Send and save contacts as vCards (.vcf files)

.vcf attachment in a message header You can send Microsoft Outlook contact information — yours or someone else's — to others in the vCard (.vcf) format. When a recipient opens the vCard attachment (.vcf file) that is received in a message, a contact form (contact form: A view of an individual contact that contains all the information stored in the contact.) opens, displaying the contact information.

You can click and save a .vcf file that you receive, adding it directly to your Outlook Contacts, saving all the information. If you want to save an Outlook contact as a .vcf file, for example, for bulk distribution or to make that information available to others for download, you can do that too.

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A vCard enables you to send contact information in a format that can be easily read in other e-mail programs. A vCard is saved as a .vcf file, which is the Internet standard for sharing contact information. When you send a vCard, its .vcf file is sent with the message as an attachment.

What do you want to do?

Send a vCard in a message

  1. In Contacts, do one of the following:

ShowWhat are the card views in Outlook?

The card views are Business Cards, Address Cards, and Detailed Address Cards.

  • Right-click the contact, and on the shortcut menu, point to Send Full Contact, and then click In Internet Format (vCard).

A new message opens with the vCard attachment on the Attach line.

  1. Complete the message and send.

 Tip   Another way to send a .vcf file is to include it in your e-mail signature. This displays the contact information prominently as an Electronic Business Card (Electronic Business Card: A view of specific information about a contact, in a format similar to a paper-based business card, that can be inserted into messages.). For more information, see Include an Electronic Business Card in your e-mail signature.

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Save a contact as a vCard

Saving contacts as vCards provides a way to efficiently store a large number of contacts.

  1. In the open contact, click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, point to Save As, and then click Export to vCard File.
  2. Type a name in the File name box, and then click Save.
Applies to:
Outlook 2007