How to Restore Address Book Contact Information in Outlook

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Outlook stores emails, address book entries and other data in a PST (Outlook Personal Information Store) file. If you have saved the PST file or if you need information from another PST file, you can easily restore it yourself using the Outlook program.

Losing this information can be scary, but Outlook makes it really easy to recover data so you can recover your Outlook contacts or emails.

How to restore deleted contacts in Outlook

Restore your contacts from the backup

Restore contacts buttonIf you need to restore one or more contacts from your backup file, you can restore them to your local hard drive (make sure you do not overwrite existing PST files) and transfer them to Outlook;

File-> Open an Outlook data file

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You will now see your connected PST file in the navigation area. Expand it to find your restored contact folder and copy the contacts to your contact folder.

When you are finished, you can download the PST file;

Outlook for 2007 and return
File-> Data file management.
Outlook 2010, Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016
File-> Account settings-> Data files tab

Restore a contact that is still in your Deleted Items folder.

When you delete a contact, it moves to the Deleted Items folder in your mailbox as a deleted email message. The Deleted Items folder is the first place you need to search to find a deleted contact. If the contact is present, learn how to restore it here:

  • In Outlook, go to your list of email folders, then click Deleted Items.
  • Use the Search for deleted items field (or press CTRL + E) to find the item you want to restore. You can also sort by the Icon column to group all contacts in your Deleted Items folder.
  • If you find the contact, right-click and then click Move > Other Folder.
  • To add the contact to your contact list, click Contacts, then click OK.

Reinstall the Outlook address book

On the File tab, click Account Settings > Account Settings.

  1. In the Account Settings dialog box, on the Address Books tab, click New.
  2. If your Outlook address book is listed, click Close and immediately go to the section “Marking your contact folder for use with your address book”.
  3. If your Outlook address book is not in the list, click New.
  4. Select Additional Address Books, then click Next.
  5. In the “Additional address books” section, you will find a list of different options. Select the “Outlook Address Book” option and click on the “Next” button.

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