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How to change default journal entry type in Outlook?

When we create a new journal entry in Outlook, the Phone call is selected in the Entry type box by default. See screen shot below. In some cases, you may prefer other journal entry type rather than the Phone call, and it’s boring to change the entry type every time when you create a new one. Actually, you can change the default journal entry type in Outlook.

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To change default journal entry type in Outlook, you have to change the registry and add a new string value for default journal entry type. And you can do as following:

Step 1: Press the Win + R keys at the same time to open the Run dialog box, enter the regedit into the Open box, and click the OK button.

Step 2: In the popping up User Account Control dialog box, click the Yes button.

Step 3: Now you get into the Registry Editor, find out the Phone Call key with following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Outlook\Journaling\Phone Call

Step 4: Find out and select the DWORD of DescriptionID, and then remove it with pressing the Delete key. And in the warning dialog box, just click the Yes button. See screen shot below:

Step 5: Go ahead to create a new string value with clicking the Edit > New > String Value, and name the new string value as Description.

Step 6: Double click the new string value of Description to open the Edit String dialog box, input your custom journal entry type into the Value data box, and then click the OK button.

Step 7: Close the Registry Editor window, and restart your Microsoft Outlook.

From now on, when your create a new journal entry in Outlook, the new journal entry’s type is the custom type your specified in Step 6 by default.

Note: After setting your own default entry type, the phone call option will be removed from the Entry type list.


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    Journal Fan69 · 5 months ago
    Microsoft is really doing the most. Why do you have to make registry edits, just to change something that should be in the settings?