recover contact category assignments

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astro46

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Outlook version
Outlook 2016 64 bit
Email Account
IMAP
I don't know what happened: I had a category list open, saw a contact that no longer belonged in that category, highlighted the contact, right clicked and clicked on that category. Outlook then proceeded to remove that category assignment from everyone in the category. Category then had no one in it.

Is there a way to recover the assignments? Short of going through the entire contact list manually.
 

Diane Poremsky

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Outlook version
Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
There isn't an undo option - sorry. I'm guessing (assuming it's not an outlook.com contact folder) that the contacts were all selected when you right clicked - and selecting the category that was already assigned to contacts toggled the category off.
 

astro46

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Outlook version
Outlook 2016 64 bit
Email Account
IMAP
Diane, thanks for the quick reply. that is the answer I was expecting, while still hoping that there was a way back.

Oh well,
Jeffrey
 

Diane Poremsky

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Outlook version
Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
You can try using a list view (like Phone list) and adding the last modified date to the view then sort by it - if the ones you changed have the same modified date, select them all and right click and reselect the category. It works for Exchange accounts but I'm not sure if it works for pop accounts - if it does, it makes adding the categories back much easier.

damn spell check lol. that was modified, not midwifed
 
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