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Stop Outlook from formatting phone numbers

In Australia, mobile numbers are formatted like this:

0499 999 999

If you out that into an Outlook contact record, it will most likely format it in another stupid way.

You can stop Microsoft Outlook from automatically formatting phone numbers in Windows 7 by:

  1. Clicking “Start” and search for “dialing rules”
  2. Select “Set up dialing rules”
  3. Edit the entry for “My location”
  4. Set the area code to 1
  5. Click ok twice

Outlook will stop formatting phone numbers.  It’s a similar procedure on Windows Vista and XP.

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