"An Outlook Address Book entry cannot be used as an e-mail address in a contact."


Um, yeah. It’s almost impossible to figure out what this means. I was trying to move an email address in an existing contact in Outlook 2010 from the E-mail slot to the E-mail 2 slot  and this gem popped up when I tried to paste it.

Turning to Bing, nothing of any use.Google, much the same. However, I found questions on this at least back to 2004 with Outlook 2003. So what’s going on?

Well, I have no idea, really, but here’s the fix that worked for me. First, I copied the existing email address from the E-mail slot into the Notes field for safekeeping. Then I updated the E-mail slot with the new email address I wanted to add and saved the contact. Next I opened the contact up again, copied the old email address out of the Notes field and pasted it into the E-mail 2 slot. This time I was allowed to past the old email address in.

I tried all sorts of variations on this, and what I described above was the only one that worked, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t some smarter way around it. Frankly, I’m not sure why it works, but it does.

Another one for the “I just wasted a bunch of time so you don’t have to” bucket.


Keeping Score on 64 bit vs. 32 bit Microsoft Applications

As those of you who follow this blog know, I’ve get the best laptop in the world.  One of the joys of it is the 64 bit architecture.  I was lagging behind with my old Jornata Dell Latitude D820, and now I can VM with the big boys.

But can I really?  It turns out that many 64 bit applications are actually a step backward in other ways.

Product Architecture Benefits Drawbacks
Office 2010 32 bit
  • My Excel spreadsheets can only cover the state of RI
64 bit
  • Really big Excel spreadsheets that can cover the eastern US
  • Very few add-ins work
  • Can’t cohabitate with SharePoint Designer 2007 (my workhorse tool) *unless* you uninstall SPD first, install O2010x64, and then reinstall SPD2007. (Last bit per Jeremy below)
  • Can’t use Datasheet view with SharePoint lists
Internet Explorer 32 bit    
64 bit  
  • No Flash – Adobe doesn’t have an x64 plugin (per @gusfraser) Ed.: Not clear that this is a drawback. ;+)

What else goes in the tables?  Tell me your plusses and minuses, and I’ll update the tables so that everyone can make good decisions.