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Use the old version of Google Contacts

You can keep track of names, email addresses, phone numbers, and more in Google Contacts.

Add, edit, or delete contacts

Note: If you aren’t able to follow the steps here, you’re probably using the newer version of Contacts. Go to add, edit, or delete contacts in Contacts preview.

Add a contact
  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. In the top left, click New Contact.
  3. Add contact information.
Edit a contact
  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. Click the contact’s name.
  3. Hover your mouse over the contact info, then type in the box that shows up.
Delete a contact
  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. Next to the contact’s name, check the box.
  3. At the top, click More and then Delete Contact.

Group & sort contacts

Note: If you aren’t able to follow the steps here, you’re probably using the newer version of Contacts. Go to group & sort contacts in Contacts preview.

Create a contact group
  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. On the left, click New group.
  3. Type a new group name.
  4. Click OK.
Add a contact to a group
  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. Next to the contact’s name, check the box.
  3. At the top, click Group Groups icon.
  4. Check the groups you want to add your contact to.
Remove a contact from a group
  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. On the left under My Contacts, click a group.
  3. Next to the contact name you want to remove, check the box.
  4. At the top, click Group Groups icon.
  5. A checked box will be next to any group the contact is in. To remove a contact from a group, uncheck the group.
  6. Click Apply.
Rename a group
  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. On the left under My Contacts, click a group.
  3. At the top, click More and then Rename group.
  4. Type a new group name.
  5. Click OK.
Delete a group
  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. On the left under My Contacts, click a group.
  3. At the top, click More and then Delete group.
  4. Click OK.
Sort a group alphabetically
  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. On the left under My Contacts, click a group.
  3. At the top, click More.
  4. Check First Name or Last Name.

Merge contacts

Note: If you aren’t able to follow the steps here, you’re probably using the newer version of Contacts. Go to merge contacts in Contacts preview.

  1. Go to Google Contacts.
  2. At the top, click More.
  3. Click Find & merge duplicates...
  4. Click Merge.

Turn on keyboard shortcuts

These shortcuts only work in the old version of Google Contacts.

  1. Go to the Google Contacts.
  2. In the top right, click the Settings Settings and then Settings.
  3. Next to "Keyboard shortcuts," select Keyboard shortcuts on.
  4. Click OK.

Keyboard shortcuts you can use

You can use keyboard shortcuts to select, navigate, and edit your contacts.

To see a complete list of keyboard shortcuts, including which need to be turned on, type ? when you have Contacts open.

Note: Keyboard shortcuts work differently on PC and Mac computers. On PCs, use Ctrl instead of .

Select contacts
Action Shortcut
Select all contacts *a
Deselect all contacts *n
Navigate contacts
Action Shortcut
Return to contact list u
Go to next / previous contact k / j
Open contact O or Enter
Application
Action Shortcut
Search /
Open shortcut help ?
Actions
Action Shortcut
Move focus to toolbar ,
Select contact x
Escape from input field Esc
Save contact /Ctrl + s
Remove contact(s) from current group e
Delete contact #
Change group membership l
Undo last action z
Open more actions menu .
Actions from Gmail

If you are in Gmail, you can use shortcuts to take action with your Google Contacts.

Action Shortcut
Go to Contacts g then c
Select all contacts * then a
Deselects all contacts * then n

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