Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Outlook Express are two
different programs with different capabilities, although both can send and
receive messages from the Internet. There are two ways to share contact
information between these two programs.
If, during Outlook Setup, you choose to
upgrade a program that uses the Windows Address Book, Setup will do a silent
conversion of the address entries to the Contact format used by
If you choose not to convert during Setup, you can convert
at a later time by using the "Import and Export Wizard." Outlook provides a tool
to assist you in converting Windows Address Book information.
The Windows Address Book is used by the following products:
- Microsoft Internet Mail and News
- Microsoft Outlook Express
- Microsoft Outlook 98 and Microsoft Outlook 2000 Internet Mail Only (IMO
Outlook Express is an email client from Microsoft that shipped with Windows XP and Windows 2000. For Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, you may want to install Windows Live Mail instead. Refer to this Microsoft Web site for more information:Trying to download Outlook Express? Try Windows Live Mail instead
You can store Address information in your Windows Address
Book and import Windows Address Book data to Outlook.
How to use the Outlook "Import and Export Wizard"
In Outlook, you can use the Import and Export Wizard as the
interface for Address Book conversion. To convert a
Windows Address Book file, follow these steps:
- Start Outlook.
- On the File menu, click Import and Export.
- Click Import Internet Mail and Addresses,
and then click Next.
- Click Outlook Express 4.x, 5 on the list.
Note In Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, the option is Outlook Express 4.x, 5.x, 6.x. In Outlook 2007, the option is
Outlook Express 4.x, 5.x, 6.x or Windows Mail,
- Select any combination of the Mail or Addresses from the
items that are listed.
Note With the exception of rules conversion from Outlook Express, the
steps to convert addresses are the same.
- Click Next.
If you are using Outlook 2003 or Outlook 2007, go to step 8.
- Select a destination for the imported address
- Select the appropriate duplicate items option, and then
This procedure does not import contacts that are contained in
subfolders in the Windows Address Book.
How to drag address information to Outlook
It is possible to drag individual or groups of Windows Address Book entries to
Outlook. To do this, follow these steps:
- On the Start menu, point to Find, and then click Files And Folders.
- In the Open box, type .wab, and then click OK.
- Double-click the Windows Address Book file from which you want to move
- Start Outlook if it is not already running.
- Resize Outlook so that the Windows Address Book and Outlook are visible next
to each other on the screen. Verify that the Outlook Contacts folder is visible
in the resized Outlook window.
- Select an entry from the Windows Address Book. Drag it to the Contacts
folder. A new Outlook Contact form is created with the information from the Windows Address Book
entry. Click Save and close.
You can press SHIFT and select contiguous groups of entries, or press
CTRL and select non-contiguous entries. You may want to do this for selected
contacts or small groups.
Article ID: 286116 - Last Review: 20 September 2011 - Revision: 5.0
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