How to Import Contacts From Webmail and Outlook

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How to Import Contacts From Webmail and Outlook
Take your contacts with you with the versatile CSV format. (address & phone book image by cegli from Fotolia.com)

Each e-mail application, be it webmail or a dedicated e-mail client like Outlook, has different ways of importing and exporting contacts. Some have proprietary contact bundles, but almost all support the Comma Separated Value (CSV) spreadsheet-like contact forms. Whether you are wishing to import from Outlook to your webmail account or vice versa, using the CSV format is the way to go.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open Microsoft Outlook. Select "File," "Import and Export."

  2. 2

    Select "Export to a File," "Next." Select "Comma Separated Values (Windows)" and click "Next."

  3. 3

    Select "Contacts" and click "Next." Select a place on your computer to save the file, name it and select "OK," "Next," "Finish." You now have a CSV file on your computer with all your Outlook contacts.

  4. 4

    Log in to your webmail account and select "Contacts." Select the "Import Contacts" option. This setting varies by webmail service, so be sure to refer to your specific provider's help files.

  5. 5

    Browse for the CSV file on your desktop (created and saved in Step 3). Select "Import Contacts" to import the contacts to your webmail.

  1. 1

    Log into your webmail. Select "Contacts."

  2. 2

    Select "Export" and choose whether to export the entirety of your contact list or select groups. Select "CSV (Outlook)" as the format and click "Export."

  3. 3

    Set a name for the file and a place to save it on your desktop. Select "OK" to export the file.

  4. 4

    Open Outlook. Select "File," "Import and Export." Select "Import From Another Program or File" and click "Next."

  5. 5

    Select "Comma Separated Value (Windows)" and click "Next." Browse for the CSV file and select "Next." Map the desired fields you wish to import and select "OK" to import your webmail contacts to Outlook.

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