How to Delete a Microsoft Outlook Contacts Folder


If you no longer need the email addresses to a particular set of contacts, or if you want to clear up unused folders and files to clean up your personal profile a bit, you can remove your Microsoft Outlook "Contacts" folder from your address book.

While it's not possible to delete the main "Contacts" folder itself, you can hide the folder so that it no longer displays in the address book.

  • Click "Start," "All Programs," then click "Microsoft Outlook" to launch the application.

  • Click the "Contacts" button, located on the pane farthest to the left. Right-click your "Contacts" folder (located under "My Contacts"), then click "Properties."

  • In the "Contact Properties" window, click the "Outlook Address Book" tab. Check "Show this folder as an e-mail Address Book," then click "OK."

  • Click the address book icon on the toolbar, then click the drop-down menu located underneath the "Show Names from the:" section. The Contacts folder will be gone.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are unable to remove the "Contacts" folder, you must delete the Address Book and restart Outlook.
  • If you want to delete a contact folder that is not Outlook's main Contacts folder, simply right-click the folder, then click "Delete."

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