How to use Address Book Recovery

The necessary steps for recover contacts:

  1. An address book file choice
  2. Address Book restoration
  3. Viewing the restored contacts
  4. Saving contacts
  5. Moving contacts to Windows Address Book

Step 1 - An address book file choice

Address Book Recovery works with the Windows Address Book files which have wab default extension.

Where a file with the current user's contacts will be stored by default. In this box you can choose any other files for restoration, including those that don't have the wab extension.

Note: sometimes the user can find a strange nameless file without a 'wa~' or '~' extension on his computer. That file can even appear on the desktop. This strange file is a back-up copy of the address book, automatically created by the operating system.

Step 2 - Address Book restoration

For Address Book restoration it is enough to push the "Recovery Source File" button or select the main menu item Action | Recovery. After that an additional indicator showing the condition of the process of restoration will appear. When the process is finished you will see a list of restored contacts.

  • If you used the button or the "Select Source File" button for address book file choice, the program will start the restoration process after you push the "Open" button.
  • Address Book Recovery doesn't restore information about Digital IDs.

Step 3 - Viewing the restored contacts

The look of the contact list is similar to Windows Address Book, with a Creation Date column added, and the Name column is supplied with new options. Detailed information on the current contact is reflected below the general list.

If the contact line in the list starts with "+", it means that there is a changes archive on the given contact, and the left mouse-click on the "+"; symbol will enable you to see the previous states of the contact on definite dates. In the Creation Date column the date of creation of the contact is displayed, as well as its changes.

A red cross in the Name column marks contacts that have been deleted in the original Windows Address Book.

There is a checkbox before the name in the Name column. That checkbox is intended for a convenient choice of the records you need and future storage of only the contacts you have chosen. Through the popup menu or the Action menu item you can quickly check/uncheck the records in the contact list.

Saving contacts

Restored contacts can be saved on a disc in the form of the Business Card (vCard v2.1). Later the saved contacts can be exported to many programs, as it is an acknowledged standard of information exchange for PIMs (Personal Information Managers).

You can save: all the records from the list, the current record, or the chosen contacts only. At saving all or only the chosen records the folder choice dialogue will be displayed to you, so that you could choose a folder where the contacts will be saved. At saving by default the name of the file will be formed from the Name of the contact and the vcf extension (the default extension for the vCard). If the folder already contains a file with this name, the same number in brackets will be added to that name, for example: "First Name Last Name [1].vcf", if it is the first file with this name, and "First Name Last Name [2].vcf", if it is the second one.

Note: the vCard v2. 1 standard does not provide saving the information about NetMeeting and Digital Ids, which is stored in the original Windows Address Book.

Moving messages to Windows Address Book.

The saved contacts can be added to Windows Address Book one by or at once. To add one contact, double-click to open it and press "Add to Address Book" button. To copy a few contacts to Windows Address Book at once you should:

  • Select the contacts you want to copy using Ctrl and mouse buttons or Shift and cursor buttons on keyboard.
  • Use your mouse to drag selected messages to the Windows Address Book.

When coping a few contacts at once, it is recommended to have Windows Address Book on left part of screen, and Windows Explorer on right part of it.