Shortcut key to create Outlook contact from user who sent current email

Is there a shortcut key within Outlook 2016 to create an Outlook contact from the user's email within the currently opened email?

Currently, I have to right click on the email address of the person who sent the email I am looking at and then click on "Add to Outlook Contacts" (see the screenshot).

Is there a shortcut key I can press that will open a new contact that contains the name of the person who sent the current email as well as this user's email address?

If I press the "Create a Contact" shortcut key by pressing "CTRL+Shift+C" this opens up a completely blank contact and doesn't have the sender's name and email address already entered.

So is there a shortcut key I can press that will open a new contact that contains the name of the person who sent the current email as well as this user's email address?



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Valentina PerezExchange ServersCommented:
Hi,

Unfortunately i think there is no shortcut key to create the contact in Outlook 2016. The only way to create a contact with shortcut "CTRL+Shift+C" but as you explained it will show you blank contact that you need to edit.

Regards
Valentina
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IT GuyNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Is there a way of doing this by creating an Outlook macro?

If so what are the steps?
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Knowledgeable,
I'm working on a program to do this and would like to know what shortcut key you want to use. It could be a function key, such as F12; or a letter key with "modifier" keys, such as Alt-Ctrl-C or Shift-Win-M; or a number pad key, such as 0 or Enter. The function key can also have modifiers, such as Ctrl-F10, and same with the number pad key, such as Alt-plus sign. I'll probably allow the user to set the hotkey via a Settings... feature, but I can configure whatever key you prefer as the default. Regards, Joe

Update on 17-Mar-2018: I haven't heard back from you on my question above, but decided to move forward with the Settings... feature, which allows the user to set the hotkey, as well as other options, such as displaying the Contact form after it is populated and automatically saving the new Contact. The Settings dialog is selected via the system tray (notification area) context menu and looks like this:

CreateOutlookContactFromMail-System Tray
The top box, showing the current hotkey, is displayed when hovering over the tray icon; the bottom box, showing the context menu, is displayed when right-clicking on the tray icon.

Selecting Settings... from the tray icon brings up this configuration dialog:

CreateOutlookContactFromMail-Settings
I'm sure you can get a good idea of what the program does by simply looking at that dialog (I haven't yet written the Quick Start Guide, which will explain everything in detail). The Letter drop-down has the letters A-Z. Likewise, the Number drop-down has the numbers 0-9. The Number Pad and Function Key drop-downs look like this:

Number Pad drop-down
Function Key drop-down
The short summary is that, after setting the hotkey, any press of that hotkey will create an Outlook Contact with the sender's full name and email address from the currently opened or selected email (and, as you can see, there are options to display and/or automatically save the new Contact). Please let me know if there are any other features that you think would make the program more useful. Regards, Joe
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