Monday, April 19, 2010

Using Google Voice with Outlook’s Dialer

Microsoft Outlook has this very nifty feature where you can connect your
computer to the phone line and use your Outlook Contact List to instantly dial someone’s number. 
Of course, when they created this they needed to add support for using a calling card, as long distance in
the same country hadn’t even begun to be free.

Now if you use Google Voice, you can use
this to your advantage with the simple addition of just a few seconds to the call.

Continue
Reading for Instructions on how to Outlook up to dial through Google Voice

First,
you’ll want to go to your contacts and open up the Calling Dialogue.  Do this by clicking More
> Call > New Call…

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You should get a dialogue that looks something like:

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You’ll notice immediately that it has been around for ages.  What we want, though, is
“Dialing Properties.”  Once that pops up, you’ll (probably) want to create a New…
location.

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Name it something like “Everywhere” and give it the area code “999
or another area code that is never used.

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Now that that little bit is out of the way, we can get to actually creating the dialer. 
Go to the Calling Card tab and click New…


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Give it a name like “Google Voice.”  For your account number, enter your ten
digit Google Voice number, and for your PIN, enter.. your Pin.

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Go to the Long Distance tab and enter the following rules:


  1. Dial the account number.  (Button: Account
    Number
    )
  2. Wait for 4 seconds. (Button: Wait
    for Prompt…
    , click “Wait for a specific length of time:” and then enter the number 4)

  3. Dial * (Button: Specify Digits…, enter
    the asterisk)
  4. Wait for 4 seconds.
  5. Dial
    the PIN number.
    (Button: PIN)
  6. Wait
    for 4 seconds
    .
  7. Dial 2 (Button: Specify
    Digits…
    , enter the number 2)
  8. Wait for 2 seconds.
    (Button: Wait for Prompt…, click “Wait for a specific length of time:” and then
    enter the number 2)
  9. Dial the area code and number.
    (Button: Destination Number…, make sure “Dial the area code
    is selected and “Dial the country/region code” is not.)
  10. Dial
    #
    (Button: Specify Digits…, enter the pound sign: #)

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Click OK and make sure that Google
Voice
(or whatever you named it) is selected as the calling card.

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Click OK, OK, and then feel free to make
any calls you want using your Google Voice number.  :)