How to Get Confirmed before Saving an Outlook Contact Group with an Existing Name

This article will share you a method to prevent the new contact group from having the same name as any existing groups.

If there are some contact groups that have the same name in your Contacts folder, you may frequently mix them up. For instance, in this situation, when you need to send an email to a contact group, you will find a bit troublesome to find the right group. To avoid this problem, you have to ensure that new contact group has the different name as any existing groups. Now, in the followings, we will introduce a method which can configure Outlook to auto warn you if the new group has the same name as an existing one.

Get Confirmed before Saving a Contact Group with an Existing Name

  1. For a start, launch Outlook VBA editor by referring to “How to Run VBA Code in Your Outlook“.
  2. Then, copy and paste the following VBA code into the “ThisOutlookSession” project.
Public WithEvents objInspectors As Outlook.Inspectors
Public WithEvents objContactGroup As Outlook.DistListItem

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

Private Sub objInspectors_NewInspector(ByVal Inspector As Inspector)
    If TypeOf Inspector.CurrentItem Is DistListItem Then
       Set objContactGroup = Inspector.CurrentItem
    End If
End Sub

'before saving the contact group
Private Sub objContactGroup_Write(Cancel As Boolean)
    Dim strGroupName As String
    Dim objContactsFolder As Outlook.Folder
    strGroupName = LCase(objContactGroup.Subject)
    Set objContactsFolder = objContactGroup.Parent
    For Each objItem In objContactsFolder.Items
        If TypeOf objItem Is DistListItem Then
           'If the new group's name is same as an existing one
           If LCase(objItem.Subject) = strGroupName Then
              'Get confirmed
              strMsg = "There has been an existing group having the same name!" & vbCrLf & "Do you want to save it?"
             If MsgBox(strMsg, vbExclamation + vbYesNo) = vbYes Then
                Cancel = False
                Cancel = True
             End If
             Exit For
           End If
       End If
End Sub

VBA Code - Get Confirmed before Saving a Contact Group with an Existing Name

  1. After that, click into the “Application_Startup” subroutine and press “F5” key.
  2. Finally, you can have a try.
  • First off, create a new contact group.
  • Then, enter a name which is same as an existing group’s name.
  • Later, try to save it by clicking “Save & Close” button.Save New Contact Group
  • At once, you’ll get a message, like the following screenshot.Popup Confirmation
  • If you select “No”, the contact group will not be saved and will keep open for you to change name.
  • If you select “Yes”, the group will be saved immediately.

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