Add Contacts: Microsoft Office Outlook Add-in

Automatically add new contacts to your Outlook address book

Address book with pen inside
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The first time you send a new email to a person, automatically add their email address to a folder in your personal mailbox, your Outlook address book, or in public folders on a Microsoft Exchange server with the Add Contacts Outlook add-in from the third-party developer MAPILab.

Add Contacts gathers contacts names from the recipient fields in the header of an email, and it scans the message body for contact possibilities. It also assigns the message category to the new contact automatically. Add Contacts does not work with different address books for different email accounts.

Add Contacts is compatible with Outlook for Office 365, Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, and Outlook 2010.

How Add Contacts Can Work for You

What We Like

  • Automatically adds email recipients to Contacts.

  • Manually scan sent mail for new contacts.

  • Guesses names and auto-assigns categories.

What We Don't Like

  • Can't use different contact folders for different email accounts.

  • Can't scan arbitrary folders for new contacts.

  • Includes one year of technical support.

Outlook 2000 had a feature that built an address book automatically when a reply was sent to a message in the Inbox. The recipient of the reply message was added to the contacts list. This feature was removed in later versions of Outlook, but the Add Contacts add-in returns this feature.

Screenshot of Add Contacts

Add Contacts adds recipients of replies automatically and collects addresses from new messages you send. If the name of a contact cannot be derived from the To or Cc line, Add Contacts looks in the message body for something like "Dear John" to give the anonymous address a name. If you chose a category for the message or reply, Add Contacts assigns the same Outlook category to the contact.

While you can choose the Contacts folder to use for new addresses, Add Contacts does not allow the automatic use of multiple folders — one for each email account, for example. In addition to retrieving new contacts from messages as you send them, Add Contacts also goes through your sent mail on demand and collects new addresses. It's not possible to scan arbitrary folders this way.