When you first create a Hotmail account, it will have an empty address book: you can then import contacts from a CSV / text file, but one of the most seamless ways of populating your contact list is to add contacts and/or create them manually as needed. In this tutorial, we will show you how to add a contact from email messages you send or receive, and how to manually create contacts in your address book.
Start by going to your inbox:
Tip: if you do not see the sent message confirmation screen pictured above, click on "Options" (near top right corner of inbox page), and select "More options". Then, click "Sent message confirmations" under "Writing email" - choose "Show me the sent message confirmation page after I send an e-mail" in the next screen, and click "Save".
But you can at any point manually create a contact, without having to send or receive an email message from that person: just click on the "Contacts" link in the bottom left corner of the page (when your inbox is loaded). Once your "contact list" opens, click on the "New" link above the listing: the form that opens allows you to enter as much or as little information as you want - Hotmail will need at least one piece of information to create a contact. Once you are done, click on the "Save" button at the bottom, and you've added a new contact!