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What’s new in the way Outlook handles Contacts ? Not much actually, even thou there are some nice improvements. You’ve always been able to add senders to your list of contacts by Right-Clicking them from the Email Header. And its still possible. What’s new is that you get access smaller version of the contact card right there in your email. Giving you access to several functions.

Read on to learn more…

When you hover over the Sender (or any of the recipients)  as I’ve done here with an email from Rich you get this fancy window. This Contact view connects directly to the Live Messenger Program (if running) and checks to see if the sender is on your contacts list there. If the sender is online, his or her presence will be announced.

The buttons in the lower part of the window is: Send Email, Chat (using Msn), Dial Number,  Options and Expanded View. The first three is self explanatory, so I will focus on the last two:


The Options menu is pretty straight forward, it lets you:

  • Schedule  a meeting
  • Add the person to your Live Contacts
  • Add the person to your Outlook Contacts
  • Search for existing Contacts with the same email
  • Set individual email properties for that Contact

If you Right-Click on the Sender/recipient name, you open both the contact view window and the options menu.

Expanded View

The Expanded View shows you which information you have on your contact, like adress, phone number, meetings etc. To access the Contact card, Click on the little Edit-link in the right lower corner.

Contact Sheet

The contact sheet is as it has always been, expect for one thing: Map It. Microsoft has added a feature which let you link your contact information with bing maps, which let you create travel instructions. More on that in  a later article.

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Computer geek from the age of 7, which amounts to 30 years of computer experience. From the early days (when every computer company had their own OS) of DOS, Windows 1.0 through Seven...

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