When we are forced to spend vast amounts of our working day using email, it’s important that we are able to configure and utilise the features to the best of our ability. Often it’s the small things that can make the biggest difference to how smoothly our working day goes.
Today I want to show you how to adjust the way the email address of any of your Contacts in Outlook are presented. The start of a new year often brings with it the drive to adjust how we work, to simplify and to streamline. I would often implement new ideas or goals at the start of a year which had been on my mind for some time but had been lower down on my “to do list”. This is one of those things that can help you work smoother and faster.
When we are working with different contacts in Outlook, we are dealing with the basic information we need to access: name, email address, phone etc. These days we are often dealing with multiple options for this type of information. A contact may have a home email address, a work email address and often even a “freebie” address to have access from anywhere.
One annoyance which I’ve encountered many times both during training and also during help desk calls, is the ability to see the email address of the person we are emailing. Often Outlook will just display the name for us but it can be quite useful to be able to view the name and subsequent email address without having to double click it to open the Contact card. This is particularly important when a contact has multiple email addresses and you want to ensure you are sending your message to the most appropriate one.
Let me show you a very easy way to adjust how Outlook displays your Contact names when sending email messages.
To change the display of a contact name, follow these steps:
- Open Microsoft Outlook
- Select Contacts from the Navigation Pane
- Within the Contacts area locate the contact you wish to adjust the display setting for
- The Contact Card will be displayed
- You will notice a field under Email called Display as:
- This field determines how you will see this Contact’s name displayed in an email message
- If you want to include the email address, simply highlight the current text and press Delete
- Now press the Tab key on the keyboard and Outlook will automatically fill the field with the person’s name and email address in brackets
- Click Save and Close
- Return to the Mail section of Outlook
- Press Ctrl + N to create a new mail message
- Type the persons name into the To field and Tab to move to the next field or press Ctrl + K to perform a Check Name
- The contact’s name should now be displayed with the email address included
I hope this provides a little time saver for your day. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any assistance.