How to Export Skype Contacts

Written by michael carroll
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Skype maintains a single list of all of your contacts. This includes other Skype users as well as telephone numbers of people you've chosen to store if you use SkypeOut to make telephone calls. If you start using a new e-mail or instant-messaging program or any other system that stores contact lists, you may want to migrate your Skype contact list over to the new program. Skype has a feature to facilitate this and will export your contacts using the common vCard format. Skype also offers a convenient way to send your Skype contacts to other Skype users. These features eliminate the need for retyping names, phone numbers and Skype usernames.

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    Export Contacts to a File

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    Click the "Contacts" menu at the top of the Skype window.

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    Click to choose the "Advanced" sub-menu, then click "Backup Contacts to File." A dialogue window appears.

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    Type a name for your contacts file into the "File name" field, choose a location to store the file, then click "Save." Your contacts, both Skype users and stored telephone contacts, are all saved in the file in the vCard format. Many programs, such as Gmail and Microsoft Outlook, can import vCard files. You can also import this file back into Skype using the "Restore Contacts from File" command if, for example, you start a new Skype account or accidentally delete some contacts.

    Send Contacts to Skype Users

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    Right-click a Skype contact in your contacts list and choose "Send Contacts" to offer some or all of your contacts to that Skype user. A new window appears.

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    Click the names of the contacts you want to send. You can send both Skype and telephone contacts. Each is checked as you click it and appears in the list at the top of the window. You can un-check names to remove them from the list.

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    Click "Send," and the contacts will be made available to the recipient, who can then add them immediately to his Skype contact list.

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