Contact list management in Outlook.com

Where are my contacts?

  1. Click the arrow next to the Outlook.com logo in the upper left.

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  2. Click People.

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Add a contact

When you reply to an email that includes an email address that isn't on your contact list, you might be prompted to add it. You can also add contacts manually.

  1. In People, click New.

  2. Add contact info. If you want to add more than one email address, phone number, etc., click the icon Plus icon in that section.
  3. Click Save.

Add or remove contacts in your favorites

Favorites appear in People at the top of your contact list. To add or remove contacts in your favorites, click the contact, then click Add to favorites, or Remove from favorites.

Edit or delete a contact

In People, click a contact and then click Edit or Delete.

Note: Individual contact info from social networks can't be edited or deleted. For info on adding or removing social networks in your Outlook.com account, see Add friends from Facebook and other social networks.

Restore deleted contacts

If you accidently delete or lose contacts, you can restore them. See Restore deleted contacts.

Clean up duplicate contacts

You can combine duplicate contacts into a single one with all the contact info.

Use “Clean up contacts”

  1. In People, click Manage, then click Clean up contacts.

  2. Within each contact set, clear the check box for any contact you don’t want in the set.

  3. Repeat step 2 for all contact sets, and then click Clean up.

Search and combine manually

  1. In the People search field, type the name of the contact you’re looking for.

  2. In the search result, select the contacts you want to combine, and then click Link.

Undo a combined contact

When a new combined contact is created, the original duplicate contacts are then deleted. If you accidentally combine two or more contacts that are actually different people, here’s how to restore them.

  1. In People, click Manage, and then Restore deleted contacts.

  2. Select the original contacts you want to restore, then click Restore.

  3. Click the incorrectly-combined contact, click Delete, then click Delete again.

Work with groups

Groups appear alphabetically in your contact list. To see who's in a group, click it.

Create a new group

  1. Click the arrow next to New, and then click New group.

  2. Enter a group name.

  3. Under Add member start to enter a name or email address. When the contact appears on the list, click it.

  4. When you've added all the members you want, click Save.

Or, you can do it this way.

  1. Click the check box next to each contact you want to add to a new group.

  2. Click Groups, then click New group.

  3. Enter a group name, and then click Save.

Add members to a group

  1. Click the name of the group you want to add members to, then click Edit.

  2. Under Add member start to enter a name or email address. When the contact appears on the list, click it.

  3. When you've added all the new members you want, click Save.

Or, you can do it this way.

  1. Click the check box next to each contact you want to add to the group.

  2. Click Groups, select the group you want to add them to, then click Apply.

Remove members from a group

  1. Click the name of the group you want to remove members from, then click Edit.

  2. Click the X under each member you want to remove, and then click Save.

Or, you can do it this way.

  1. Click the check box next to each contact you want to remove from the group.

  2. Click Groups, clear the check mark next to the group you want to remove them from, then click Apply.

    Note: removing a contact from a group doesn’t delete it from your contact list.

Delete a group

  1. Click the group you want to delete.

  2. Click Delete, and then click Delete again.

    Note: deleting a group doesn’t delete the contacts that were members.

Import contacts from another email account or app

Import contacts from Google, Yahoo, another Outlook.com account, Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013, or Windows Live Mail

  1. In People, under Import contacts, click Start import.

  2. Click Outlook.com, Google, Yahoo!, Outlook 2010 & Outlook 2013 or Windows Live Mail, and follow the instructions on the screen.

Note

  • The Outlook.com option also works for email addresses that end in @outlook.com, @hotmail.com, @live.com, or @msn.com.

From Outlook Express

You can upload your email and contacts from Outlook Express to Outlook.com. Install the mail migration add-on and follow the instructions.

From another email service

  1. Sign in to the email account you want to import contacts from.

  2. Export your contacts to a .CSV file, and save it to your hard drive.

    Different email services work differently. See your email provider's support pages for more info.

  3. Sign in to your Outlook.com account.

  4. In People, under Import contacts, click Start import, and then click Other email services.

  5. Browse to the file you saved in Step 2, click Upload and then follow the instructions on the screen.

Connect to your contacts from Facebook, Skype, and more

In addition to contacts you added or imported , you can set up People to show info from contact lists in your social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, as well as your Google or Yahoo accounts. Note that if you later disconnect the account, those contacts will no longer appear in your Outlook.com contact list.

In People, under Add people to your contact list, click the social network email service you want to connect to.

Note: that individual social network contact info can't be edited or deleted in Outlook.com. For more info, go to Add friends from Facebook and other social networks.

If you're getting too many birthday reminders from your social networks, get info on how to Switch off birthday reminders.

Send Invitations to join your Skype contact list

Invite contacts from your address book to join your Skype contact list. under People we found on Skype, click Invite.

Get more info at Talk to family and friends on Skype in Outlook.com

For more help with adding and managing contacts and groups, contact customer support.

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