How to Transfer Outlook Contacts From One Computer to Another

Transferring your Outlook contacts from one computer to another is a relatively simple process and can save huge amounts of time if you're migrating from address book that you've been building for several years. You can also use this process if you need to reinstall Windows or reformat your hard drive or if you're migrating to a newer version of Outlook from an older version. Prior to beginning the transfer process, remove any duplicate contacts from your list and delete any old or outdated contacts.

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Outlook 2003

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Open Outlook on the computer that contains the contacts.

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Click on "File" in the menu bar. Select "Import and Export."

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Choose "Export to a file." Click "Next."

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Select "Personal Folder File (.pst)." Click "Next."

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Select the "Contacts" folder. Choose the check box next to "Include subfolders" if you have a contacts subfolder that you wish to also transfer. Click "Next."

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Click "Browse" under "Save Exported File As" and select a directory where you'll save your contacts. Choose an easy-to-remember location such as your desktop, your "Documents" folder or another customer folder.

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Enter a name for your backed-up contacts, such as "Contacts Backup" or "Contacts Transfer."

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Click "Finish."

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Copy the file to removable storage or media such as a USB thumb drive, an external hard drive, or to a CD/DVD.

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Open Outlook on the second computer. Insert the media device where you stored the contacts backup.

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Click on "File," then "Import and Export."

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Choose "Import from another program or file." Click "Next."

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Select "Personal Folder File (.pst)." Click "Next."

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Browse to the drive or directory and find the contacts backup file you created earlier. Select it, and click "Open."

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Choose to "Replace duplicates with items imported," "Allow duplicates to be created" or "Do not import duplicate items." Click "Next."

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Adjust the fields that contain your contacts information as needed. Click on "OK."

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Click "Finish."

Outlook 2007

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Open Outlook on the computer that contains the contacts.

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Click on "File" in the menu bar. Select "Import and Export."

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Choose "Export to a file." Click "Next."

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Highlight "Comma Separated Values (Windows)." Click "Next."

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Select your "Contacts" folder, and click "Next."

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Browse to the directory where you wish to save your contacts backup. Enter a name, such as "Contacts Backup," then press "Save." Click "Next."

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Click "Next," then "Finish."

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Copy the file to removable storage or media such as a USB thumb drive, an external hard drive, or to a CD/DVD.

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Open Outlook on the second computer. Insert the media that contains the contacts backup.

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Click on "File," then "Import and Export."

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Click "Next."

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Highlight "Import from another program or file." Click "Next."

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Highlight "Comma Separated Values (.csv)," then click "Next."

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Click "Yes" if Outlook asks to install a translator.

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Click "Browse" to navigate to the directory that contains your backed up contacts. Highlight the file, and click "Open."

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Choose to "Replace duplicates with items imported," "Allow duplicates to be created" or "Do not import duplicate items." Click "Next."

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Adjust the fields that contain your contacts information as needed. Click on "OK."

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Click "Finish."