How to Import Multiple Contacts From a vCard File to Outlook

By Tamara Runzel

Microsoft Outlook helps you manage your email, address book, tasks and appointments. You can build up your address book a number of ways, including, importing contacts from Microsoft Excel, saving them from emails and importing from a vCard file. A vCard is basically an electronic business card that usually includes a person's name, address, phone number and email address. You can convert information on a vCard to an Outlook contact whether it is sent as an email signature, attachment or in the form of a file on a disc.

Things You'll Need

  • vCard converter

Email Signature

Step 1

Right- click the business card information in an open message.

Step 2

Click "Add to Outlook Contacts."

Step 3

Click "Save & Close" in the "Actions" group on the "Contact" tab.

Step 4

Select either "Add new contact" or "Update information of selected Contact" if prompted. This happens if a duplicate contact name is found already in your address book.

Step 5

Double-click the duplicate contact, if necessary, update the information on the form and hit "Save."

Attachment

Step 1

Open the message containing the vCard.

Step 2

Double-click the ".vcf" file attachment. This is the file extension used on vCards.

Step 3

Click "Save & Close" in the "Actions" group on the "Contacts" tab.

From File

Step 1

Open Microsoft Outlook.

Step 2

Select "Import and Export" from the "File" menu.

Step 3

Click the box next to "Import a vCard file (*.vcf), and click "Next."

Step 4

Select the vCard file you want to add as a contact, and click "Open." A new contact record is created in your default contacts folder.

Step 5

Drag the vCard file to another folder if you don't want it in your default contacts folder.

Multiple Files

Step 1

Download a vCard converter. Microsoft Outlook recommends the following companies: 4Team Corporation, Sperry Software and Output Boost Utilities. All three of these companies offer at least a free demonstration if not a free trial, but they do cost when the trial period ends.

Step 2

Find and click on the link to the vCard converter you downloaded. Some converters are integrated directly into the Outlook toolbar and you can find others under the "Tools" menu.

Step 3

Select "Import" when prompted to choose whether you want to import or export vCard files.

Step 4

Enter the location where you want the contacts saved.

Step 5

Click "Import" or "OK." The exact step varies depending on which converter you downloaded.