Friday, October 29, 2004

Outlook 2003 Nicknames

Now I don't often rant about MS :-) but something like this really annoys me. I have spent the last 2 hours trying to find out how to remove the "Nicknames" feature from Outlook 2003. Nothing found anywhere. Then I found the Ol2kNick tool from MS, that doesn't work with 2002 or 2003. Then I found an updated article for a new tool for Outlook 2002, that has not been officially released, so I downloaded that (KB 318827). Fortunately, it also works with Outlook 2003, despite setting the wrong registry key. So why the rant, you ask? Well, why didn't Microsoft just tell us that you can create a key called NoNicknames and set it to 1 !!! And the key MaxNicknames which can be set to the maximum number of nicknames that you want stored in the .NK2 file if you want (default is 1000).

Somebody wrote about the MaxNicknames saying that it will not work with a value above a 1000. I haven't tested this, I wanted to change it to 0 so that no nicknames could be saved, sorry

Where?
HKeyCurrentUser/Software/Microsoft/Office/11.0/Outlook/AutoNameCheck
Change 11.0 to 10.0 for Outlook 2002 (XP). You may have to create the AutoNameCheck registry hive yourself, and the key most definitely. They are both REG_DWORDs.

Comments:
Does this edit actually work with Outlook 2003 ? I tried adding the Dword to 9999999, and the limit is still 1000.
 
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