Access Linked Data with Outlook Contacts RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have linked Outlook contacts with my Access data base. A Primary Key cannot be assigned to contacts in a linked Table. How can I have this date be in a regular table for use and assigning a Primary Key and not loose the Linked Table that is capturing any updates from outlook.

    I tried converting the linked table to a regular table, however, the linked feature is lost when doing this.

    I hope this is a clear explanation of my challenge.


    Saturday, February 18, 2017 7:56 PM

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  • Hi,

    You can select more than one field to create a primary key to use.

    Hope it helps...

    Saturday, February 18, 2017 10:58 PM
  • Hi,

    I am using Office2016 and importing the Outlook Contacts as a linked table into Access. The field "Normalized Subject" is assigned as PK by default. And I could change other field like "E-mail address" as PK.

    What is your version of Office? In my opinion, Access would automatically assign a primary key for the linked table.



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    • Edited by Chenchen Li Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1:49 AM
    Monday, February 20, 2017 4:04 AM
  • I don't understand this: "...this date be in a regular table for use and assigning a Primary Key ...."

    In any case: you have a link to Outlook contacts - that's a good thing.  Why is a primary key even a concern in terms of any actual database/application functionality?  Any field that has unique values can be considered/used as if the primary key even if not officially displaying that role in table design. 

    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 5:17 PM