How to Remove Outlook Contacts

By Leonardo R. Grabkowski

You might want to delete a contact from your Microsoft Outlook address book because the contact is a duplicate, is no longer in use or you may not have a relationship with the person anymore. Either way, you can delete unwanted Outlook contacts in just a few minutes. The procedure to delete Outlook contacts is the same in both Microsoft Outlook 2003 and Microsoft Outlook 2010.

Step 1

Click "Start" and open Microsoft Outlook. Click on "Contacts" in the lower-left corner.

Step 2

Choose your sorting method. If you have many contacts, considering clicking on "Phone List." This displays all of your contacts in a vertical panel, rather than the default "Business Card" view.

Step 3

Double-click on the contact you want to delete. This opens the contact's information pane.

Step 4

Click "Delete" to delete the contact from your address book. Repeat as necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to delete more than one or two contacts, hold down the "Ctrl" button on your keyboard and click on each contact you want to delete. You'll notice that each contact becomes highlighted. Press "Delete" when you have selected the contacts. The system will delete them.