Delete or restore contacts in Outlook.com

Use the People page in Outlook.com to delete or restore contacts or contact lists. What version of Outlook do I have?

Delete a contact or contact list

Note: When you delete a contact, it appears in the Deleted Items folder as a message, with "[Unknown]" listed as the sender.

  1. At the bottom of the screen, select People.

    A screenshot of the People button

  2. Select the contact or contact list you want to delete and select Delete.

    Note: If you don't see a Delete button, the contact might be from a connected social network account. To delete the contact, use a web browser to open your social network account where the contact is located.

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

  3. Select Delete to confirm.

Restore a contact or contact list

You can recover contacts or contact lists you deleted less than 30 days ago. When you recover a contact or contact list, Outlook.com automatically places it in the Your Contacts folder.

  1. At the bottom of the screen, select People.

    A screenshot of the People button

  2. Select Manage > Restore deleted contacts.

    A screenshot of the context menu for the 'Manage' button, with 'Restore deleted contacts' selected.

  3. In the Recover deleted items window, check the box next to each contact you want to restore.

  4. At the top of the window, select Recover, and select OK.

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