Contacts in any e-mail program make it easy to keep track of recipients and easily send out e-mail messages to multiple people at the same time. Windows Live mail allows you to add contacts to a number of categories to keep them organized. Learn how to manually add a contact to your list of Windows Live Mail contacts.

Adding Contacts to Windows Live Mail

Several options in Windows Live Mail make it easy to create and maintain an up-to-date contacts list. One option lets you automatically add contacts to your address book when you reply to them a certain number of times. However, sometimes you just want to add a contact to your address book manually rather than wait until you reply to an e-mail message.

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    Manually adding contacts to an address has several advantages. The main advantage is that you can be assured that the information for the contact includes all the information you want to include.

    Maybe you want to include the contact’s place of employment or maybe all you care about is the recipient’s e-mail address. Whatever you prefer, you can quickly add a contact manually to Windows Live Mail and avoid having to wait for the application to do it for you.

    Add a Contact to a Windows Live Mail Address Book Manually

    Open up Windows Live Mail and click on the Contact folder in the lower left hand corner of the application. Note that the Ribbon changes to show you options available for managing contacts.

    Click on Contacts in Windows Live Mail

    On the left side of the Ribbon, locate a section labeled New and click on the Contact button.

    Add New Contact to Windows Live Mail

    This opens the Add a Contact window. You should note a few things about this window. First, the default method for adding a new contact to the address book is the Quick Add. This method lets you add the First Name, Last Name, Personal E-mail, Home Phone, and Company of your new contact. It is a generic template for quickly adding a contact.

    Quick Add a Contact to Windows Live Mail

    Second, there are three other categories you can use to add your contact. The most general is the Contact category. This category offers more fields such as Work Phone, Mobile Phone, and Other E-Mail.

    The remaining two categories, Personal and Work, show only those fields that are likely to be included for a contact in those categories. For example, the Work category includes fields not found in the Personal category such as Company and Job Title while Personal includes Birthday and Anniversary fields. When you are done adding the contact, click the Add Contact button and your new contact is immediately added to your Windows Live Mail address book.

    Windows Live Mail has a built-in feature that allows you to manually add contacts to an address book. Quick Add lets you add the most basic information about a new contact while Contact, Personal, and Work categories offer you more fields that are related to those types of contacts. In this way, you can manually add contacts and place them into categories for easier sorting and look up.

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