Fix for New Contact Group Button Not Displaying in Vista

Reader Jeffrey wrote in with a problem – The New Contact Group button wasn’t showing up when he went into his Vista Contacts folder. After checking, I noticed I had the same exact problem.

Turns out the problem is that Vista thought my Contacts folder was a picture folder for some unknown reason.

Notice how the button is completely missing from the toolbar.

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To change the folder so that Vista realizes it’s a contacts folder, right-click anywhere in the folder, and then choose Customize This Folder from the menu.

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Now from the Customize tab, change the “Use this folder type as a template” to Contacts instead of Pictures, or whatever it was set to.

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Now when you look at your Contacts folder, you’ll see the New Contact Group button as well as the other relevant buttons.

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There should really be some better logic to determine the folder type.

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