How to Read a VCF File With a Text Editor

Written by rick radcliff
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VCF files, also known as vCard files, are digital, or virtual, business cards. They contain contact information, such as name, address, phone number and e-mail, and are used by various applications which manage addresses and contacts. They can also be used to send contact information electronically, by attaching them to e-mails: the receiver downloads the VCF file from the email, and then imports it into his contact manager software. These files typically only contain text, so if someone sends you a VCF file and you don't have a contact manager, you can read the information using any basic text editor.

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  1. 1

    Open your text editor, such as Windows Notepad or Microsoft Word.

  2. 2

    Click "File."

  3. 3

    Click "Open."

  4. 4

    Set it show all files by selecting "All Files" from the drop-down menu.

  5. 5

    Find and highlight the VCF file you want to read.

  6. 6

    Click the "Open" button.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do have an application that manages addresses, such as Microsoft Outlook or even some contact managers on cell phones, you can open or import the VCF file into that application to add the information to your contacts automatically. Most such applications will also allow you to export your own data, or that of your other contacts, as a VCF file that you can attach to e-mail and send to others.

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