Quickly Add a Contact to Your Outlook.com Address Book

Save a New Contact Right From an Email

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Adding email addresses manually to your contacts is a maintenance task that takes effort and time. Fortunately, Outlook.com makes adding people who send you emails a simple process — especially if they have sent you an email.

The People App helps you keep track of your contacts and their information in a convenient and easy-to-manage address book.

Quickly Add a Sender to Your Outlook.com Contacts

Follow these steps to add a sender to your People contacts from Outlook Mail:

  1. Open a message from the sender you want to add.

  2. Click on their name in the From or the Cc lines of the message. The sender's contact information will be displayed in a frame to the right.

  3. Click the More actions menu button next to the sender's name.

  4. Click Add to contacts from the menu. The Add contact window will open. The sender's name and email address will be pre-populated in these fields, and you can add and change information in the other available fields, such as first name, last name, and notes. Use the Other section to add nicknames, birthdays, the name of their significant other, personal web pages and anniversary.

  5. Click Save at the top of the page when you're finished to save the contact information.

Your new contact can now be found in your People app under Your contacts.

Accessing Your Saved Contacts in the People App

Outlook.com has numerous apps available to help you manage your emails, contacts, calendars, task lists, and more. You can find apps, including the People app where your contacts are stored, in the App Launcher.

Click the App Launcher button from the top menu button in the upper left corner of the Outlook.com page (it looks a bit like a Rubik's Cube). Click the People tile to open the app where you will find all of your contacts.

In the People app, you can sort the contacts in your address book, including by first name, last name, company, recently added, and other criteria.

There are shortcuts to quickly access your contacts when using Outlook.com:

  • Find them with a search using the search field at the top of the left side frame. In the Mail app, the field is labeled Search Mail and People (in the People app it is simply Search People). 
  • When composing an email, start typing their name in the To field. As you do, suggestions from senders and your contacts will be displayed. If your intended contact is shown, click the name to add it as a recipient. Otherwise, click Search People to extend your contact search.

Organize Contacts With Contact Lists

Keep your contacts nice and tidy by creating contact lists on Outlook.com that you can define. For example, try creating a list of your favorite contacts or a list of your family contacts.