How to Add All Recipients to Your Windows Mail Contacts

If an email you received has additional recipients, adding them to your Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express address book is a snap. Just right-click on the recipient, select Add to Address Book and confirm the details. But what about adding a dozen new contacts and confirming a dozen details?

Fortunately, Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail and Outlook Express can make adding all recipients in the To: line to your address book a bit easier — not perfectly easy, but easier.

Add All Recipients of an Email to Your Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express Address Book

To add all recipients of an email you have received to your Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express address book:

  • Open the email in its own window by double-clicking it.
  • Select Tools | Add contact | Everyone on the To line from the menu.
    • In Windows Mail and Outlook Express, select Tools | Add to Address Book | Everyone on To List.
  • Click OK for each new contact to confirm.
    • You can go through the new contacts faster by hitting Enter repeatedly.
    • If an address is already in your address book, you will see an informative dialog. Hit Enter.

Add All Cc: Recipients to Your Address Book, Too

Unfortunately, this only works with addresses in the To: field of messages you have received. The more likely and sensible case of additional new contacts in the Cc: field is not covered. You can move the Cc: addresses to the To: field with some manual editing, though, and add them to your address book more comfortably with the above method:

  • Drag and drop the message from its Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express mailbox to your Desktop.
  • Open Notepad.
  • Drag and drop the newly created .eml file (its name should be the same as the email's subject) from the Desktop onto Notepad.
  • Edit the message such that all recipients are in the To: line.
    • Make sure you separate the existing contacts in the To: field from those copied from the Cc: field with a semicolon (;).
    • If the message was
      • To: a_recipient@example.com
        Cc: another_recipient@example.com, yet.another.one@example.com
      make it
      • To: a_recipient@example.com, another_recipient@example.com, yet.another.one@example.com
        Cc:
      for example.
  • Close Notepad saving the file.
  • Drag and drop the .eml file from the Desktop into your Outlook Express Inbox.
  • Add the contacts to your address book.
  • Delete the message and the .eml file on your Desktop.
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