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I've been searching and searching for this and cannot find a solution. It baffles me totally. In the suggested contacts list for Outlook 2010, how do I get it to search by "domain name"? For example, say I have the following contacts in my Suggested Contacts:

  • Jake Doe (jaked@thedomain.com)
  • John Doe (johnd@thedomain.com)

In Outlook 2010, if I begin to type the beginning of the name, say "Jake" or "John", I will get a suggested popup for their respective name/email address. However, if I type "thedomain.com", I get no matches. Further, if I click into the Address Book and try searching for "thedomain.com", I get no matches, using More Columns, Advanced Find, or whatever.

Outlook clearly knows the domain -- heck it even shows as a separate column called "Domain" in the NK2 file with NK2Edit -- why on earth will it not pop up the suggested email when I type in a domain name? What am I missing in my configuration to get this seemingly obvious thing working?

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First: the names that pop up when you start typing into the To: field are not linked to your contacts, it's its own list (of addresses you previously entered into the To field).

Anyhow, to the question at hand:

AFAIK There's no native way to search Outlook contacts by domain name.

To can gain that ability you'll probably have to resort to a 3rd party plug-in.

One example would be AbleBits' Smart Contacts:

Smart Contacts is an assistant for quick and convenient work with email addresses in Microsoft Outlook 2013, 2010, and 2007. Right after installation this little address keeper displays your recent and frequent contacts on a pane and lets you email them in a click.

  • See your favorite, frequent, and recent contact groups
  • Instantly find Outlook address by entering any part of it, like the company or domain name
  • Find Outlook contacts and double-click a listed address to create an e-mail
  • Add To, CC, or BCC recipients in a click
  • Click once to add contacts to Outlook address book after you reply to a message

Note: I have no affiliation with this software or company, nor have I ever actually tried it...

  • Hmm.. it looks like this is about the best solution. I don't really want to spend $30 just to get emails by domain name when there are other simple ways to get that information :( Thanks for the suggestion though! – mellamokb Dec 17 '15 at 14:58
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This is easy. Just open the Suggested Contacts folder, click in the Search box and select Search Tools -> Advanced Find... on the ribbon. Now you can type "thedomain.com" (including quotes) to the Search for the words: box, select "e-mail fields only" in the In: box and click the Find Now button.

  • That is for searching mail, not addresses. In fact, you can just type domains in the standard mail search and it will work fine. I think this question is about how to find addresses when composing mail. – Bort Nov 6 '19 at 15:41

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