How to Send My Outlook Contacts From My PC to My Laptop

By Bennett Gavrish

If you use the Microsoft Outlook application to manage your contacts on both a desktop PC and a laptop, you can use the "Export" and "Import" features of the program to send your contact data between the two computers. When exporting your address book from Outlook, the data is stored in a PST file, or personal folders file, the standard data format for Outlook content.

Things You'll Need

  • PC computers running WIndows XP or later
  • Microsoft Outlook 2003 or later
  • External storage device (optional)

Step 1

Open Microsoft Outlook on the PC containing your contacts.

Step 2

Click on the "Contacts" tab in the lower left corner of the window.

Step 3

Go to the "File" menu at the top of the screen and select "Import and Export".

Step 4

Choose the "Export to a file" option and click "Next".

Step 5

Select "Personal Folder File (.pst)" from the list of file types and click "Next" again.

Step 6

Make sure the "Contacts" folder is highlighted and click "Next".

Step 7

Click on the "Browse" button, choose to save the contact data to your desktop and press "Finish".

Step 8

Send the exported data to your laptop by copying it to an external storage device--such as a flash drive or blank CD--or emailing it to yourself as an attachment.

Step 9

Use the import feature from the "File" menu to add the contacts to your laptop address book.