Import Outlook Express Address Book into Windows Live Mail

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  1. Get all your contacts from Outlook Express to Outlook Online
  2. Check your Outlook Express contacts
  3. Import Outlook Express Address Book into Windows Live Mail

Get all your contacts from Outlook Express to Outlook Online

All the mail and the lack of contacts makes Windows Live Mail a boring place.

If you’ve built a significant address book in the desktop version of Outlook Express, it’s very easy to migrate to Microsoft’s cloud-based email solution and migrate those addresses to Windows Live Mail.

Windows Live Mail is the former name for what is now Outlook Online. This article uses Windows Live Mail and Outlook Online interchangeably. In either case, outlook.live.com is the website to access this cloud-based email account.

Check your Outlook Express contacts

To import contacts from Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail:

Before you begin, check the number of contacts you currently have in Outlook Express. To do this, in the main window select directory In chapter Find menu ribbons.

View your contacts and write down how many there are.

Import Outlook Express Address Book into Windows Live Mail

You are now ready to transfer your Outlook Express contacts to Outlook Online.

  1. First you need to export contacts from Outlook Express as a CSV file. Select in Outlook File and select Open and Export † Select Import/Export from the list.

  2. In the Import and Export Wizard, select: Export to file and then select Further

  3. Select Comma separated values select Further † Select Contacts from the list, then select Further

  4. Name the file and select Further and then Finished to save the file.

    Note the file path when you enter the file so that you know where to find the file after you export it.

  5. Go to Outlook Online and select the apps icon in the top left corner. Then select the icon People from the list.

  6. Select Check from the menu and select Import contacts in the drop-down list.

  7. In the Import Contacts window, navigate to the CSV file that you exported in step 4. Select Import to start the import process.

  8. Once the CSV contact file is fully imported, you will see your Outlook Express contacts appear in your Outlook Online contact list.

If you use Windows Live Mail (Outlook Online) with a Windows Live account (for example, to access Windows Live Hotmail), imported contacts are also added to other Windows Online accounts or apps you may use.

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