Easy Steps to Creating a vCard in MS Outlook

Get rid of that physical address book by using vCards in Outlook

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vCards store contact information from an email client and are useful when sharing contacts. You can export information to a VCF file and then import that file into a different email program to transfer the contact information there.

You can export contact information to a vCard file in Outlook, Outlook.com, and Outlook 365 using the simple steps below.

The term "Business Card" is also used to refer to vCards but that doesn't mean that they're reserved just for business use.

Instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010, Outlook 365 and Outlook Online.

How to Create a vCard in Outlook 2016, 2013, and 2010

Building a vCard amounts to creating an address book entry. Follow the appropriate steps below that apply to your email client:

  1. Switch to People from the left side of Outlook.

    Viewing contacts in Outlook.
  2. From the Home menu, select New Contact.

    Selecting the new contact option in Outlook.
  3. Enter all the information for the contact.

    Entering in information into a new contact card in Outlook.
  4. Choose Save & Close from the Contact tab.

    Saving a new contact card in Outlook.

How to Export a vCard in Outlook 2016, 2013, and 2010

To export an Outlook contact to a VCF file for sharing or storing, follow these steps:

  1. Open the listing for the contact that you want to export.

    Viewing details of a contact in Outlook.
  2. From that contact's page, go to File > Save As.

    Viewing the File options in Outlook.
  3. Make sure the Save as type is set to vCard Files (*.vcf), and then select Save.

    Saving a contact as a VCF file in Outlook.

How to Create a vCard in Outlook 365

  1. Select People from the bottom left pane.

    Viewing contacts in Outlook 365.
  2. Choose New > Contact.

    Selecting to create a new contact in Outlook 365.
  3. Enter all the information you want to be included with your vCard.

    Entering in info for a new contact in Outlook 365.
  4. Click Save to save the vCard file.

    Saving a newly created contact in Outlook 365.

How to Create a vCard in Outlook Online (Outlook.com)

  1. Select People from the bottom left pane.

    Selecting People in Outlook.com.
  2. Select New Contact.

    Selecting to create a new contact in Outlook.com.
  3. Enter the relevant contact information.

    Entering data into a new contact in Outlook.com.
  4. Select Create to make the new vCard.