For most emails, I tend to rely on the Auto-Complete feature of Outlook to address the emails instead of using the Address Book.
I just noticed that for most of my contacts, I don’t even have them actually stored in my Contacts folder.
Is there any way to export the addresses from the Auto-Complete cache and import them into my Contacts folder?
Unfortunately, there isn’t an option in Outlook which let you export the addresses from your Auto-Complete cache or convert them directly into Contacts.
However, there is a free tool (for non-commercial use) available which allows you to export the Auto-Complete cache to your Contacts folder or a csv-file.
There are also add-ins available for Outlook which can help you not to forget to add new contacts to your Contacts folder.
Export your Auto-Complete cache with NK2Edit
To export your Auto-Complete cache to Outlook, you can use the NK2Edit tool from NirSoft.
When you open the tool, it will automatically load your Auto-Complete cache and reveal the addresses and names that you have stored in it.
You can now simply select the addresses that you wish to store in your Outlook Contacts folder and choose;
- File-> Export Records To Outlook Contacts
Accept the prompt to confirm that you indeed want to export the contacts to Outlook.
Note: When you are using the 64-bit version of Outlook, make sure you download the 64-bit version of NK2Edit.
Automatically add new contacts to the Contacts folder
If you’d like Outlook to automatically create a contact in the Contacts folder for you whenever you send an email to someone new, you can choose to add that feature with a 3rd party add-in.
- Add Email Address by Sperry Software (discount code: BH93RF24 )
- Add Contacts by MAPILab (discount code: 4PM76A8 )
Both add-ins are quite similar and will allow you to;
- Specify when a Contact should be created (new emails, replies or both).
- Select a Contacts folder to create the new Contact in.
- Assign a specific category to Contacts that have been added by the add-in so you can quickly find it back.
- Avoids duplication when the contact already exists, even when it exists in another folder.
- Scan previous emails for any new Contacts to be saved.
- Even more…
Options dialog of MAPILab’s Add Contacts add-in. In this case, I have it configured to automatically store all new contacts the add-in creates in the folder “Auto Saved”.