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How to find contact groups in a contact folder in Outlook?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2014-11-29

As we know, contact groups are listed among contacts in Outlook. Although the contact groupsโ€™ icons are different from contacts, it may be tough to find out a contact group from a number of contacts at a glance. In this article, I will introduce a tricky to find out the contact groups in Outlook in a minute.

If contact folder displays in People/Business Card/Address Card/Card view

If contact folder displays in Phone/By Category/List/By Location view

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arrow blue right bubbleIf contact folder displays in People/Business Card/Address Card/Card view

If the contact folder displays in People/Business Card/Address Card/Card view, this method will guide you to sort all contacts by icon, and then you can find all contact groups at the top of contact cards list in Outlook.

Step 1: Shift to the People (or Contact) view, and open the contact folder in which you will search for contact groups.

Step 2: Click the View Settings button on the View tab.

Note: In Outlook 2007, click the View > Current View > Customize Current View.

Step 3: In the opening Advanced View Settings dialog box, click the Sort button.

Step 4: Now in the Sort dialog box, click the Sort items by box and select the Icon from the drop down list, check the Descending box, and then click the OK button.

Step 5: Click the OK button in the Advanced View Settings dialog box.

Then you will see all contact groups are sorted at the top of contact cards list.


arrow blue right bubbleIf contact folder displays in Phone/By Category/List/By Location view

If the contact folder displays in Phone/By Category/List/By Location view, you can find out all contact groups with following method:

Step 1: Shift to the People (or Contacts) view, and open the contact folder in which you will search for contact groups.

Step 2: Click the View Settings button on the View tab.

Note: In Outlook 2007, click the View > Current View > Customize Current View.

Step 3: In the opening Advanced View Settings/Customize View dialog box, click the Group By button.

Step 4: Now in the Group By dialog box, click the Group items by box and select the none from the drop down list, and then click the OK button.

Step 5: Click the OK button in the Advanced View Settings/Customize View dialog box.

Step 6: Then click the column header of icon twice above the contact list, then you will view all contact groups at the beginning of contact list.


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