Good question, Joe. I haven't tried this before, but was your OE Identity the main/default identity during the import? If so, try making your dearest's OE Identity the default before you start importing to her OL Profile.
Profiles is the only way to do handle separate "users" in OL, which, for OL 2000, is only available through Corporate or Workgroup (CW) config. You can switch to CW mode by going to Tools > Options > Mail Delivery. Please make sure you have your Office setup CD ready. I never had problems with switching Profiles or being prompted for one (I have stopped using Profiles), but you could try to making the switch manually and see if OL would comply.
In order for OL to use a Contacts folder (and you can have more than one) as an address book, the Outlook Address Book service must be running. If you are running CW mode, you can check if the service is there by going to Tools > Services, and make sure Outlook Address Book is listed. If not, click the Add button to add the service.
You mentioned there might be a need to share Contacts, but even Profiles won't be able to achieve this objective. Is there a reason why both of you must be on OL? Can one of you use OL and the other OE? The reason for OL/OE combo is that gives the option in Windows Address Book (WAB) to share Contacts if OE user so desires. To enable Contacts sharing, open WAB, then Tools > Options. Restart WAB for the change to take effect.
With Internet-Mail Only (IMO) mode, there is no Profiles or Identities as on OE, but all is not lost if you are willing to accept a change to how you interact with you email.
Now when email comes in via either account, it will get moved to the appropriate "inbox" folder and when responding to the email, the reply will be saved in the same "inbox" folder and should be sent out using the email account through which the original email was retrieved, plus you can have a shared Contacts folder (the existing Contacts folder) as address book, as well as additional Contacts folders for personal use separately. Unfortunately, everything else (Calendar, Notes, Tasks, etc.) gets shared as well. Not very elegant, I know.
Message Edited by esquire on 09-15-2004 02:17 AM
I see now why both of you want to switch to OL. I agree OE is very primitive - most PDAs don't even synchronize to Windows Address Book by default.
Personally, I have always preferred CW mode (and I don't connect to an Exchange server either) since it gives me more control over OL services than IMO mode does - most single user I know prefer IMO, but the pain in choosing CW and IMO disappears once I migrate to OL2002 - there is no separate email modes.
It's no naviety - all one needs is patience. It may sound complicated, but setting up Contacts to manage your address book/personal info is actually fairly easy - I have been using OL to do this since the first version (97). One of my physician friends goes even further - he distributes email (mail merge) to selected clients and friends monthly updates on related medical advances/info by selecting multiple categories that suits the client profile(s) for the update items. The tedious part is organizing Contacts entries, especially when OL Categories is in use, which doesn't go very well with Palm OS.
The "trickest" part is actually synchronizing different PDAs/phones with different Profiles. My Sony Ericsson phone software even allows me to select only those Contacts entries I want to synchronize to the phone (albeit without Categories), and it works with Profiles. If I remember correctly, setting up to synchronize with Profiles wasn't very difficult either - I was synchronizing with 2 Palm units on different Profiles, but I have since moved on to a single Pocket PC (and why I stopped using Profiles).
Good luck with the rethink. Do post if you need more help on this.
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