I recently had my IT vendor complete an Office 365 / email migration from one Office 365 vendor directly to Microsoft Office 365. Prior to the migration, I had created a custom contact form in Outlook that had approximately 100 custom user-defined fields that, when I created them, were placed in the “User Defined Fields in the Folder” list. Post the migration, I’ve been able to successfully migrate and publish the form, and each contact record kept the data in the custom fields.
However, my problem is with mail merge - I often use these custom fields for mail merge documents, and since the custom fields within the form are not listed in the “User Defined Fields in the Folder”, the mail merge document / email can’t grab the fields or the data in them.
I’ve read many articles indicating that “User Defined Fields in the Folder” do not migrate, and that there is no method to bulk-import them into the folder to populate that list to be used for mail merges. So 2 questions:
- Is this the case - that there is no way to bulk import / create User Defined Fields in the Folder if those fields already exist within the custom form?
If so, then,
- What is the best way to re-create approximately 100 user defined fields, many of which have complex parameters (such as limited validation options, etc)? Is there a way to modify a custom field and save it so that it gets placed in the User Defined Fields in the Folder list? Obviously, I’d like to accomplish this task in as little wasted time as possible.
Thank you in advance for your help.