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How to auto add contacts from an email when replying in Outlook?

In Outlook 2010 you can enable the Suggested contacts feature and automatically add recipients as new contacts. However, this Suggested contacts feature is not supported in Outlook 2013 and 2016. Here, I will introduce a VBA to automatically add sender and recipients of an email as new contacts when replying in Outlook.

Auto add contacts from an Outlook email when replying with VBA

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Auto add contacts from an Outlook email when replying with VBA

This VBA will automatically add the sender and all recipients of an email as new contacts when you replying the email in Outlook. Please do as follows:

1. Press Alt + F11 keys to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Expand the Project1, and double click ThisOutlookSession to open it, and then paste below VBA code into the ThisOutlookSession window. See screenshot:

VBA: Auto Add Contacts from an email when replying in Outlook

Public WithEvents xExplorer As Outlook.Explorer
Public WithEvents xMailItem As Outlook.MailItem
Sub Application_Startup()
Set xExplorer = Outlook.Application.ActiveExplorer
End Sub

Private Sub xExplorer_SelectionChange()
On Error Resume Next
Set xMailItem = xExplorer.Selection.Item(1)
End Sub

Private Sub xMailItem_Reply(ByVal Response As Object, Cancel As Boolean)
Dim xNameSpace As NameSpace
Dim xSenderAddress As String
Dim xContactItems As Outlook.Items
Dim i, k As Long
Dim xFilterAddress As String
Dim xContact As Outlook.ContactItem
Dim xNewContact As Outlook.ContactItem
Dim Arr() As String
Dim ArrName() As String
Dim xArrCount As Integer
On Error Resume Next
ReDim Arr(xMailItem.Recipients.Count + 1)
ReDim ArrName(xMailItem.Recipients.Count + 1)
xSenderAddress = xMailItem.SenderEmailAddress
Arr(0) = xSenderAddress
ArrName(0) = xMailItem.SenderName
For i = LBound(Arr) + 1 To UBound(Arr) - 1
Arr(i) = xMailItem.Recipients.Item(i).Address
ArrName(i) = xMailItem.Recipients.Item(i).Name
Next i
Set xNameSpace = Outlook.Application.GetNamespace("MAPI")
Set xContactItems = xNameSpace.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderContacts).Items
For i = LBound(Arr) To UBound(Arr) - 1
For k = 1 To 3
xFilterAddress = "[Email" & k & "Address] = " & Arr(i)
Set xContact = xContactItems.Find(xFilterAddress)
If Not (xContact Is Nothing) Then
Exit For
End If
Next k
If xContact Is Nothing Then
Set xNewContact = Outlook.Application.CreateItem(olContactItem)
With xNewContact
.FullName = ArrName(i)
.Email1Address = Arr(i)
.Categories = "From Email"
.Save
End With
End If
Next i
End Sub

3. Save the VBA code, and restart your Microsoft Outlook.

From now on, when you reply an email in Outlook, this email’s sender and all recipients will be saved as new contacts automatically into the default contact folder of default email account.


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    Baltazar · 7 months ago
    Hello, thank you for this code.
    But it duplicates (in my case at least) the contacts as many times as I write to them. Any idea?
    By the way, in outlook options, the box "search for duplicates when saving a new contact" is checked.