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You’ll find the following 6 oab-files in this location which make up the full Offline Address Book: If you are still using Outlook 2002/XP or previous, the file names won’t have a “u” in front of their name.

You’ll have to rename them all to or, in the case of Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2013, rename the folder containing the oab-files to to reset the local Offline Address Book.

This is great for testing or when it is important that changes are published immediately (note that users must still update the OAB manually or wait a OAB sync interval to see the changes).

Prompt before for full download As the OAB can be quite large in some environments, it could be wise to be prompted when Outlook wants to download the full OAB.

This allows you to abort the update process when you are for instance on a slow or expensive connection.

Even though Outlook is the last in the chain, it is often the first level where the troubleshooting takes place as usually this is where the request is coming from.

And since this website’s main focus is on Outlook, it makes sense to start with Outlook as well ;-).


  1. Sep 17, 2013. The automatic sync and update schedules; Updating Outlook. in this group” for all the other accounts you might have are not selected.

  2. Jun 20, 2018. Updating the Global Address Book in Outlook on Windows. If you are not seeing correct contact information in the GAL for someone that has a.

  3. Sep 5, 2017. These issues concern synchronization, address book updates, and. in the GAL, the changes will not be replicated to the Offline Address Book.

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