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    Hello Guys
    Does anyone knows how to increase the size of the cashed NK2 file. i know in outlook 2002 you can edit a registry key, but i have 2003?
    Thanks

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    Re: Increase the size of NK2 File

    Out of curiosity, why do you want to want to increase it?
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      Re: Increase the size of NK2 File

      Originally posted by AviTelx View Post
      have a look in here ...
      Hello Guys
      Does anyone knows how to increase the size of the cashed NK2 file. i know in outlook 2002 you can edit a registry key, but i have 2003?
      Thanks
      The autocomplete cache is also known as the nickname cache and is stored as a hidden file in C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\<profile_name>.NK2 if you use Outlook 2002/2003. It has a limit of 1000 addresses, and new addresses are not added to it until you end the current Outlook session. There is a registry key you can edit to control the size of the nickname cache in older versions of Outlook, but it doesn't work with Outlook 2003.

      If the users are losing addresses of people they recently replied to, it's because Outlook crashes or does not close properly and the changes are not written to the NK2 file. The existing *.NK2 shouldn't be replaced by a clean *.NK2 if this happens, but new addresses you've sent new mail to or replied to won't be saved to the file. Less used addresses are replaced by new addresses when the NK2 contains 1000 addresses, but if something is corrupt, Outlook replaces the current NK2 with a new, clean one.

      If you have a mistyped address in your cache you can use the arrow keys to select the address and press Delete to remove it. You can also delete the existing NK2 file to completely clear the cache and start with a clean cache.

      Microsoft doesn't provide a tool to edit the nickname tool, however, if you need to view or edit the NK2 file, a third party utility called Owtlook is available. This tool allows you to edit the NK2, capture the addresses and create contacts, or populate it with frequently used addresses. Owtlook is especially useful for corporations that need to capture all addresses employees correspond with.

      If you're using the autocomplete cache as your address book because it's too much effort to right click on an address and save it as a new Contact, you should use a utility that creates contacts from all addresses you reply to, as the autocomplete cache is not a good substitute for contacts. You can find a list of utilities at http://www.slipstick.com/addins/contacts.htm#data

      Note: If you use an older version of Outlook, much of the above information applies, but the nickname file for older versions uses the extension .nick.

      Owtlook
      http://www.dcs-imaging.com/products.htm

      Reduce the Number of Names in the Nickname Cache (Outlook 2002)
      http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=293032

      SOURCE: http://www.slipstick.net/emo/2005/up050609.htm#nk2
      Last edited by Wired; 23rd June 2008, 10:17. Reason: Clarified Quote

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