In Microsoft Outlook, you can add new categories to the
default Master Category List. This article describes how to share a modified
Master Category List with other users.
To share the Master Category List, export the Categories
key from the registry and distribute this key to other users. NOTE
: The registry key reference in the steps below only exists if the
Master Category List has had a custom entry added. Important
This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
How to Export the Categories Key
- Click Start, and then click Run.
- In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
- Click to select one of the following registry subkeys:
For Microsoft Outlook 2002:
For Microsoft Office Outlook 2003:
- Click the Categories folder, and then click Export
Registry File on the Registry menu.
- Select a location for the file such as your desktop, type a
descriptive name for the file, and then click Save.
- Close the Registry Editor.
You can now distribute the file to other users that are also
using Microsoft Outlook 2002. This file cannot be distributed to users of older
versions of Outlook as the formats have been changed. To update the registry on
another computer running Outlook 2002, double-click the <file name>.reg
file and the new categories replace the Categories list in Outlook. CAUTION
: This procedure overlays the existing Master Categories List on
the receiving computer. Any changes made to that file are lost.NOTE
: It is possible for your records to contain user-defined
categories that are not stored in the Windows registry. To ensure they are in
the registry, you must add them to the Master Category List.
How to Add User-defined Categories to the Master Category List
- On the Edit menu for the Inbox folder, click Categories.
- In the Categories dialog box, click Master Category List.
- In the New Category box, type the name of a new category, and then click Add.
- Click OK twice.