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Find a contact

In Contacts, do one of the following:

  • In the Search Contacts box, type the name or other contact information.

    Contacts Search box

Keyboard shortcut    To search for a contact, in Contacts, press CTRL+E.

You can search on complete or partial information. For example, you can enter a part of a business name or a phone number.

  • In any of the card views, such as Business Cards or Address Cards, click a letter in the alphabetical index displayed next to the cards.

  • In any table view, such as Phone List or By Company, click a column heading to sort the contacts by the criteria that are associated with the column. Some examples of column headings are Full Name, Job Title, Company, and Categories.

You also can search for contacts from any folder in Outlook. Do the following:

  • On the Home tab, in the Find group, in the Find a Contact box, type the name of the contact.

    You can enter a partial name, such as Judy L, a first or last name, an e-mail address, a display name, or a company name.

Refine your Contacts search

When you click the Search Contacts box, the Search Tools tab appears. The search commands enable you to refine your search to help you find a contact.

Search Tools on the Search tab in the ribbon

  • Scope    Change which Outlook folders are included in your search.

  • Refine    Search items based upon categorization, or only entries with phone numbers, addresses, or contacts fields that you choose.

  • Options    Review and reuse previous searches or change advanced search options.

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