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first name, last name issues?

why are most of my contacts/people listed first name, last name while a few are reversed? Is there a way to make them all the same?

Thanks.

Jack

I feel your pain. Something how the stock system syncs with facebook. Either way, if I can't rearrange them or they just won't appear the way I want, I delete the initial attempt and add a new contact that doesn't sync up. I then have an app, Facebook sync. I then associate the new name, with last name first, with their facebook name.

Seems strange, but it's at least a workaround. It even works with situations like my brother's g/f.... I have listed under my family's last name (for convenience) even though her facebook has her correct last name. I simply associate the wrong name with her fb and viola
 
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I feel your pain. Something how the stock system syncs with facebook. Either way, if I can't rearrange them or they just won't appear the way I want, I delete the initial attempt and add a new contact that doesn't sync up. I then have an app, Facebook sync. I then associate the new name, with last name first, with their facebook name.

Seems strange, but it's at least a workaround. It even works with situations like my brother's g/f.... I have listed under my family's last name (for convenience) even though her facebook has her correct last name. I simply associate the wrong name with her fb and viola

thaks but I don't use FB for my contacts. I use Outlook which I sync to google (gmail's contact feature) which I guess auto syncs to my droid? I'm assuming if I manually enter a new contact in gmail then it syncs to the droid -but I have to manually sync between outlook and gmail..

anyway, can't figure out how to standardized the last, first name deal?
 
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i had the same problem, my only fix was to go to the contact in outlook and set the "file as" property on each contact the way i wanted, then export to gmail and find the duplicates, bit of messing about but it annoyed me for long enough!!
i think if you export the contacts to a .csv file you could alter the file as column in excel - which allows you to copy and paste the preference to all the contacts rather than changing them through outlook one at a time... i only noticed this after doing mine manually!
 
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i had the same problem, my only fix was to go to the contact in outlook and set the "file as" property on each contact the way i wanted, then export to gmail and find the duplicates, bit of messing about but it annoyed me for long enough!!
i think if you export the contacts to a .csv file you could alter the file as column in excel - which allows you to copy and paste the preference to all the contacts rather than changing them through outlook one at a time... i only noticed this after doing mine manually!

BTW - have you found an easy way (perhaps automatic) to make sure your contacts on your droid are updated when you make a change in outlook? Outlook appointments can be auto updated/uploaded to gmail calendar via Google Calendar Sync and then my Hero is auto updated down from google calendar I guess as part of the standard android system?

It would seem easy to have something do the same thing for outlook contacts.

Jack
 
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that would be the best thing, but i've not managed to find anything that makes it that easy!
i have been trying to keep the google contacts up to date and then importing them back into outlook with the export feature in google, it's a bit of a faff around really!
i tried to use the htc sync with outlook, but it just created duplicate contacts all over the place, took longer to tidy up than to manually import/export to gmail...
it's difficult to keep on top of, i add information to contacts at different ends so an automatic sync (that works) would be great - i think google are trying to get everyone to use their system as a default rather than the evil microsoft products!
 
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that would be the best thing, but i've not managed to find anything that makes it that easy!
i have been trying to keep the google contacts up to date and then importing them back into outlook with the export feature in google, it's a bit of a faff around really!
i tried to use the htc sync with outlook, but it just created duplicate contacts all over the place, took longer to tidy up than to manually import/export to gmail...
it's difficult to keep on top of, i add information to contacts at different ends so an automatic sync (that works) would be great - i think google are trying to get everyone to use their system as a default rather than the evil microsoft products!

I've had mixed results with htc sync, most of the time when I plug the phone into the computer's usb port, htc sync doesn't recognize it! Not sure what to do about that?
 
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