Create, edit, delete, or restore contacts in Outlook.com or Outlook on the web

Note: Sign in to Outlook.com using any Microsoft account, including email accounts ending in @outlook.com, @live.com, @hotmail.com or @msn.com — and Office 365 work or student accounts.

In Outlook.com or Outlook on the web, use the Outlook People page to create, edit, or delete contacts.

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Improvements are coming to Outlook.com; in fact, some customers are already enjoying the new Outlook.com experience. How you create, edit or delete contacts depends on whether you've been upgraded to the new experience. For these instructions, select the link below that matches your mailbox.

Note: If you're using Outlook on the web, follow Create a contact (new experience), Edit a contact (new experience), or Delete or restore a contact (new experience).

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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 plus icon in that section.

  3. Click Save.

Edit a contact
  1. Select a contact.

  2. Click Edit.

Delete a contact
  1. Select a contact.

  2. Click Delete.

Restore a contact
  1. Go to the Sign in page and enter your email address and password. If you're already signed in, you'll go directly to the People page.

  2. In the menu bar, click Manage, then click Restore deleted contacts.

  3. Click Restore next to each contact that you want to restore, or click Restore all if you want all your deleted contacts to be restored.

Note: You can't restore contacts deleted more than 30 days ago.

Create a contact from scratch
  1. On the Outlook navigation pane, click the app launcher Select the app launcher , and click the People tile.

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

    Tips: 

    • If My Contacts is selected rather than a particular folder, the new contact is created in the Contacts folder.

    • 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, you can delete the contact and re-create it in the other folder.

  3. In the Add contact form, enter the details for the contact.

    Tip: Click new to see options for each type of information. For example, select new next to Phone to add phone numbers.

  4. Click Save Save.

Create a contact from an email message
  1. Click the App Launcher Select the app launcher , and click the Mail tile.

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

  3. On the contact card that appears for that person, select Add.

    Create a contact from an email message

  4. In the Add contact form, enter the details for the contact.

  5. Click Save Save.

    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.

You can edit contacts that you create or import into Outlook.com or Outlook on the web. You can't edit contacts that you get by connecting to a social network account such as LinkedIn.

  1. On the Outlook navigation pane, click the app launcher Select the app launcher , and click the People tile.

  2. In the middle pane under Contacts, check the box next to the contact that you want to edit, and then under the Outlook navigation bar, click Edit.

    Check the box next to the contact you want to edit

  3. Make the changes that you want.

  4. Click Save Save.

You can delete contacts that you created or imported into Outlook.com or Outlook on the web. You can't delete contacts you get by connecting to a social network account, such as LinkedIn.

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

Delete a contact
  1. Select the contact.

  2. Under the Outlook navigation bar, click Delete.

Restore a contact
  1. Under the Outlook navigation bar, click Manage, and then select Restore deleted contacts.

  2. In the Recover deleted items window, check the box to the left of each contact or contact list that you want to restore.

  3. At the bottom right of the Recover deleted items window, click Recover.

  4. In the Recover items dialog box, click OK.

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See Also

Welcome to Outlook on the web

Use contacts in Outlook on the web

Create, edit, or delete contact lists in Outlook on the web

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