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How to Export Contacts and Email Addresses from Windows Live Hotmail

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Location-independent access to your Windows Live Hotmail emails with any web browser is great, and that applies to your contacts as well. But access is not really universal until you can get the data out of Hotmail and into other software.

Import Email Messages from Windows Live Hotmail

With emails, this is easy. You can access your Windows Live Hotmail account in Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail or Outlook transparently or use a tool that lets you retrieve mail from Hotmail in any email client.

But what about your contacts? Using Outlook Express, you can export them from Hotmail for use in your favorite email program, too. If you do not have a Hotmail Plus subscription, which is required for this export process, you can export your Windows Live Hotmail contacts to a CSV file, from which in turn most email programs and services should be able to import your address book.

Export Contacts and Email Addresses from Windows Live Hotmail

To save your Windows Live Hotmail address book to a CSV file:

  • Select Options | More options... (or just Options in the Windows Live Hotmail toolbar.
  • Follow the Export contacts link under Customize your contacts.
  • Click Export contacts.

You can now import contacts from the "WLMContacts.csv" file into the target application or service.

Import Contacts and Email Addresses from Hotmail into Outlook Express

To import contacts and email addresses from Hotmail into your Outlook Express address book:

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