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How to Export Your Outlook Contacts to a CSV File

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Select "File | Import and Export..." from the menu

Heinz Tschabitscher

If you move from one email program to the next, you don't want to leave your contacts behind. While Outlook stores everything including mail and contacts in a horrendously complicated file, exporting your contacts to a format that most other email programs and services can understand is pretty easy.

Export Your Outlook Contacts to a CSV File

To save your contacts from Outlook to a CSV file:

  • Select File | Import and Export... from the menu.
  • Make sure Export to a file is highlighted.
  • Click Next >.
  • Now make sure Comma Separated Values (Windows) is selected.
  • Click Next > again.
  • Highlight the Contacts folder.
  • Click Next >.
  • Use the Browse... button to specify a location and file name for the exported contacts. Something like "Outlook.csv" or "ol-contacts.csv" on your Desktop should work fine.
  • Click Next > (once more).
  • Now click Finish.

You can now import your Outlook contacts into other email programs such as Mac OS X Mail, for example.

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