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Use the Find A Contact control to quickly find any Outlook contact

Viewing contact information was never easier. From 2010's new Home tab, you can view contact information for anyone in your address book, without leaving the current window!

Viewing contact information is just a few keystrokes away, thanks to the new Find A Contact search option on the Home tab. Regardless of what window you're in, you can view contact information by entering a name (first name, last name, or whole name) and pressing Enter.

Let's say you're in the Tasks window and you want to view Kate Stewart's contact information. To do so, you could switch to the Contacts window and look her up. But you don't have to switch windows. Instead, from inside the Tasks window, you can click the Home tab (if necessary), then type Kate Stewart in the Find A Contact control in the Find group, and press Enter. Outlook will display the requested contact information!

You don't have to enter the entire name either. For instance, you could enter just Kate. If you have more than one contact that matches the search string, Outlook prompts you for more information. Select the right name and continue.

You might have noticed that the Find A Contact control has a dropdown. Click it to see recent searches - just select a name from the list for even faster selection!

Users might not find this new helpful feature on their own. Once they use it a few times, they'll find themselves relying heavily on it!

About

Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

4 comments
lind777
lind777

Outlook 2010 used to take me directly to the full contact window when I hit enter after entering the unique contact name in the "Find a Contact" field. It now brings up a mini window and then I have to click again to go to the full contact window. Very frustrating as the reason I look up contacts is to go the notes section which doesnot come up in the mini window. Is there any way to change this behavior that MS changed midstream? Or can I have the notes section be displayed in this mini-window?

Robiisan
Robiisan

Your tips and tricks are always impressive time-savers! Thank you!!

PalKerekfy
PalKerekfy

the GAL and all Oulook contacts folders at once. Thanks for writing about it!

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Try reposting this in the 'Q&A' forum. The 'Discussion' forum is for matters of general discussion, not specific problems in search of a solution. The 'Water Cooler' is for non-technical discussions. You can submit a question to 'Q&A' here: http://www.techrepublic.com/forum/questions/post?tag=mantle_skin;content There are TR members who specifically seek out problems in need of a solution. Although there is some overlap between the forums, you'll find more of those members in 'Q&A' than in 'Discussions' or 'Water Cooler'. Be sure to use the voting buttons to provide your feedback. Voting a '+' does not necessarily mean that a given response contained the complete solution to your problem, but that it served to guide you toward it. This is intended to serve as an aid to those who may in the future have a problem similar to yours. If they have a ready source of reference available, perhaps won't need to repeat questions previously asked and answered. If a post did contain the solution to your problem, you can also close the question by marking the helpful post as "The Answer". .

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