You can drag an item from any other Outlook 2013 module to the People button, but the only item that makes sense to drag there is an e-mail message. That is, you can drag an e-mail message to the People button to create a contact record that includes the e-mail address.

You not only save work by dragging a message to the People button, but you also eliminate the risk of misspelling the e-mail address. To create a new contact record, follow these steps:

1

Click the Mail button in the Navigation bar (or press Ctrl+1).

A list of your current incoming e-mail messages appears.

2

Select the message for which you want to make a contact record and drag it to the People button in the Navigation bar.

The New Contact form opens, with the name and e-mail address of the person who sent the message filled in.

3

If you want to include more information, type it into the appropriate box on the New Contact form.

You can change existing information or add information — the company for whom the person works, the postal mail address, other phone numbers, personal details (say, whether to send a complimentary gift of freeze-dried ants for the person’s pet aardvark), and so on.

If the body of the e-mail message contains information you want to use as contact information, select that information and drag it to the appropriate box of the New Contact form.

4

Click the Save & Close button.

You now have the e-mail address and any other information for the new contact stored for future reference.

Another quick way to capture an e-mail address from an incoming message: Right-click the name of the sender in the incoming message’s From field (in the Reading pane; this won’t work if you right-click the From address in the message list).

The From field is not a normal text box, so you may not think that right-clicking it would do anything, but it does: A shortcut menu appears. Choose Add to Outlook Contacts to open the New Contact form, and then follow the last two steps of the preceding list.