Importing Items into Outlook Express

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You can easily import items from other programs, like other mail clients and address book data, into Microsoft Outlook Express. These items include:

  • Address books. From Microsoft products and other products, such as Netscape Communicator and Eudora. You can also import address book data that uses the comma separated values (CSV) format.
  • Messages from other e-mail programs. Including Netscape and Eudora. You can also import messages from many Microsoft products, such as Outlook or older versions of Outlook Express.
  • E-mail account settings. From an existing e-mail account. When you import your e-mail account settings, your Outlook Express account will have many, if not all, of the customization and information details from your previous account.
  • Newsgroup account settings. From an existing e-mail account. When you import your newsgroup account settings into Outlook Express, your subscription records and other data, such as which messages you've seen, are placed into your Outlook Express newsgroup account.

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Import Address Books

You can import address book contacts from other Microsoft Windows Address Book files (.wab), as well as from Netscape Communicator, Microsoft Exchange Personal Address Book, or any text (.csv) file.

For Windows Address Book

  1. On the File menu, point to Import, and then click Address Book.
  2. Click the address book or file type you want to import, and then click Open.

For All Other Address Book Formats

  1. On the File menu, point to Import, and then click Other Address Book.
  2. Click the address book or file type you want to import, and then click Open
If your address book is not listed, you can export it to either a text (.csv) file or a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) or Lightweight Directory Interchange Format (LDIF) file, and then import it using that file type.

Import Messages from Other E-Mail Programs


Using the Outlook Express Import Wizard, you can easily import e-mail messages from a variety of popular Internet e-mail programs, such as Netscape Communicator and Eudora, as well as from Exchange Server and Outlook.
  1. On the File menu, point to Import, and then click Messages.
  2. Select the e-mail program you want to import messages from, and then click Next.
  3. Verify the location of your messages, and then click Next.
  4. Choose All folders to import all the messages, and then click Next. You can also choose Selected Folders to import messages from one or more folders.
  5. Click Finish.

Note: If you are unsure which e-mail program and version you want to import messages from, start the e-mail program. On the Help menu, select About and check the information for program and version.

Import E-Mail Account Settings

  1. On the File menu, point to Import, and then click Mail Account Settings.
  2. Select the e-mail client you want to import and click Next.
  3. The settings for the e-mail account will appear. To accept these settings, select Accept Settings, and then click Next. Go to step 5.
  4. To change any of the settings, select Change Settings, and then click Next. Use the Internet Connection Wizard to step through the settings for the e-mail account. Make any changes you want and click Next.
  5. On the Completion page, click Finish.
  6. To see the account information, on the Tools menu, click Accounts.

Import Newsgroup Account Settings

  1. On the File menu, point to Import, and then click News Account Settings.
  2. Select the newsgroup account you want to import and click Next.
  3. The settings for the newsgroup account will appear. To accept these settings, select Accept Settings, and then click Next. Go to step 5.
  4. To change any of the settings, select Change Settings, and then click Next. Use the Internet Connection Wizard to step through the settings for the newsgroup account. Make any changes you want and click Next.
  5. On the Completion page, click Finish.
  6. To see the account information, on the Tools menu, click Accounts.

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Article ID: 2398794 - Last Review: August 31, 2010 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Outlook Express 5.5
  • Microsoft Outlook Express 6.0
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