How to quickly add Contacts to your Address Book from Mail

This tutorial will show you how to quickly add contacts, and all of their info, to your Address Book from directly within Mail.

  1. When you hover your mouse cursor over an address (or phone number) contained in an email message, that address will become ‘outlined’ with a dotted line and a small arrow will appear. Note: the address/phone number can be anywhere in the email – it doesn’t have to be part of the signature. Mail will recognize an address anywhere inside the message.
  2. Click that arrow, and select Create New Contact… from the drop-down list. If this is someone already in your Address Book, select Add to Existing Contact instead.
  3. A window will pop up with all of the info pre-populated. Make sure it’s all correct and in the right spots – feel free to add to it if you want, and then click Add to Address Book.
  4. Now launch your Address Book, and that contact will be there. That’s it!

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3 thoughts on “How to quickly add Contacts to your Address Book from Mail”

  1. Every time I do this, it reverses the first and last names so that they are in the wrong fields. Anyone know how to fix this?

  2. I am trying to do this, and when I click “add to address book,” the window disappears but the contact is never actually added my address book…it simply disappears. Using OS 10.6.1

    Any thoughts on how to fix this?

  3. when I select add to existing contact it always brings up my personal details and not the address book to choose one from – does anyone know how to fix this?

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