How to reinstate Contact Linking in Outlook 2013

For Outlook 2007 and 2010 there is an Option > Contacts > Linking > Show contacts linked to the current item

This has been removed in Outlook 2013, apparently because they have a new feature of Links when you are on People and the current view is┬áPeople and then look at details. I don’t use that but and tend to use the List view which does not have the links. Also I have historic links, so wanted to reinstate links. Thanks to:

Which I found via

So steps copied from first of these are:

  1. Regedit
  2. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\Preferences
  3. Add DWORD: ShowContactFieldObsolete
  4. Set to 1

That page also referred to a Group Policy registry setting. I did not have that on my machine, did not create it and found that the links were there anyway

To remove:

Set to 0, or remove the Key




Dataset Error: Failed to open a connection to the database – Synonym error

Dataset has been in production use for a long time. I use EF a lot now, but these still need maintenance and modifications for user requests. Error message was:

Wizard form
An unexpected error has occurred.
Error Message: Failed to open a connection to the database
Check the connection and network state and try again

Datasets will not connect Synonym

This was on a remote server so I thought there may be a timeout issue. However a search and thanks to:

revealed that there may be a bad synonym in the database. The writer of that post used Activity Monitor, but SQL Profiler might also find that there was a wait resource of ExternalResource.

Although I did not check the Activity Monitor, I did check my synonyms and they were pointing at an old server. Repaired them to point at a correct location and the dataset issue has gone.