Create, view, and edit contacts and contact lists in Outlook.com

Use the People page in Outlook.com to view, create, and edit contacts and contact lists. Create a new contact from scratch, or add someone as a contact from an email message. You can also create a contact list for sending emails to a group of people.


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To go to the People page, sign in to Outlook.com and select People at the lower left corner of the page.

Create a contact from scratch

  1. On the People page, in the left pane, select the folder that you want to create the contact in. For example, you could choose the Contacts folder.

    Note: After you create a contact in a folder, it isn't possible to move it to a different folder.

  2. On the toolbar, select New > Contact.

    A screenshot of the New menu with Contact selected

  3. Enter details for the contact. Select Add more to add more information, such as the contact's address and birthday.

  4. Select Create.

Create a contact from an email message

  1. In Outlook.com, go to Mail.

  2. Open an email message in the reading pane, and then select the name of the sender or recipient you want to add to your contacts.

  3. On the profile card that opens, select More options > Add to contacts.

    Select the three dots and then select Add to contacts

    Note: The new contact is automatically added to your Contacts folder on the People page. When you create a contact in this way, you can't save the contact in a different folder or move it later.

Add a contact to favorites

To add someone to your favorites, select the contact, and then select Add to favorites on the toolbar.

Tip: Favorite contacts with an email address will also show up in the left pane in Mail so you can see all their email in one place.

Find a contact

Here are some ways to find a contact on the People page:

  • Use Search. Start typing in the search box to find a contact or contact list.

  • Select Favorites in the upper left to see people you've added as favorites.

Tips: 

  • Select a letter in a list separator to quickly move between contacts in the list.

  • Select a letter to display other available letters

View and edit contact information

On the People page, select a contact in the middle pane to see or edit information about them.

  • To edit a contact, select Edit contact on the right side of the page or Edit on the toolbar.

    A screenshot of the Edit contact button

For contacts with an email address, you can also see more information on these tabs:

  • Files: Recent files that the contact has shared with you.

  • Emails: Recent email messages and email attachments between you and the contact.

  • LinkedIn: If the contact has a public LinkedIn profile with the same email that you've saved for that contact, you'll see LinkedIn information here.

    Note: The LinkedIn tab may not be available.

Add a photo to your contacts

  1. On the People page, select a contact.

  2. Select Edit contact, and then select the camera icon.

    Select the camera icon to add a photo
  3. Select Upload a photo, choose the file you want to use, and then select Open to upload.

  4. If you want to reposition the photo, click inside the circle and drag the pointer. To zoom in or out, use the slider below the photo.

    Adjust the photo and select Apply
  5. Select Apply and then Save.

Link contacts

You can link contacts to indicate that they're related, for example if you have several entries for the same person. Linked contacts appear as a single contact.

To link contacts manually:

  • On the People page, select two or more contacts, and then select Link contacts in the panel on the right.

To link contacts using the Clean up contacts option:

  • On the People page, select Manage on the toolbar, and then select Clean up contacts. You'll see any contacts that have the same name, email address, or phone number.

  • Select the contacts you want to link, and then select Clean up.

To unlink a linked contact:

  • On the People page, select the contact, select Linked contacts on the toolbar, and then select Unlink.

Create a contact list

A contact list is a collection of contacts and email addresses, and is useful for sending email to a group of people. For example, create a contact list named My book club and add all the members of your book club to it. When you want to send an email to everyone in the club, just add My book club in the To line of the email.

Note: By default, contact lists are created in the Contact lists folder. If you want to save the contact list in a different folder, select the folder before you select New > Contact list. After you create a contact list in a folder, it isn't possible to move it to a different folder.

  1. On the People page, on the toolbar, select New > Contact list.

    A screenshot of the New menu with Contact list selected

  2. Enter a name for the list, and then add contacts or email addresses. All contacts in a contact list must have an email address.

  3. Select Create.

Add more contacts to a contact list

  1. On the People page, select Contact lists in the left pane.

  2. Select the contact list, and then select Edit.

  3. Add contacts or email addresses.

    Note: If a contact doesn't have an email address, you can't add that contact to a contact list.

  4. Select Save.

Remove contacts from a contact list

  1. On the People page, select Contact lists in the left pane.

  2. Select the contact list, and then select Edit.

  3. Select the x for the contact you want to remove.

  4. Select Save.

Find contact lists

  • On the People page, select Contact lists in the left pane, or search for the contact list name. .

Instructions for classic Outlook.com

Create a contact or contact list

Create a contact or contact list from scratch

  1. In Outlook.com, select People at the bottom of the page.

    A screenshot of the People button at the bottom of the navigation pane.

  2. Under Your contacts in the left pane, select the folder that you want to create the contact in.

  3. On the toolbar, select the New down arrow > Contact or Contact list.

  4. Enter the details for the contact or contact list.

  5. Select SaveSave.

    Note:  After you create a contact in a folder, it isn't possible to move it to a different folder. To store a contact in a different folder after you create it, delete the contact and re-create it in the other folder.

Create a contact from an email message

  1. In Outlook.com, select Mail at the bottom of the page.

    A screenshot of the Mail button in the navigation pane.

  2. Open an email message in the reading pane and select the name of the sender or recipient that you want to add to your contacts.

  3. On the profile card that opens, select More options > Add to contacts.

    A screenshot of the cursor hovering over Add to contacts in the More actions menu.

  4. Enter the details for the contact.

  5. Select SaveSave.

    Note: After you save the new contact, it is automatically added to your Contacts folder. When you create a contact in this way, it isn't possible to save the contact in a different folder or to move it to a different folder.

Edit a contact or contact list

  1. In Outlook.com, select the app launcher Select the app launcher > People tile.

  2. Select the contact or contact list that you want to edit, and select Edit.

    Note: If you don't see an Edit button, the contact might be from Skype for Business or a connected social network account. To edit the contact, open Skype for Business or use a web browser to open your social network account where the contact is located.

    A screenshot of the Edit button under the Outlook navigation bar.

  3. Make the changes that you want.

  4. Select SaveSave.

Add a contact to a contact list

  1. Select the contact you want to add to a list.

  2. Select Lists and choose the contact list to which you want to add the contact.

    A screenshot of the Lists button

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See Also

Delete or restore a contact or contact list in Outlook.com

Add a contact in Outlook for Windows

Add a contact to the People app for Windows 10

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