Unlike Outlook Express, Windows Mail doesn't come with its own address book: instead, it relies on a feature introduced in Windows Vista, called "Windows Contacts". This allows Windows Mail and other programs to store (and retrieve) people's information from a centralized location. For backup purposes, this is also easier, since you can simply copy your Contacts folder to USB drive. Windows Vista doesn't include anything in that folder, but new contacts created from other applications will be stored there, as well as any person whose profile you create from within that folder (also explained in this tutorial). We'll also show you how to delete contacts. Tip: to open your address book, click on the start button (Windows logo in the taskbar), and type "contacts" in the start menu: click "Windows Contacts" at the top. The path of that folder is:
This is how you add as contact someone who already sent to an email:
You can at any point manually add contacts, even when Windows Mail is closed - just type "contact" in the start menu and click "Windows Contacts". When the special folder opens in Windows Explorer, click on the "New Contact" button: fill-in as much information as you want to (you need at least one first name or Vista won't let you save), and click OK when done.
Side info: Windows Vista stores your contacts' information inside files that use the "
.contacts" extension. Behind the scenes, these are actually "XML" files, and you can open them with a text editor.
If you often email the same group of people, it makes sense to make a contact group: this doesn't affect the contacts themselves in any way; think of it as a folder with shortcuts. Opening the folder gives you access to plenty of programs; in our case, addressing an message to a distribution list will email several people, but you don't need to enter their email address individually! Click on the "New Contact Group" button to create a distribution list: type a memorable "Group Name", and click on "Add to Contact Group" as many times as you have contacts (you can also Ctrl-select multiple contacts at the same time, as explained above).