How to Convert a Wab to a PST

By Amy Dombrower

Microsoft Outlook Express, the free email program associated with Internet Explorer, uses the Windows Address Book (.wab) file to save all your contacts in one file. The desktop email program and organizer Microsoft Outlook, however, is not compatible with WAB files. Instead, Outlook creates a data file called the Personal Folders File (.pst) to store the data from your Contacts folder. If you want to convert an Outlook Express WAB file to an Outlook PST data file, you must first copy your Outlook Express contacts to Outlook, and then create a PST file to store the imported data.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Outlook Express
  • Microsoft Outlook

Step 1

Open Microsoft Outlook.

Step 2

Click the "File" menu. Select "Import and Export."

Step 3

Select "Import Internet Mail and Addresses" under "Choose an Action to Perform."

Step 4

Select "Outlook Express 4.x, 5.x, 6.x" under "Select the Internet Mail Application to Import from."

Step 5

Select the "Import Address Book" check box. Uncheck "Import Mail" and "Import Rules." Click "Next."

Step 6

Specify the options for importing duplicate contacts. You may select to overwrite existing data with your imported contacts, allow duplicates (the program will not overwrite data), or do not allow duplicates (the program will not import duplicated data).

Step 7

Click "Finish" to complete the export.

Step 8

Click the "File" menu and select "New." Select "Outlook Data File" to create a new PST file from your imported data.

Step 9

Click "Office Outlook Personal Folders File (.pst)" if you are using Outlook 2003 or 2007. Otherwise, select "Outlook 97-2002 Personal Folders File (.pst)." Outlook 2003 and 2007 use a .pst format that cannot be read by older versions of Outlook.

Step 10

Type a new file name for the .pst file in the "File Name" box. Type a display name for the folder in the "Name" box.

Step 11

Type a password for the file if you want to secure the file. The new .pst folder will appear in the Folder List under the "Go" menu.