How to Add Recipients From the Address Book in Windows Live Hotmail

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The Windows Live brand was discontinued in 2012. Some of the services and products were integrated directly into the Windows operating system (e.g. apps for Windows 8 and 10), while others were separated and continued on their own (e.g. Windows Live Search became Bing), while others were simply axed. What started out as Hotmail, became MSN Hotmail, then Windows Live Hotmail, became Outlook.

Outlook Is Now the Official Name of Microsoft's Email Service

Around that same time, Microsoft introduced, which was essentially a rebranding of Windows Live Hotmail with an updated user interface and improved features. Adding to the confusion, current users were allowed to keep their email addresses, but new users could no longer create accounts with that domain. Instead, new users could only create addresses, even though both email addresses use the same email service. Thus, Outlook is now the official name of Microsoft's email service, formerly known as Hotmail, MSN Hotmail, and Windows Live Hotmail.


Recipients are the people who you want to receive your email. These are the email addresses that would populate the "To" section of the email you want to send them. There may be one, or there may be multiple recipients.

Email addresses, like phone numbers, are not particularly easy to remember. This is what address books are for. And that's also exactly what the Windows Live Hotmail address book achieved.

Add Recipients From Your Address Book in Windows Live Hotmail

In Windows Live Hotmail, inserting a recipient from the address book is easy:

  • Start a new message.
  • Click on To:.
  • To add a name to the list of recipients, click on it.
    • Use the People tab to browse and search your Windows Live Hotmail address book.
    • Use the Categories tab to insert entire groups.
    • Use the Favorites tab to access starred contacts.
    • Use the Recently e-mailed tab to insert addresses you emailed recently, even if they are not in your address book.
    • Click checked contacts again to remove them.
  • Click Close or anywhere outside the contact picker.

The same trick also works for the Cc: and Bcc: fields.

4 Steps to Add Recipients From Your Address Book in Outlook

To send an email in Outlook using your address book, simply follow these 4 steps:

  1. Open Outlook.
  2. Create a new message.
  3. Click on the To button. This takes you to your Address Book.
  4. Find the person you want to send your message to and click OK. You can search from the global address list or your contacts.

Here's some more information about using your address book in Outlook.