2 Ways to Auto Apply a Custom Business Card Style to New Contacts in Outlook

If you dislike the default business card style for contacts in Outlook, you can utilize the two means introduced in this article. Both of them will auto apply your custom business card style to all new contacts.

Many users would like to apply a custom business card style to all their contacts in Outlook. In comparison to modifying business cards manually, a method which can auto use a custom business card style to all new contacts is preferred. Hence, here we will share you 2 methods. You can choose either to your liking.

Auto Apply a Custom Business Card Style to New Contacts

Method 1: Apply a Custom Form to Contacts Folder

  1. First of all, access “Contacts” area.
  2. Then, create a new contact by hitting “New Contact” button.
  3. In the opened Contact window, leave all fields empty.
  4. Just design the business card, for which you can refer to my previous article – “How to Design Your Favorite Business Card in Outlook”.
  5. After customizing a business card style, you can switch to “Developer” tab.
  6. Under this tab, hit “Publish” > “Publish Form As”.Publish Custom Form
  7. Next, in the popup dialog box, specify a name for this form, such as “Custom BC”.
  8. Subsequently, select a “Contacts” folder and right click on it.
  9. From its context menu, choose “Properties”.
  10. Later, in the new dialog box, select the “Custom BC” from the drop down list of “When posting to this folder, use:”Use Custom Form for All New Items
  11. Finally click “OK” to save the changes.
  12. From now on, the new contact’s business card will auto display in the custom style.

Method 2: Apply Custom Business Card Style to New Contacts via VBA

  1. In the first place, you need to create a new model contact, called as “Custom BC”.
  2. Then design this contact’s business card to your liking.
  3. Next, in the Outlook main window, press “Alt + F11” key buttons.
  4. Then, in the subsequent “Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications” window, open the “ThisOutlookSession” project.
  5. After that, copy the following VBA code into this project.
Public WithEvents objContacts As Outlook.Items

Private Sub Application_Startup()
    Set objContacts = Application.Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderContacts).Items
End Sub

Private Sub objContacts_ItemAdd(ByVal Item As Object)
    Dim objNewContact As Outlook.ContactItem
    Dim objModelContact As Outlook.ContactItem
    Dim strModelXML As String
    If Item.Class = olContact Then
       Set objNewContact = Item
       'Get the model contact's business card style
       Set objModelContact = objContacts.Find("[FullName] = Custom BC")
       strModelXML = objModelContact.BusinessCardLayoutXml
       'Apply the model style to new contact
       With objNewContact
            .BusinessCardLayoutXml = strModelXML
            .AddBusinessCardLogoPicture ("C:\image\logo.gif")
       End With
    End If
End Sub

VBA Code - Auto Apply a Custom Business Card Style to New Contacts

  1. Then, save the code and exit the current window.
  2. Eventually, restart your Outlook to activate the new macro.
  3. Since then, all new contacts’ business cards will be in the same style as the model one.

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