like the Outlook
2007 default) – I THINK (yes I know that’s a dangerous pastime in my case)
it’s the Wordpad icon.
So, how do I restore the default – albeit empty - .NK2 file?
I’m thinking (yes I NEVER learn quickly) that I could just delete the edited
..NK2 file and that Outlook would create a new one but this is probably not
correct so I’ll wait for an informed and knowledgeable answer from this forum.
Thanks.
 
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Milly Staples [MVP - Outlook]

Correct - you can delete the nk2 file or simply rename it and Outlook will
create a new cacheonce you begin sending mail to your e-mail recipients.
You can speed the process by doing the following;

Display your contacts in a table list view. Select all and drag to your
in-box to create a new mail with all of the addresses in the TO: field.
Press Control + K to resolve all the addresses. Then delete the mail
without saving.

You have now populated your nk2 file with all of your contacts' e-mail
addresses. You will build that cache with addresses not in your contacts
after you send the first e-mail but at least you have a leg up.

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Milly Staples [MVP - Outlook]

Post all replies to the group to keep the discussion intact.
ALWAYS post your Outlook version.
How to ask a question: http://support.microsoft.com/KB/555375


After furious head scratching, Bruce - USAOz Services asked:

| OK, let’s start with the obvious – I AM A TOTAL IDIOT!
| Now that THAT is clearly established, let’s see if any kind person
| can help solve my issue with restoring an empty, default .NK2 file in
| Outlook 2007.
| I failed to read (later found) the valuable information in this Forum
| about
| how to delete unwanted or incorrect email addresses from the
| Auto-suggest / Auto-fill list.
| I THOUGHT it was just a matter of opening the file and editing the
| unwanted data out.
| So, I found the .NK2 file, opened it with Wordpad, edited the
| unwanted data
| out and closed the file.
| VOILA! Auto fill/Autosuggest worked OK – EXCEPT ALL addresses had
| been wiped. Not exactly what I wanted or expected!
| No problems – it was time for a clean out anyway.
| However, NOW my .NK2 file icon has changed (not looking like the
| Outlook 2007 default) – I THINK (yes I know that’s a dangerous
| pastime in my case) it’s the Wordpad icon.
| So, how do I restore the default – albeit empty - .NK2 file?
| I’m thinking (yes I NEVER learn quickly) that I could just delete
| the edited .NK2 file and that Outlook would create a new one but this
| is probably not correct so I’ll wait for an informed and
| knowledgeable answer from this forum. Thanks.
 
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Bruce - USAOz Services

OK that's good BUT will the newly created NK2 have the ORIGINAL icon (i.e.
not the wordpad icon generated when I edited the old NK2 file)?
 
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Milly Staples [MVP - Outlook]

If you don't mess with it, yes it should. Why do you care? Just curious.

--
Milly Staples [MVP - Outlook]

Post all replies to the group to keep the discussion intact.
ALWAYS post your Outlook version.
How to ask a question: http://support.microsoft.com/KB/555375


After furious head scratching, Bruce - USAOz Services asked:

| OK that's good BUT will the newly created NK2 have the ORIGINAL icon
| (i.e. not the wordpad icon generated when I edited the old NK2 file)?
|
|
|| OK, let’s start with the obvious – I AM A TOTAL IDIOT!
|| Now that THAT is clearly established, let’s see if any kind person
|| can help solve my issue with restoring an empty, default .NK2 file
|| in Outlook 2007.
|| I failed to read (later found) the valuable information in this
|| Forum about
|| how to delete unwanted or incorrect email addresses from the
|| Auto-suggest / Auto-fill list.
|| I THOUGHT it was just a matter of opening the file and editing the
|| unwanted data out.
|| So, I found the .NK2 file, opened it with Wordpad, edited the
|| unwanted data
|| out and closed the file.
|| VOILA! Auto fill/Autosuggest worked OK – EXCEPT ALL addresses had
|| been wiped. Not exactly what I wanted or expected!
|| No problems – it was time for a clean out anyway.
|| However, NOW my .NK2 file icon has changed (not looking like the
|| Outlook 2007 default) – I THINK (yes I know that’s a dangerous
|| pastime in my case) it’s the Wordpad icon.
|| So, how do I restore the default – albeit empty - .NK2 file?
|| I’m thinking (yes I NEVER learn quickly) that I could just delete
|| the edited .NK2 file and that Outlook would create a new one but
|| this is probably not correct so I’ll wait for an informed and
|| knowledgeable answer from this forum. Thanks.
||
||
||
|| --
|| Bruce - USAOz Services
 

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