Last reviewed on May 26, 2013   —  3 Comments

Regional and Language Settings

When you add a contact without entering a country, Microsoft Outlook, by default, uses the country selected in Control Panel > Regional and Language Settings > Format selection.

This change will apply to new Contacts only. When you change country in Regional Settings, it doesn’t affect existing contacts.

Update the Country field for Existing contacts

The procedure for updating the country field is very simple: group by the Location field and drag between groups.

Outlook 2010 and up:

  1. In the Contacts folder, switch to the List view, then Arrange By: Location.
  2. Right Click on Country/Region field name and choose Group by this field.
  3. Select those contacts that have the wrong country.
  4. Drag the selected contacts to the correct country group heading.

Drag contacts between groups to change fields
Outlook 2007 and older:

  1. In the Contacts folder, switch to the By Location view. (Veiw menu)
  2. Select those contacts that have the wrong country.
  3. Drag the selected contacts to the correct country group heading.

Note: you can use this same process to change many other editable fields: just group by the field that a large number of contracts need changed to and drag the contacts between groups.


Comments

  1. Johnny says

    1.In the Contacts folder, switch to the By Location view - I do not have the option "By Location view" - Would you kindly advise how I may activate this option?

    • Diane Poremsky says

      What version of Outlook? In Outlook 2010 go to View Ribbon, click the Change View button, select List then location from the Arrangements. In older versions, its on the View menu. The view menu layout is slightly different in each older version, but it should be on the arrange by menu.

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