How to Export a Mac Address Book to Windows

By Bill Brown

Address Book on the Mac has an export feature that can make a copy of your contacts as a .vcf file. You can transfer .vcf files---the most common format for contacts---from platform to platform. After you export the contacts, get the file to your Windows computer in some fashion; from there, import the file into your existing Windows Contacts. The .vcf file will be relatively small (provided you don't have an excessive number of contacts), and you can even email it for use on Windows computers.

Things You'll Need

  • Flash drive or CD

Step 1

Open Address Book from its icon on the dock on your Mac.

Step 2

Click one of your contacts in the left side of the screen, then press the "Command" and "A" keys to select them all. If you only want to export selected contacts, click them individually while pressing the Command key.

Step 3

Click "File" from the menu at the top of the screen, then "Export," followed by "Export Group vCard."

Step 4

Name the file, and save it to the desktop.

Step 5

Copy the file to a flash drive, burn it to a CD or email it so you can access it on the Windows computer.

Step 6

Copy or drag the file onto the desktop of the Windows computer.

Step 7

Click the "Start" button at the bottom of the screen, then "All Programs," then "Contacts." The "Contacts" program will open.

Step 8

Click "Import" on the toolbar, followed by "vCard" to execute the import.