Transfer Outlook Contacts


Dear Computer Lady,

I have a problem and hope you can help me.  I have over 700 contacts in the Microsoft outlook in my old computer and it is getting slow so I have just got a new computer and would like to transfer all these contacts to the new one without having to type them over again but I don’t know how to do it.  I’d appreciated very much if you could help me on this.

Warmest regards, Kim



Dear Kim,

What you need to do, is first export the contacts from your old Outlook and then import it to your new Outlook.

First, to export:

In the Outlook window, click on “File” and then “Import & Export”.

In the import & export wizard window, click “Export to a File” and then click on “Next”.

For the type of file you want to export to, chose “Comma Separated Values” and click Next.

You will see a list of your Outlook folders, chose your contacts folder and click “Next”.

The next window prompts you to enter a file name and location to save the file to. Click the “Browse” button to select a folder. “My Documents” is a great place to save it. Now type a name for your file. I always name it addbk. Click “Next”, and then “Finish”.

Once the export has run, go and check your “My Documents” folder to see if the file is there. It should be named “addbk.csv” and will probably be small enough to fit on a floppy.


Transfer the file to your new computer, and follow these directions to import the addresses.

In the Outlook window, click on “File” and then “Import & Export”.

In the import & export wizard window, click “Import from another program or file” and then click on “Next”.

For the file type, chose “comma separated values” and click “Next”. 

Click the Browse button and find the file you exported.

Now, you need to select the folder you want to import to, this would be your contacts folder.

Click “Next” and then “Finish”. Wait while the computer runs the import, and you will have your contacts in your new computer.


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