Set the Default Address List View for an Outlook User


Applies to: Exchange Server 2010 SP3, Exchange Server 2010 SP2

In Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1), you can determine whether the global address list (GAL) should be the default address list displayed to Microsoft Outlook users. If users aren't intended to use the GAL as their default view, you can configure it so that Outlook automatically displays the user's Contacts list instead. However, Outlook users can still view the GAL by using the Address Book list. By default, the GAL is displayed to all users.

Looking for other management tasks related to address lists? Check out Managing Address Lists.

Use the Shell to set the default address list view for a user

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "Client Access user settings" entry in the Client Access Permissions topic.


You can't use the EMC to set the default address list view for a user.

This example sets Tony's Contacts list as his default view in Outlook.

Set-CASMailbox -Identity Tony -ShowGalAsDefaultView $false

This example sets Ayla's GAL as her default view in Outlook.

Set-CASMailbox -Identity Ayla -ShowGalAsDefaultView $true

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Set-CASMailbox.

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