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How to export email messages from Windows Mail & Outlook Express into Outlook.

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Summary
Although Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Windows Mail, and Microsoft Outlook Express can send and receive email through the Internet, they are different programs with different capabilities. You cannot synchronize the information stored in these programs. If you have an email message that is stored in Windows Mail or in Outlook Express, that email message is not automatically available in Outlook. This article explains how to export the messages from Windows Mail and from Outlook Express into Outlook.  
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To export the messages from Outlook Express, follow these steps:
  1. On the File menu, point to Export, and then click Messages.
  2. Click OK in the following message:
     
    This will export messages from Outlook Express Mail to Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Exchange.
     
    Note: If Outlook is not open, select the profile that you want to receive the messages, and then click OK.
     
  3. Click to select either All or Selected Folders to export, and then click OK.
The folders and contents will appear in the Inbox of the selected profile in Outlook. The date and time of each message are the date and the time that you exported the messages from Outlook Express.

Important: Exporting Outlook Express mail to Outlook 2013 requires that Outlook 2013 be 32bit. For more information, please refer to: Issues moving Internet Mail and Addresses to Outlook 2013 (64 bit)
 

To export the messages from Windows Mail in Microsoft Windows Vista, follow these steps:
  1. On the File menu, point to Export, and then click Messages.
  2. In the Windows Mail Export Wizard, click Microsoft Exchange, and then click Next.
  3. Click OK in the following message:
     
    This will export messages from Windows Mail to Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Exchange
     
    Note: If Outlook is not open, select the profile that you want to receive the messages, and then click OK.
     
  4. To specify which files to export, click  All or Selected Folders, and then click OK.
  5. On the File menu, point to Export, and then click Messages.
The folders and contents will appear in the Inbox of the selected profile in Outlook. The date and time of each message are the date and the time that you exported the messages from Windows Mail.
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Article ID: 196347 - Last Review: 01/28/2013 20:31:00 - Revision: 5.0

Microsoft Outlook Express 6.0, Microsoft Outlook 2000 Standard Edition, Microsoft Outlook 2002 Standard Edition, Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, Windows Mail in Windows Vista, Microsoft Outlook 2013, Microsoft Outlook 2010, Microsoft Office Outlook 2007

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