After upgrading Outlook, the business card's on all contacts will use a bland gray image. While you can create a custom form that will apply to all new contacts, the business card on existing contacts won't be updated. This is to preserve any business cards you may have already updated. Also, if you use the default card image and add contact photos, the contact photos display on the business cards. However, when you replace the business card image, it will be used instead of any contact photo.
We have three code samples available. The VBA code sample on this page changes the business card image on selected contacts
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Code Sample 1 (below) works on *selected* contacts, not folders. You can select only the contacts you want to change and skip any you've already updated with logos. Code Sample 2 is similar but applies the card image to all contacts in the folder. We include a sample If... Then statement to limit the changes to contacts based on the value of the Private or Company field.
The VBA in Code Sample 3 picks up the BusinessCardLayoutXml from the selected contact and applies it to all other contacts in the folder or selection.
If the contact has a contact photo, it is not replaced. However, the new business card image will override the contact photo, as seen in these before and after screenshots. If you want to use the contact photo (when a contact has a photo) on the business cards, do not change the business card image!
Code Sample 1: Use VBA to update selected business card images
This code will change the business card image on selected contacts, as you can't change the business card image using a custom form.
This code sample replaces the current image - it does not move or re-size it. For example, if the card was previously customized with an image on the right, the code will keep the size and placement on the right. To move or re-size an image or customize the card background or text, you need to change the Business card XML.
Public Sub ChangeBusinessCardImage_SelectedContacts() Dim Session As Outlook.NameSpace Dim currentExplorer As Explorer Dim Selection As Selection Dim currentItem As Object Dim folder As Outlook.folder Dim obj As Object Dim strFirstName As String Dim strLastName As String Dim strFileAs As String Set currentExplorer = Application.ActiveExplorer Set Selection = currentExplorer.Selection On Error Resume Next For Each obj In Selection Set folder = currentItem.Parent 'Test for contact and not distribution list If obj.Class = olContact Then Set objContact = obj With objContact obj.AddBusinessCardLogoPicture ("C:\image\outlook.png") .Save End With End If Err.Clear Next Set Session = Nothing Set currentExplorer = Nothing Set obj = Nothing Set Selection = Nothing Set currentItem = Nothing Set folder = Nothing End Sub
More photo and image commands
To add a contact photo, remove the contact photo, or to reset the business card to Outlook's default, replace obj.AddBusinessCardLogoPicture ("C:\image\outlook.png") in the code sample with one of the following lines:
obj.AddPicture ("path") 'adds a contact photo obj.RemovePicture 'removes the contact photo obj.ResetBusinessCard ' removes all custom formatting
Code Sample 2: Change the business card image on all contacts in a folder
This variation of the code changes all of the business card images in the default contacts folder. You can use an If... then statement (sample below) to restrict the changes to a contacts matching a specific condition.
As with the earlier code, although we limit this sample code to changing the business card image, you can use change any contact field by editing the field name.
Public Sub ChangeBusinessCardImage() Dim obj As Object Dim oFolder As Outlook.MAPIFolder Dim oContact As Outlook.ContactItem Dim colItems As Outlook.Items Dim i As Long Dim lCount As Long Set oFolder = Application.Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderContacts) Set colItems = oFolder.Items lCount = colItems.Count For i = 1 To lCount Set obj = colItems.Item(i) If (obj.Class = olContact) Then Set oContact = obj oContact.AddBusinessCardLogoPicture ("c:\image\logo.png") oContact.Save End If Next End Sub
Change Contacts based on property values
By adding a simple If... Then statement around the code the changes the picture, you can run it on all contacts in the folder but apply it only to certain contacts, unlike Code Sample 1, which works on selected contacts.
See Change the image on a Business Card based on the Category for VBA code that changes the business card image based on the category a contact is assigned to.
If oContact.Sensitivity = olPrivate Then oContact.AddBusinessCardLogoPicture ("c:\image\logo.png") oContact.Save End If
To add a company logo to all contacts from a specific company, the code will look like this:
If oContact.CompanyName = "CDOLive" Then oContact.AddBusinessCardLogoPicture ("C:\image\logo.gif") oContact.Save End If
Note that this code is case sensitive. Before using it, you should use a group by Company view and verify you are using only variation of a company name. If more than one exist, drag the contacts to one group.