Tutorial Windows: How to Work with Windows Contacts

There’s a high chance that everybody you know has at least one phone number, email address, and even a personal or business blog or website.

However, the task of keeping all of your contacts together falls into the hands of mobile phones. Nowadays, these are actually the primary contact book, being able to save and sync data from social networks as well.

In short time, Windows is to become a universal operating system for all devices that support it. It’s probably the right time to learn how to use the built-in feature named Contacts.

Working with Windows Contacts

Finding the contacts folder:

Hit Win + S to launch the search utility, write down Contacts, and press Enter.


Navigate to this location on your hard disk drive: C:UsersYOUR_USERContacts.

Note: Here, C: is the default drive that applies to most cases. It needs to be the drive where your operating system is installed.

Making it easy to access:

If you access it several times, it automatically appears in the Quick Access (Windows 10) / Favourites (Windows 8) section on the left navigation pane in File Explorer. If using Windows 10, you can right-click it and have it Pinned to Quick Access.

Another method is to simply right-click the Contacts folder and Send to Desktop to get a shortcut.

Dragging a contact over the Taskbar is probably the quickest way to have access to your contacts. To browse, it’s better to right-click the taskbar icon, because pressing the left mouse button opens the folder. However, you need to do this for each contact.

It’s also possible to create a Toolbar from the Contacts folder. Right-click the taskbar, move to Toolbars, and choose to add New Toolbar. Select the Contacts folder and that’s it.

Creating contacts and groups:

The basic method is to right-click on empty desktop space, move to the New section, and click Contact. You can keep contact files anywhere you want on your hard disk drive.

Once inside the contacts folder, the upper toolbar lets you create new ones at the press of a button, as well as groups where you can include multiple entries.

The level of detail you can include is decent, both for personal and business-related info. It’s also possible to keep your own account. Just right-click a contact, and choose to Set As My Contact.

Other actions:

Unlike ordinary files and folders, the context menu for a contact is fitted with another entry. The Action menu lets you quickly send an email or call the specific person or even the whole group.

Import and Export options are not very abundant, but can be used to grab CSV, LDIF from LDAP servers, vCard, and Outlook, respectively save as CSV or vCard.

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