2020-12-20 14:25:43 UTC
<rant> In the course of trying to send out Christmas greetings by
e-mail, I am once again driven to lament the passing of Outlook Express.
There was a setting on OE whereby any address I actually sent to to was
automatically added to my address book. Then when I wanted to send
another e-mail to the same person it came up with all addresses on file
for that individual, which often alerted me to, and enabled me to find
and delete, out-of-date ones.
I can't find a similar setting in Outlook.
Both OE and Outlook feature a means of creating a group of addresses to
which the same message can be sent without having to re-type the names
of all recipents separately. But Outlook does not update this list when
I change the e-mail addresses in the address book/contacts list, whereas
OE did. So I end up with a fistful of undeliverable messages sent to
obsolete addresses in spite of having the correct e-mail addresses on file.
And Outlook seems to delete automatically from the contacts list/address
book any address if a message to it has been bounced, but the address,
stripped of all information that might allow it to be recognised,
remains in the group, even if I click on 'Update Group'. It's OK if the
e-mail address contains the name of its owner, but many don't, so I know
that someone who should have received a message hasn't, but it takes a
lot of time comparing lists to work out who it was.
And in Outlook, if I want to add an address manually (which of course
was never necessary in OE because addresses were added automatically), I
often have to specify how I want the name to be listed because it wants
to default to listing only the e-mail address.
Lastly, when I have finally added the address manually, and go to add it
to the group, it asks me whether I want to add them from my contacts
list or my address book. I would have expected those to be one and the
same, but if they are not, what is the difference, and why is there
nothing in the help (nothing that I can find, at any rate) to tell me?
I wish I didn't have such a large e-mail archive. If I didn't I would
willingly ditch Outlook for something more rational, but I am afraid of
losing it if I try to switch, and with rampant Covid-19 about my techy
pal can't come and help me sort it all out.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!