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Contacts in Outlook cannot be usefully sorted by birthday because the year isn't ignored. However, for birthdays only the day and the month are of interest.
This VBA procedure adds a new field to a contact folder of your choice, and copies the day and the month of the contact's birthday to it. For getting it sorted right, the format must be 'mm/dd.', that is the month first, then the day.
Public Sub AddFormattedBirthday() Dim Folder As Outlook.MAPIFolder Dim Items As Outlook.Items Dim UserProps As Outlook.UserProperties Dim Prop As Outlook.UserProperty Dim obj As Object Dim Contact As Outlook.ContactItem Dim BDay As Date Dim DateFormat$ Dim Name$ 'Name of the new field Name = "FormattedBirthday" 'Date format. DateFormat = "mm.dd." While Folder Is Nothing Set Folder = Application.Session.PickFolder If Folder Is Nothing Then Exit Sub If Folder.DefaultItemType <> olContactItem Then MsgBox "Select a contact folder", vbInformation Set Folder = Nothing End If Wend Set Items = Folder.Items If Items.Count Then For Each obj In Items If TypeOf obj Is Outlook.ContactItem Then Set Contact = obj BDay = Contact.Birthday If Year(BDay) > 0 And Year(BDay) < 4000 Then Set UserProps = Contact.UserProperties Set Prop = UserProps.Item(Name) If Prop Is Nothing Then Set Prop = UserProps.Add(Name, olText, True) End If Prop.Value = Format(BDay, DateFormat) Contact.Save End If End If Next End If End Sub
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