Import / Export function in windows 7 contacts not available

Want to import vcf contacts into windows 7 contacts, but the import and export functions are not available.

Tried the Vista trick (right click in folder > customize this folder > optimize for contact) but "customize this folder" is not available in this folder.

At a higher level (c:\users\accountname) this option is available, but appying it there will affect ALL folders, I assume, so i will not use that.


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Last updated February 27, 2018 Views 1,762 Applies to:

It appears that the removal of the customize tab is the default in this folder.

Although I have the Import export etc., I did not have the customize tab.

I checked it on three systems.

By adjusting the registry as shown below, you can enable it.

This is the key for the Contacts folder.


In that key you will see a NoCustomize Dword with a value of 1, change to a 0 and you will see the customize tab.

As always changing the registry, if done wrong, can make your system unusable.

Backup the key before changing and set a restore point

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