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Add addresses from the Auto-Complete cache to my Address Book as actual contacts

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?

AutoComplete buttonUnfortunately, 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.

Outlook's Auto-Complete cache displayed in NK2Edit. (click on image to enlarge)
Outlook’s Auto-Complete cache displayed in NK2Edit. (click on image to enlarge)

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

Exporting Auto-Complete entries to the Contacts folder with NK2Edit. (click on image to enlarge)
Exporting Auto-Complete entries to the Contacts folder with NK2Edit. (click on image to enlarge)

Accept the prompt to confirm that you indeed want to export the contacts to Outlook.

NK2Edit - Do you want to export the selected records into the contacts list of 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

Add-Ins buttonIf 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.

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”.
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”.


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