Import/Export Contacts using Outlook

Export contacts from Outlook

When you export your contacts from Outlook, a copy of your contacts is saved to a CSV file, or other file type. You can then use this file to import your contacts to another email account.

  1. In Outlook on a PC, choose File.

  2. Choose Open & Export > Import/Export.

  3. Choose Export to a file.

  4. Choose Comma Separated Values.

  5.  In the Select folder to export from box, scroll to the top if needed and select the Contacts folder that's under your account. Choose Next.

  6. Choose Browse, name your file, and choose OK.

  7. Confirm where your new contacts file will be saved on your computer, and choose Next.

  8. Choose Finish to start exporting your contacts immediately. Outlook doesn't display any message when the export process is complete but the Import and Export Progress box goes away.

  9. Locate the new .csv file on your computer and open it with Excel to verify your contacts are there. You'll likely have a lot of empty cells. That's normal.

  10. Generally we recommend closing the file without saving any changes; otherwise the file might get messed up and you won't be able to use it for importing. If that happens you can always run the export process again and create a new file.

  11. Now that your contacts are copied to a .csv file, you can import them to another account. (see below)