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Manually Add a Contact to a Windows Live Mail Address Book

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

Adding contacts to Windows Live Mail

Several options in Windows Live Mail make it easy to create and keep your contact list up to date. One of the options allows you to automatically add contacts to your address book when you reply to them a certain number of times. However, sometimes you just want to manually add a contact to your address book rather than waiting for you to reply to an email message.

There are several advantages to adding contacts to an address manually. The main advantage is that you can be sure that the contact information includes all the information you want to include.

Maybe you want to include the place of work of the contact person or maybe all you care about is the recipient’s email address. Whichever you prefer, you can quickly add a contact to Windows Live Mail manually without having to wait for the app to do it for you.

Manually add a contact to the Windows Live Mail Address Book

Open Windows Live Mail and click the Contacts folder in the lower left corner of the application. Note that the ribbon changes to show the options available for managing your contacts.

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On the left side of the ribbon, find the section labeled New and click the Contacts button.

The “Add Contact” window will open. There are several things you should note about this window. First, the default method for adding a new contact to the address book is quick add. This method allows you to add the first name, last name, personal email address, home phone number and company of your new contact. This is a general template for quickly adding a contact.

Secondly, there are three more categories that you can use to add contacts. The most common is the Contacts category. There are more fields in this category such as Business Phone, Mobile Phone and Other Email.

The other two categories, personal and work, show only those fields that can be included for a contact in these categories. For example, the Job category includes fields that are not in the Personal category, such as Company and Job Title, while Personal includes the Birthday and Anniversary fields. When you’re done adding a contact, click the Add Contact button and the new contact will be immediately added to your Windows Live Mail address book.

Windows Live Mail has a built-in feature that lets you manually add contacts to your address book. Quick add allows you to add the most basic information about a new contact, while the Contact, Personal, and Work categories offer more fields related to these types of contacts. This way, you can manually add contacts and organize them into categories for easier sorting and searching.

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