Outlook 2013's Linked Contacts

Last reviewed on December 28, 2012

Outlook 2013 has a neat feature where all contacts for a person are linked together and the aggregate data from all of the linked contacts is displayed on a contact card, with the source of the data listed on the contact card. You can click a link to open any one of the contacts associated with the person.

Contact card links

Outlook does a pretty good job at matching the contacts but occasionally gets it wrong. When contacts are incorrectly linked, or not linked, you can correct the links from the contact card.

Unlink contacts Under list of associated contacts (View Source) is a link for Link Contacts. Click this link to open the Linked Contacts dialog shown here.

To unlink contacts, hover a name then click the X beside the name to unlink it from the contact.

To link contacts, type a name into the Search field to search for Contacts to link to the contact. Select the names you want to link to the contact.

Written by

Diane Poremsky
A Microsoft Outlook Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 1999, Diane is the author of several books, including Outlook 2013 Absolute Beginners Book. She also created video training CDs and online training classes for Microsoft Outlook. You can find her helping people online in Outlook Forums as well as in the Microsoft Answers and TechNet forums.

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