How to redesign the Contact form without losing the original layout?

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Outlook version
Outlook 2010 32 bit
Email Account
I've been reading this very helpful page:-

- and I notice that under the "Save as a template or publish the form?" heading, it says:-

"The screenshot below is of the Contacts form in design mode. Note that the Contact form looks like the old Outlook 2002 (and older) forms. As long as you don't edit the first page, it will retain the look of Microsoft Outlook 2003 Contact forms and up when published."

But I WANT to edit the first page! I just want to put in a couple of extra fields and shrink the notes area a bit, without disturbing the rest of the form. But I don't want that old-fashioned form that I'm forced to publish. (I'm not new to this, I've created many forms, but I've never tried to manipulate the existing form in this way.) The worst thing is not being to put the business card into the new form. If I bite the bullet and accept losing the nice form, is there any way that the card can be inserted? (And why do Microsoft do this? WHY can't we edit this form?!)


Diane Poremsky

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Outlook version
Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
Ya mean like this:


Open Control toolbox, right click and choose custom controls - the biz card control is there somewhere.

The "proper way" to keep the pretty front page is by using Form regions. I don't have any write up's on it yet though. (It's on my list.) The main drawback to forms regions is that you need a file on the hard drive - they are not as easy to share.


Outlook version
Outlook 2010 32 bit
Email Account
Yes - and thanks so far anyway. Custom controls - a heap of new goodies to play with! :D

I'll see if I can do a bit of homework myself on Form regions - I like a challenge!
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