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Chapter 6. Contacts and Address Books > Sharing Contact Information with Others

Sharing Contact Information with Others

Outlook provides two ways to send contact information about a contact to another person. You can send the information as a vCard or forward a contact from within one of your Contacts folders. vCards are an Internet standard way of transmitting contact information as a text file and can be understood by most modern e-mail clients, but the vCard specification doesn't support all the possible fields in an Outlook contact item. vCards are also known as electronic business cards. Forwarded Outlook contacts contain all the contact fields but can be used only by people running Outlook.

  • To send a contact to another person, highlight the contact and select Actions, Forward. A new e-mail message is opened with the selected contact attached to the e-mail message.

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    You can include a vCard as part of your signature, and it will be attached to every e-mail in which the signature is used. See the “Creating and Using Signatures” section in Chapter 4, “Advanced E-mail,” to learn how to use a vCard in a signature.


  • To send a vCard to another person, highlight the contact and select Actions, Forward as vCard. A new e-mail message is opened with a vCard file (.VCF) of the selected contact attached to the e-mail message. When a vCard file is opened, Outlook creates a new contact item.

  • To save a vCard to the Windows file system, open a contact and select File, Export to vCard file. Select the filename and location in the VCARD File dialog and select Save to save the vCard file.


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