How to Search for Email Accounts by Name

By Candace Benson

Searching for an email account is a simple process whether using white pages services or an email client to perform the task. Using white pages to search for an email account by name can be helpful if you have lost touch with a friend or colleague and wish to contact him. If your email client contains hundreds or thousands of contacts, searching for a specific email address may take a few seconds. For either method, make your search query as specific as possible to reduce the number of results.

Things You'll Need

  • Web browser (Section 1)
  • Internet access (Section 1)
  • Microsoft Outlook (Section 2)

Searching with White Pages on the Internet

Step 1

Open your Web browser. Type in the link to "Yahoo! People" or to your favorite white pages search engine. (Please see the Resources section for more white pages.)

Step 2

Type in the "Last Name" under "Email Search."

Step 3

Enter the "First Name/Initial" if you know it.

Step 4

Press the "Search" button. White pages will show any email addresses attributed to the name you've entered. To email the person, highlight the email address, right-click it and select "Copy." Paste the address into a new message.

Searching for Accounts in Outlook

Step 1

Open Microsoft Outlook.

Step 2

Find and click on the text field next to "Search Address Books."

Step 3

Enter the name of the contact. Outlook will update the drop-down list with contacts that match your query.

Step 4

Select the email contact by left-clicking on it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Input other details, such as a mailing address or phone number, if you have the information. This will reduce the number of results found, which can be helpful if you are searching for a common name.
  • Use company names, first names or last names, the Outlook "Display Name" or initials to search for email accounts.