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Old 10-05-2005, 08:21 PM
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Default TIP: How should I _completely_ get rid of some PIM categories?

Over at HP forum, asnwering a question, I made the following discovery:

if you just delete a category from, say, the built-in Pocket Outlook Contacts, it won't be wiped out of the Pocket PC entirely. It'll remain there and may even result in ActiveSync's synchronizing it further.

Say you create a new category "MY category". Before removing it, it'll be handled as a pre-defined category:

If you delete this category from, say, Contacts, it'll still remain in the choosable category list (and AtiveSync will still see it):

The key to the solution is that this category is stored in a so-called 'system database'. To get rid of it, do the following:

1, get PhatWare Pocket dbExplorer

2, install, start and enable system databases: View/Options/Show system databases

3, click the newly-displayed \Categories

4, choose TEXT at the bottom and press the right arrow until you see the to-be-deleted category name at the top window:

5, exactly at this record, choose Records/Delete.

6, do this for all the categories you want to completely wipe out.
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