Arrange Names In Outlooks Contacts

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

Q. Some people in my Outlook Contacts file are listed by first name and some by last name—complicating the task of finding them. Is there some way I can alphabetize them by first or last name or get Outlook to default to one or the other?

A. Obviously you aren’t aware that you actually have total control of which name to list first. When you first type a name in Contacts (such as Stanley Zarowin ) next to the Full Name box, the name appears again, to the right of File as. Depending on how your default is set, Stanley Zarowin may appear or Zarowin, Stanley . If you click on the upside-down arrow on the right of that line, you can reverse the order (see screenshot below).

You can set a default sorting scheme, placing either the first or the last name first. To do that click on Tools , Options , the Preferences tab and Contact Options and follow the screen instructions.

 

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