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How to Import Mac OS X Address Book Contacts into Outlook for Mac


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Your contacts should be where your mail is. They have not come by themselves from the Mac OS X Address Book to Outlook for Mac, it seems.

Fortunately, it's easy to, just about literally, drag them along and import all Address Book contacts (including groups) into Outlook for Mac.

Import Mac OS X Address Book Contacts into Outlook for Mac

To import your contacts from Mac OS X Address Book into Outlook for Mac:

  • Open Address Book.
  • Drag and drop All Contacts from the Group list to your Desktop.
  • Close Address Book.
  • Open Outlook for Mac.
  • Select View | Go To | Contacts from the menu.
  • Drag and drop "All Contacts.vcf" from the Desktop (created before) to the Address Book root category.
    • Make sure a + appears as you hover the file over the Address Book category.
  • Delete the "All Contacts.vcf" file from your Desktop.

Outlook for Mac will automatically create and assign categories if you have your Address Book contacts in groups.

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