Send and save contacts as vCards (.vcf files)

.vcf attachment in a message header You can send Microsoft Outlook contact information — yours or someone else's — to others in the vCard (.vcf) format. When a recipient opens the vCard attachment (.vcf file) that is received in a message, a contact form opens, displaying the contact information.

You can click and save a .vcf file that you receive, adding it directly to your Outlook Contacts, saving all the information. If you want to save an Outlook contact as a .vcf file, for example, for bulk distribution or to make that information available to others for download, you can do that too.

Tell me more about vCards

A vCard enables you to send contact information in a format that can be easily read in other e-mail programs. A vCard is saved as a .vcf file, which is the Internet standard for sharing contact information. When you send a vCard, its .vcf file is sent with the message as an attachment.

What do you want to do?

Send a vCard in a message

Save a contact as a vCard

Send a vCard in a message

  1. In Contacts, do one of the following:

    • In any card view, drag the contact card and drop it into the body of an open message.

      What are the card views in Outlook?

      The card views are Business Cards, Address Cards, and Detailed Address Cards.

    • Right-click the contact, and on the shortcut menu, point to Send Full Contact, and then click In Internet Format (vCard).

      A new message opens with the vCard attachment on the Attach line.

  2. Complete the message and send.

Tip: Another way to send a .vcf file is to include it in your e-mail signature. This displays the contact information prominently as an Electronic Business Card. For more information, see Include an Electronic Business Card in your e-mail signature.

Show me examples of electronic business cards.

electronic business card Electronic Business Card example

Learn more about creating Electronic Business Cards.

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Save a contact as a vCard

Saving contacts as vCards provides a way to efficiently store a large number of contacts.

  1. In the open contact, click the Microsoft Office Button Office button image , point to Save As, and then click Export to vCard File.

  2. Type a name in the File name box, and then click Save.

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