A reader is having a heck of a time with Gmail:

I am going crazy figuring out what happened to access to address book in gmail. I wanted to add an email. Here is what I did:

1. Open Gmail and then go to the top left where it says Gmail above the Compose label.
2. Then click on the arrow
3. I get a drop list of 3 different options
Gmail
Contacts
Tasks

4. Choose Contacts. Then a pop up pointing to a square saying: Your contacts are here.

Bottom line:  Where is my address book and how can I add a contact emai? I’m really confused. Also, I should probably say I don’t have the new Gmail. I did and then went to that option drop list and switched back.

In Gmail, Contacts and Address book are one and the same. By default, Gmail automatically creates contacts for you based on messages you send, but you can edit them.

When you click Contacts from the drop-down menu under Gmail at the top left…

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You’ll receive a notice at the top-right to click on the little square of squares at the top right. This is a menu icon to display your other Gmail services.

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Click to open. Then select Contacts.

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In the right panel, you’ll see Contacts, which lists people you’ve added to the list. Frequently Contacted, and Other contacts, which is pretty much anyone you’ve emailed with Gmail.

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You can see the previous version of Contacts by choosing Switch to the old version.

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To add a new contact in the old version, click the New Contact button at the top left and enter the information.

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In the newer version of Contacts, look all the way at the bottom right of the page for a big + button.

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Then add your information.

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An even quicker way is to simply hover the cursor over the name of the person sending you an email until you get a box showing their information. Then click Add to contacts.

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If you want to make sure that Gmail automatically adds someone to contacts every time you send an email, click the gear symbol in the upper right of your inbox and select Setttings from the drop-down menu.

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Under the General tab, scroll down to Create contacts for auto-complete and tick the box beside it.

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I hope this helps!