How to force Outlook to auto resolve a name from the GAL

From my post Lotus Notes Type-ahead vs Outlook Auto name checking I covered how Outlook auto resolved names from the GAL and Outlook Address Book (OAB).

I mentioned in the post that Outlook automatically resolved the name entered in the To: field by querying the GAL. However compared to Lotus Notes Type-ahead this auto resolve process didn’t happen instantly. There’s a delay of several seconds with Outlook querying the GAL and returning a matching recepient email address obtained from the Global Address List (for internal recepients or contacts in the GAL).

If you want to force Outlook to auto resolve a name instantly from the GAL simply type in the name on the To: field of the message you’re composing and press Ctrl + K.

Outlook auto resolve GAL

Ctrl + K will force Outlook to instantly query(auto resolve) the GAL and return any possible matches to the name entered in the To: field.

Using this handy keyboard shortcut gives business users the ability to validate the recepient’s email addresses however it’s still not as intuative as the Lotus Notes Type-ahead implementation since this can auto resolve names in a character by character basis (not to mention on the fly!).

Related posts:

  1. How to set Outlook to auto resolve from the GAL before the Outlook Address Book
  2. Lotus Notes Type-ahead vs Outlook Auto name checking
  3. Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange Migration: How to Transfer Lotus Notes Contacts to Outlook
  4. Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange Migration: How to send Lotus Notes Database links from Outlook – Part I
  5. Frequently asked Outlook Questions

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    June 13, 2010 - 11:53 pm | Permalink

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