Directions for Setting Up an Address Book

by Suvro Banerji

The "Address Book" is a program in Windows XP (or lower) that stores your contacts and contact lists on your computer. It is called "Windows Contacts" in Windows Vista and Windows 7. You can set up your Address Book with other contact formats like Windows Address Book (.wab) files, Netscape Communicator, Microsoft Exchange Personal Address Book and Comma Separated Values text (.csv) files. You can also set it up by adding individual contacts or individual mailing lists.

Click on the Start menu and select "All Programs." Click on "Accessories" and select "Address Book." If you use Windows Vista or Windows 7, "Windows Contacts" appear when you click on "All Programs."

Add a new contact by clicking on "New" and select "Contact." For Windows Vista and Windows 7, click directly on "New Contact." This will open a dialog box with a form to fill up. Type in personal information. You do not have to fill all the fields, but enter as much information as you can/want. Hit "Save."

Add a new mailing list by clicking on "New" and select "New Group." For Windows Vista and 7, click on "New Contact Group." Type a name for the group and add members by clicking on "Add" and selecting individuals from an existing group or mailing list.

Set up your address book by importing contacts from other Windows Address book files. Click on "File" and point your mouse to "Import." Select "Address Book (WAB)." Browse to locate the .wab file on your hard drive and click on "Import."

Set up your address book by importing contacts from address book formats. Click on "File" and point your mouse to "Import." Select "Other Address Book." Browse to locate the address book file on your hard drive and click on "Import."

About the Author

Suvro Banerji is a recent graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism where he earned a dual degree in broadcast news and political science. He began writing professionally in 2005 at KOMU-8 News (NBC) where he worked as a multimedia producer. Banerji has also interned with CNN for two consecutive years.