How can I edit the Name field in Exchange Contacts?

Gidget Kimble 5 Reputation points

When I export contacts from Exchange, there is a Name field, in addition to Display name, First name and Last name. I cannot find where to edit this Name field. I've tried looking in the Microsoft 365 admin center and the Exchange admin center.

Note - When I add a new contact, this name field does not appear.


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  1. Kael Yao-MSFT 37,676 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @Gidget Kimble

    The Name field is used when you create a mail contact via Exchange Online Powershell. (If you create the mail contact in Exchange Admin Center, it will share the same value as DisplayName)

    Example cmdlet:

    New-MailContact -Name "Chris Ashton" -ExternalEmailAddress ""

    It is used to specific the unique identity of the mail contact.


    To modify the Name field, you may need to connect to Exchange Online Powershell as an Exchange admin and use Set-MailUser cmdlet.

    Example cmdlet:

    Set-MailContact -identity "name of this contact" -Name "unique new name"

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