How to View Other Address Books in Microsoft Outlook

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In Brief...

Your Outlook Address Book is a collection of email addresses from your Outlook folders. If you are using Outlook with an Exchange Server account, your Address Book will include the Global Address List (GAL), a list of everyone who has an Outlook account on the Exchange Server. To view a different address book in Outlook, follow these three steps.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Outlook: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. On the Home tab, in the Find group, select Address Book.
    Address Book

  2. The Address Book: Contacts dialog box will open.
    Contacts Dialog Box

  3. Select an address book from the Address Book drop-down list to view its addresses.
    Select Address Book

Author: Margaux Judge

Margaux Judge has worked as an e-learning editor and instructional designer for over ten years, writing and editing a wide variety of courses, from technical topics to soft skills. She has a Bachelor's degree in English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University and a Master's degree in Television Writing from Boston University.