Keep Outlook from putting the wrong country in new addresses

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.

Written by

Diane Poremsky
A Microsoft Outlook Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 1999, Diane is the author of several books, including Outlook 2013 Absolute Beginners Book. She also created video training CDs and online training classes for Microsoft Outlook. You can find her helping people online in Outlook Forums as well as in the Microsoft Answers and TechNet forums.

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3 responses to “Keep Outlook from putting the wrong country in new addresses”

  1. Johnny

    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?

  2. Rhonda

    BRILLIANT! You just saved me a HEAP of time manually changing the country for about 900 contacts!

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