Add “Find a Contact” to the Outlook 2010 Quick Access toolbar.

By: standss , Jul 16th, 2010

Finding contacts quickly (for a phone number etc) was easy in Outlook 2007 (and below) thanks to the Find Contact drop-down on the toolbar. The toolbar has been replaced by the ribbon in Outlook 2010 but you can still have quick access to the Find Contact dropdown… thanks to the Quick Access toolbar.

What is the Quick Access Toolbar…. It is a row of small icons that are placed on the title bar… basically the upper left hand corner of your Outlook window. The icons will be displayed irrespective of which tab of the Ribbon you are on… and you can add your own icons/commands to it.


To add “Find a Contact” to the toolbar:

  1. Click on the downward pointing arrow on the right of the Quick Access toolbar (circled in red above)
  2. Make sure that “Find a Contact” is ticked.

Once you have “Find a Contact” ticked, your Quick Access toolbar will look like:


To find a contact, simply click on the dropdown, type the contacts name (any part of the name will do… you don’t need the full name) and click Enter on the keyboard.

Did you find this tip useful or do you have a better way of finding contacts quickly in Outlook 2010.

Let me know by leaving a comment on the blog.

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