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Outlook: Search Local or Personal Contact List before the Global Address List

Your local contact list is more likely to have the correct address than the global address list. Here is how to search it first.

Here at IT headquarters, we have a billion people on the global address list. By default, Outlook searches through this first before searching my local contact list. Therefore, it typically matches the name to the wrong information.

Here is how to set it up correctly.

    1. Open Outlook.
    2. Click the Tools menu.
    3. Select Address Book.
    4. The address book will open. Select the Tools menu here.
    5. Select Options.
    6. Select Contacts in the lower box.
    7. Use the arrows to move it to the top.

That is all there is to it. You will never email Ms. Wifet instead of your wife again!

David Kirk
David Kirk
David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.


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