How to customise the display of a Contact’s name in Outlook

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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 is 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 lowered 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 by opening 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.

Change a Contacts Display Name in Outlook

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:

  1. Open Microsoft Outlook
  2. Select People from the Navigation Pane or press Ctrl + 3 on the keyboard

Change a Contacts Display Name in Outlook

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Change a Contacts Display Name in Outlook

  1. Within the People area locate the contact you wish to adjust the display setting for
  2. The Contact Card will be displayed

Change a Contacts Display Name in Outlook

  1. You will notice a field under Email called Display as:
  2. This field determines how you will see this Contact’s name displayed in an email message
  3. If you want to include the email address, simply highlight the current text and press Delete
  4. 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

Change a Contacts Display Name in Outlook

  1. Click Save and Close
  2. Return to the Mail section of Outlook using the Navigation Pane or press Ctrl + 1 on the keyboard
  3. Press Ctrl + N to create a new mail message
  4. Type the person’s name into the To field and Tab to move to the next field or press Ctrl + K to perform a Check Name
  5. The contact’s name should now be displayed with the email address included

Change a Contacts Display Name in Outlook

  1. Fill in the remaining sections of your email message and send when completed

I hope this provides a little time saver for your day. Did you know about the shortcut keys I mention in this article? Click here to see my favourite shortcut keys in Outlook. If you like customising Outlook to work better for you, try the following articles: Using AutoCorrect within Microsoft Office, stay updated on your favourite websites by adding an RSS feed to Outlook, and don’t forget that you can create your own distribution list in Microsoft Outlook.

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