Dave, I just got a new computer, and want to move my Microsoft Outlook contacts to a new computer. How do I move this file?
On first blush, it appears that you need to pay for a shareware application: Google “transfer Microsoft Outlook Contacts” and dozens of different applications show up which, I imagine, you could purchase if you were so inclined. Before you whip out your credit card, however, read on…
A bit more research, however, reveals a document on the Microsoft Office Online site that provide detailed instructions on how to export your Contacts from Outlook.
Here’s the scoop:
- In Outlook, on the File menu, click Import and Export.
- Click Export to a file, and then click Next.
- Click Comma Separated Values (Windows), and then click Next.
- In the folder list, click the Contacts folder, and then click Next.
- Browse to the folder where you want to save the contacts as a .csv file.
- Type a name for the exported file, and then click OK.
- Click Next.
- Click Finish.
That gives you a comma separate list of your Outlook Contacts. Transfer that to your new computer, then you can import them into your new version of Outlook with the following steps:
- On the File menu, click Import and Export.
- Click Import from another program or file, and then click Next.
- In the list, click Comma Separated Values (Windows), and then click Next.
- Click Browse, locate your file, and then click Next.
- Click your Contacts folder or another folder that contains contacts, and then click Next.
- In the list, click the file that contains your address list, and then click Map Custom Fields.