How to Auto Update the Associated Group Member when Changing a Contact’s Email Address in Outlook

By default, when you modify a contact’ email address, the email address of the contact group member corresponding to this contact won’t change accordingly. So, this post will share a way to realize “auto update member” with utmost ease.

The main reason why you change a contact’s email address is generally that the original email address is not useful any longer. Thus, when you change a contact’s email address, you had better modify the email address of corresponding contact group member, too. It may be a bit difficult as you have to find out all the contact groups that contain this contact and then change one by one. Hence, here we will teach you a method, which is able to achieve “auto update”.

Auto Update the Associated Group Member when Changing a Contact's Email Address

Auto Update the Associated Group Member when Changing a Contact’s Email Address

  1. At the very outset, launch your Outlook application.
  2. Then in the main window, press “Alt + F11” key buttons.
  3. Subsequently, you will get into the “Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications” window.
  4. Now, you need to access the “ThisOutlookSession” project.
  5. Next, copy and paste the VBA code below into this project window.
Private WithEvents objInspectors As Inspectors
Private WithEvents objContact As ContactItem
Private strDisplayName As String

Private Sub Application_Startup()
    Set objInspectors = Application.Inspectors
End Sub

Private Sub objInspectors_NewInspector(ByVal Inspector As Inspector)
    If Inspector.CurrentItem.Class = olContact Then
       Set objContact = Inspector.CurrentItem
       strDisplayName = objContact.Email1DisplayName
    End If
End Sub

'Occurs when a contact gets changed
Private Sub objContact_PropertyChange(ByVal Name As String)
    Dim objContacts As Items
    Dim i, n As Long
    Dim objContactGroup As DistListItem
    Dim objTempMail As MailItem
    Dim objTempRecipient As recipient
    'If email address is changed
    If Name = "Email1Address" Then
       Set objContacts = objContact.parent.Items
       For i = objContacts.Count To 1 Step -1
           If TypeOf objContacts(i) Is DistListItem Then
              Set objContactGroup = objContacts(i)

              For n = 1 To objContactGroup.MemberCount
                  Set objGroupMember = objContactGroup.GetMember(n)
                  'Find the corresponding group member
                  If InStr(1, objGroupMember.Name, strDisplayName) > 0 Then
                     'Ask if update corresponding group member
                     If MsgBox("Update Corresponding Group Member?", vbQuestion + vbYesNo) = vbYes Then
                        objContact.Email1DisplayName = objContact.FullName
                        Set objTempMail = Application.CreateItem(olMailItem)
                        Set objTempRecipient = objTempMail.Recipients.Add(objContact.FullName)
                        If objTempRecipient.Resolved = True Then
                           'Remove the original member
                           objContactGroup.RemoveMember objTempRecipient
                           'Add the new member with new email address
                           objContactGroup.AddMember objTempRecipient
                        End If
                        objTempMail.Close olDiscard
                    End If
                 End If
         End If
    End If
End Sub

VBA Code - Auto Update the Associated Group Member when Changing a Contact's Email Address

  1. After that, you ought to sign this macro and change your macro settings to enable signed macros.
  2. Later you could restart your Outlook application to activate the VBA project.
  3. From now on, every time when you change a contact’s email address, you’ll receive a message, asking if to update the corresponding group member.Message Asking If to Update Associated Group Member
  4. When you select “Yes”, Outlook will alter the email entry of the related group member at once.

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