Add Contacts: Microsoft Office Outlook Add-in

  1. Automatically add new contacts to Outlook address book
  2. How adding contacts can work for you
  3. What do we like?
  4. What we don’t like

Automatically add new contacts to Outlook address book

When you first send a new email to a person, you automatically add their email address to a folder in your personal mailbox, Outlook address book or public folders on the Microsoft Exchange server using the Outlook add-in “Add Contacts” from the third party MAPIlab.

Add Contacts collects contact names from the recipient fields in the email header and scans the body of the message for contacts. The message category is also automatically assigned to the new contact. Adding contacts doesn’t work with different address books for different email accounts.

The add contacts feature is compatible with Outlook for Office 365, Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, and Outlook 2010.

How adding contacts can work for you

What do we like?

  • Automatically adds email recipients to contacts.

  • Scan manually sent email for new contacts.

  • Guesses names and assigns categories automatically.

What we don’t like

  • It is not possible to use different contact folders for different email accounts.

  • Cannot scan random folders for new contacts.

  • Includes one year of technical support.

Outlook 2000 had a feature that automatically created an address book when replying to a message in the Inbox. The recipient of the reply message has been added to the contact list. This feature was removed in later versions of Outlook, but the Add Contacts add-in brings this feature back.

Add Contacts automatically adds recipients for replies and collects addresses from new messages you send. If the contact’s name cannot be derived from the To or CC string, Add Contacts will look for something like “Dear John” in the body of the message to name the anonymous address. When you select a category for a message or reply, the Add Contacts feature assigns the contact to the same Outlook category.

While you can select a contacts folder to use as new addresses, Add Contacts doesn’t automatically allow you to use multiple folders, such as one for each email account. In addition to extracting new contacts from messages as they are sent, Add Contacts also checks sent email on demand and collects new addresses. It is not possible to scan random folders in this way.

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