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How to add contacts to favorites in Outlook?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2014-09-24

You may be familiar with adding mail folders as favorites in Microsoft Outlook, what if adding contacts into favorites? Outlook 2013 users can quickly contact a favorited contact from the To-Do Bar, such as sending emails, making calls, scheduling meetings, etc. In this article, I will show you how to add specified contacts to favorites in different situations in Microsoft Outlook.

Add a specified contact to favorites when reading an email in Outlook 2013

Add a specified contact to favorites when searching in To-Do Bar in Outlook 2013

Add a specified contact to favorites in People view in Outlook 2013

Add a specified contact to favorites from the Contact Card in Outlook 2013

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arrow blue right bubbleAdd a specified contact to favorites when reading an email in Outlook 2013

Supposing you are viewing an email message in Reading Pane in Microsoft Outlook, you can favorite the sender with right clicking the contact picture (or picture placeholder), and then selecting the Add to Favorites from the right-clicking menu. See screen shot below:

Add a specified contact to favorites when searching in To-Do Bar in Outlook 2013


arrow blue right bubbleAdd a specified contact to favorites when searching in To-Do Bar in Outlook 2013

Sometimes, you may search contacts from To-Do Bar directly. You can also add a certain contact to favorites from the search results.

 

Step 1: Show Contacts in the To-Do Bar with clicking the To-Do Bar > People on the View tab.

Step 2: Go to the To-Do Bar, and type the contact name you will favorite into the search box;

Step 3: In the search results, right click the contact you will favorite, and select the Add to Favorites from the right-clicking menu.


arrow blue right bubbleAdd a specified contact to favorites in People view in Outlook 2013

Some Outlook users may want to add certain contacts to favorites from the People/Contact folder.

Step 1: Shift to the People view, and show the folder in the People view with clicking the Change View > People on the View tab.

Step 2: Right click the contact you will add to favorite, and then click the Add to Favorites from the right-clicking menu.


arrow blue right bubbleAdd a specified contact to favorites from the Contact Card in Outlook 2013

If you have opened the Contact card of a certain contact, you can add this contact to favorites with click the ellipses  besides the Edit (or Add), and then select the Add to Favorites from the drop down list. See screen shot below:


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How do I put contacts in my computer so i can send emails out
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Here's something .. it appears you cannot add the special folder types of Contact Items, nor Calendar Items, as Favorite "shortcuts" in the Mail view of Outlook.

This fact is hidden very subtly in the first sentence at the MS Office link:

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https://support.office.com/en-us/article/add-or-remove-folders-in-favorites-8913f2d0-b167-48cc-8983-86fa9b0d945f

Favorites is the section located at the top of the folder pane and lets you keep frequently used mail folders easily available. You won’t have to scroll through the Folder Pane to find the folder that might be several levels deep within the Folder Pane.
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*lets you keep ... mail folders easily available.

A contact folder is of type "Contact Items", similarly the calendar folder is of type "Calendar Items", where Mail folders are of type "Mail and Post Items"

:-)
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Is adding contact to favorites will trigger message for that same contact, that someone had added you in favorites? likewise if we add any contact from LYNC or Skype for business it send notification about it.
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my office 365 mail not showing inbox in favourites
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Dear team, I want add contact in outlook 2013.But problem is that when i add contact in outlook,no option show add in outlook. Only add in favourite option show Please help me.
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Dear Team, I want add contact in outlook 2013.But problem is that,When i select mail ID from inbox and try to add in outlook contact show only the add in favourite,Not show option add in outlook contact. Please help me.
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if you don't see "add to favorites" make sure you are in "mail" view on the navigation pane (bottom left corner) and not "folders" view. (click on the envelope icon). i also noticed that if you are using a contact card to save info like a password, so there is no phone number or email address, there is no actual 'contact" therefore outlook won t let you add to favorites. just add a name, email, phone number and you will be able to save to favorites.
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Is this gone in Outlook 2016? I dont have the add to and remove from options after the upgrade. They were all there before, and were something that I used regularly.
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I am looking at the section: "Add a specified contact to favorites when reading an email in Outlook 2013" I do not see an option to Add to Favorites when I right click on the profile picture. My only options are: Copy Edit Contact Copy Contact Card
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I believe that it is already a favorite.
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I believe that means it is already a favorite.
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