How to Copy Microsoft Outlook Contacts to Memory Sticks

By William Nagel

Microsoft Outlook allows you to create a backups of your personal data, such as your contacts, calendar, and e-mail folders. If you need to move your Outlook contacts from one computer to another or if you simply want to back up your contacts to prevent data loss in the event of a computer crash, you can use the export feature to save your contacts to a portable USB memory stick. After your contacts have been exported, you can import them into Outlook or another e-mail program from the USB stick.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Outlook
  • USB memory stick

Step 1

Connect your USB memory stick to your computer. Run Microsoft Outlook.

Step 2

Select the "File" tab on the Office ribbon. Click the "Options" button on the Office ribbon to open the "Options" window.

Step 3

Select "Advanced" from the navigation menu on the left side of the "Options" window.

Step 4

Click the "Export" button in the "Export" section of the "Advanced Options" window.

Step 5

Select "Export to a file," and click "Next" to begin the export process. Select "Outlook Data File (.pst)" from the list of export options, and click "Next."

Step 6

Select your "Contacts" folder from the Outlook folder tree, and click "Next." Select your USB drive as the destination for the exported file by clicking the "Browse" button and navigating to your USB drive.

Step 7

Click "Finish" to complete the export process. Wait until Outlook finishes creating the backup file. Close Outlook, and eject your USB drive from your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can back up an entire account to a .pst file by selecting the account in step 6 and checking the "Include Subfolders" option.