How To Find And Add Unsaved Outlook 2010 Contacts

How To Save Contacts That Were Recently Emailed In Outlook 2010Whether you are using Outlook, you likely have a long list of people who you’ve emailed but never added to your Outlook Contacts.  But what if you want to contact these people again at a later time without the hassle of hunting down their email address?  Microsoft has included a groovy feature just for that, and if you want to add some of these people to your saved contact list there is an easy way to do it!

Step 1

In Outlook, at the bottom-left corner of the screen Click Contacts.

Access the contacts list in Outlook 2010

Step 2

The My Contacts list should appear.  Click Suggested Contacts.

Suggested Contacts In Outlook 2010

Step 3

The suggested contacts list is should display in the central pane of Outlook.  It is filled with contacts that you have emailed, but never saved to your contact list.

Additionally, if you want to quickly save these people to your Contact list, just Drag the contact card onto your Contacts list under My Contacts.

save suggested contacts in outlook 2010


That is all there is to finding unsaved contacts in Outlook.  You can save as many of these as you like to your contact list. Or, you want Outlook to permanently delete them you can Right-Click the contact card and Select Delete.

Erase or Delete unsaved contacts in outlook 2010 2007



  1. Heather

    September 14, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Quick question, and I know I’m grasping at straws… Is this suggested contacts feature available in Outlook 2003?

  2. Juihuan

    September 14, 2010 at 8:38 am

    First paragraph sounds like this trick works in outlook 2007. Yes or no??

    • grooveDexter

      September 14, 2010 at 9:54 am

      Ah yes, feature is only available in Outlook 2010. Just updated article title to remove confusion. People have been petition Microsoft for years to get this added in.

      For Outlook 2003 and 2007 these temp contacts are stored in a .nk2 file as Animis mentioned above.

  3. johnl

    September 14, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I like the idea of this but cannot find any suggested contacts feature in Outlook 2007. Checked three different computers so is this just an Outlook 2010 feature, which I haven’t got to check, or is there a hidden setting to enable this feature?

  4. Twilah Johnson

    May 8, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Hello, I am having a problem after upgrading from 2007 MS Outlook to 2010. I used to be able to send an email to someone not saved in my Outlook contacts and then go to my sent box, open the email and right click on the email and add to contacts. Well the system works a little different now but it will let me “open my contacts” and populate the email and here I can type in the customer’s name and info and hit save. But when I go to look in my “contacts” list, it does not show anywhere. Seems only can get it to pull up if I go to my contact like, hit file and select add new contact, then it shows…. can you advise why I am having this problem?

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