How to import export & add email contacts

To copy your contacts from an email account, you need to create a simple file (a little bit like an Excel file) called a Comma Separated Value (CSV) file. Your email account can do this for you quickly and easily. You then import this same file into a new email account to populate its Contacts list.

Windows Live Mail

Export contacts in Windows Live Mail

To export contacts manually from Windows Live Mail, for example, open the program, click Contacts, then Export. Select Comma Separated Values (.CSV) and save the file.

Import contacts in Windows Live Mail

To import contacts, follow the same steps, but Import the file.

Webmail accounts

Export contacts in webmail accounts

The process is similar across most webmail accounts, such as Gmail or Outlook.com.

In Outlook.com, go to People, then click Manage (at the top of the page).

If you’re exporting a contacts list that you intend to import into another webmail account (for instance, if you’re moving to Gmail)or for Windows Live Mail, click Export for Outlook.com and other services.

If you’re exporting a contacts list that you intend to import into the Outlook email program on your computer, click Export for Outlook 2010 and 2013.

Import contacts in webmail accounts

The process is similar across most webmail accounts, such as Gmail or Outlook.com.

In Outlook.com, go to People, click Start import (listed under Import Contacts), then either choose the appropriate service you’re importing from, or select Other and locate the CSV file you’d earlier created.

Click Choose file, locate your .CSV file, then click Upload.

Add contacts to your email account

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