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How to add and delete user defined filed in a contact in Outlook?

For example, you want to add the employee ID number for a contact in Outlook, how could you do? This need you to add a custom field to achieve it. And this article will get you to add or delete user defined fields in a contact in Outlook.

Add or delete a user defined filed in a contact in Outlook

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For adding or deleting a user defined field in a contact in Outlook, please do as follows:

1. In the People (or Contacts) view, click View > Change View > Phone to show the contact folder in list view.

2. Double click to open the contact that you will add a custom field for, and then click Contact > All Fields. See screenshot:

3. Go ahead to select the User-defined fields in folder option from the Select from drop down list, and click the New button. (for deleting, please skip to here) See screenshot:

4. In the popping out New Column dialog box, please name the new column, specify type and format for the new column, and click the OK button. See screenshot:

5. Now the new field has been added. Please type the data you need in the Value column. See screenshot:

Note: for deleting a user-defined fields, please (1) select User-defined fields in this item from the Select from drop down list, (2) click to select the specified user-defined field, and (3) click the Delete button. See screenshot:

6. Add or change other contact information as you need, and then click Contact > Save & Close button to save the custom fields.


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    Reta · 1 years ago
    if you needed to deleted a fields list, how would you do that?
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    John · 1 years ago
    In my situation the 'delete' option is grayed out. Why would that be?
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    John Ley · 2 years ago
    FYI... this only deletes the field from the particular record you're on. The field still remains in the overall data structure.
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      Rick Shaddock · 3 months ago
      This always struck me as weird. If we want to delete a field (column), usually we want it deleted for all Contact records, as with MS Access or Excel.
      I had to make a VBA script to do it for all contacts.
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        Janet Carroll · 4 days ago
        Rick, I did not create my date field correctly, so want to delete and re-create it with just the date (not the date and time). Is there any simple lay-person way to completely delete the field, not just make the field not display?

        Thank you in advance for your guidance.
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        Janet Carroll · 4 days ago
        Rick, is there any easy way for someone to completely delete a field (Outlook 2010) so I can re-create it with the correct properties. I want the date to be just the date, not date and time. Thank you in advance for your guidance.