Hotmail Contacts in Outlook 2010




Hotmail Contacts in Outlook 2010

You can use the Outlook Hotmail Connector to synchronize your Hotmail Folders and Outlook 2010, allowing you to manage all your Hotmail messages from within Outlook. The next logical step would be to have access to all of your Hotmail Contacts in Outlook 2010…and of course you can. Here’s how it works.

The Appearance of Hotmail Contacts in Outlook 2010

I have to admit, when I first set up the Outlook Hotmail Connector, I thought that the Contacts synchronization wasn’t working. I didn’t see my Hotmail Contacts in Outlook 2010 anywhere. Well, it turned out that the problem was with my cluttered “My Contacts” section and my bad eyes. Take a look at the figure below:

Hotmail Contacts in Outlook 2010

If you look carefully you will see that there are two Contacts folders named “Contacts.” After those names you can see the email addresses those contacts folders belong to, but note how the fonts used tend to blend in to the background. That’s what threw me.

At first I didn’t notice the “@hotmail.com” address, and was looking for something more obvious, similar to the way that Hotmail message folders appear in their own section of the Navigation Pane. Anyway…

Your Hotmail Contacts show up in their won folder under “My Contacts.” Open that folder and you can treat it just like any other Outlook Contacts folder. You can use the different views, move things around, edit your Contacts, whatever you need to do.

When you work with this folder, any relevant changes automatically get synchronized back into your Hotmail account. It is an ideal way to manage and use your Hotmail Contacts.


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