How to Change Outlooks Area Code

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For users who work primarily in one geographic region, they can set a default phone area code in Outlook. This feature saves time by removing the need to enter duplicate area codes in the Contacts list. For users who have Outlook set up to make telephone calls directly from the computer through a modem, changing the Outlook area code also eliminates the need to manually enter this code every time a call is made. The default area code can be easily bypassed if a call outside the local area needs to be made.

  • Begin from the primary Outlook overview screen. Click on the menu marked "Actions." Select "Call Contact" and then "New Call." Instead of entering a phone number, however, click on "Dialing Options." A new dialog box will open.

  • From the "Dialing Options" dialog box, click on the "Dialing Properties" option. Again, a new dialog box will appear. In the text region marked "Area Code," enter the desired three-digit area code to be used. Click on "OK."

  • Press "Close" to close the dialog box. Confirm that the default area code has been set by clicking on "Actions," "Call Contact" and "New Call" again, as outlined in the first step. The "New Call" window should have the desired area code already filled out and ready to use.

  • Double-click on the three-digit area code listed in the "New Call" window to change the default entry to another code, if needed. Once the digits are selected, enter a new area code followed by the rest of the phone number. Future actions will continue to use the default area code set in the previous steps.

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