Add new contacts

In many cases, there's no need to type all the information for a new contact into Microsoft Office Outlook 2007. Here are some shortcuts to make your job easier.

To create a new contact by typing the information yourself, see Create a contact.

What do you want to do?

From a message that you receive

From an Electronic Business Card that you receive

Copied from another contact

Add a contact from a message that you receive

  1. Open or preview the message that contains the name that you want to add to your contacts.

  2. Right-click the name of the sender who you want to make into a contact, and then click Add to Contacts on the shortcut menu.

    Note: In Outlook, there is no option to add contact information automatically to Contacts or Address Book when you reply to a contact.

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Add a contact from an Electronic Business Card that you receive

When you save an Electronic Business Card received in a message, you create a new contact. If you already have a contact by the same name, you can save the duplicate as a new contact or update the original.

  1. In an open message, right-click the card, and then click Add to Contacts on the shortcut menu. The new contact opens in the contact form.

  2. On the Contact tab, in the Save group, click Save & Close.

  3. If you already have a contact with the same name, Outlook detects the duplicate. Do one of the following:

    • Select Add the new contact. This creates a duplicate contact, including a contact form and an Electronic Business Card.

    • Select Update the information. Existing duplicate contacts are listed. Double-click the contact to update it, and then update the information on the contact form and save it.

The new contact information is now saved in Contacts and is available as an Electronic Business Card as well as in other views. You can make changes to the contact information both before and after you save it. To make changes to the card after you save it, see the instructions in Create Electronic Business Cards.


  • You can also right-click the attached .vcf file in the message header to open the shortcut menu and add the contact or choose other options.

  • If you click the Save & New option in the contact form, the open contact is saved, and a new, blank contact form opens.

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Add a contact copied from another contact

You can create a new contact from an existing contact by using the existing contact as a template, and then changing any of the information, as necessary.

  1. In Contacts, in Business Cards view, click the contact that you want to use as a template.

    Note: You can also complete this procedure in the Address Cards and Detailed Address Cards views.

  2. Press CTRL+C, and then press CTRL+V.

  3. In the Duplicate Contact Detected box, click Add new contact.

    When you save a contact or an Electronic Business Card with the same name or e-mail name as one that already exists in your Contacts folder, Microsoft Outlook displays a dialog box with options to either add the duplicate contact as a new contact or update the existing contact with the new information from the duplicate contact. To find out more, see Resolve or delete duplicate contacts.

  4. Click Add.

    The new contact will appear in Business Cards view, next to the contact you copied.

  5. Double-click the new contact to open it, and then edit the information as needed.

  6. Click Save and Close.

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