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Windows Live Mail - Export and Import Contacts

How to Export and Import Contacts in Windows Live Mail
Published by Brink
01 Dec 2011
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How to Export and Import Contacts in Windows Live Mail

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This will show you how to export (backup) and import (restore) contacts in Windows Live Mail.





OPTION ONE
To Export (backup) Contacts from Windows Live Mail
1. Open Windows Live Mail, and open your Contacts. (see screenshot below)
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2. Do either step 3 or 4 below to export your contacts as comma separated values (.csv) or business card (.vcf) file(s).


3. To Export Contacts as Business card (.vcf) Files
A) Click on the Export ribbon button, and click on the Business card (.VCF) option. (see screenshot below)
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B) Navigate to and select where (ex: Desktop) you would like to export your contacts to, then click on the Make New Folder button. (see screenshot below)
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C) Select the New folder, and click on OK. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can rename the New folder anything you like though. I'm just using New folder as the name as an example.
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D) Your contacts have all been each exported as a .VCF file in the New folder.

E) Go to step 5.
4. To Export Contacts as a Comma separated values (.csv) File
A) Click on the Export ribbon button, and click on the Comma separated values (.CSV) option. (see screenshot below)
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B) Click on Browse. (see screenshot below)
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C) Navigate to where (ex: Desktop) you would like to export your contacts to, type in a name (ex: WLM-Contacts) you would like for the .csv file, and click on Save. (see screenshot below)
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D) Click on Next. (see screenshot below)
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E) If allowed, you can check and uncheck any of the fields you want or do not want to be included on the contacts exported, then click on Finish. (see screenshot below)
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F) Your contacts have all been exported as a single .CSV file.

F) Go to step 5.
5. Save the exported .csv file or "new folder" with .vcf files where you like to keep them stored at as your backup.



OPTION TWO
To Import (restore) Contacts to Windows Live Mail


NOTE: You would have needed to already exported your contacts using OPTION ONE above before you will be able to import them.
1. Open Windows Live Mail, and open your Contacts. (see screenshot below)
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2. Do either step 3 or 4 below to import your contacts from an exported comma separated values (.csv) or business card (.vcf) file(s) from OPTION ONE above.


3. To Import Contact(s) from a Business card (.vcf) File(s)
A) Click on the Import ribbon button, and click on the Business card (.VCF) option. (see screenshot below)
Windows Live Mail - Export and Import Contacts-import-1.jpg
B) Navigate to where you saved the New folder with exported .vcf files from step 3 in OPTION ONE above, and select and open the New folder. (see screenshot below)
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C) Select one, or more, or all of the contacts (.vcf files) that you would like to import, then click on Open. (see screenshot below)

Tip   Tip
To select one or more random .vcf files, you could press and hold the CTRL key and select (left click on) random .vcf files, then release the CTRL key when finished.

To select all .vcf files within two selected .vcf files included the two selected .vcf files, you would press and hold the Shift key, select the first .vcf file, select the second .vcf file, then release the Shift key.

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D) Go to step 5.
4. To Import Contacts from a Comma separated values (.csv) File
A) Click on the Import ribbon button, and click on the Comma separated values (.CSV) option. (see screenshot below)
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B) Click on Browse. (see screenshot below)
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C) Navigate to where you saved the exported .csv file from step 4 in OPTION ONE above, and click on Open. (see screenshot below)
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D) Click on Next. (see screenshot below)
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E) If you would like to add or remove any of the fields to be included when importing the contacts, then double click on any listed field and check (add) or uncheck (remove) the Import this field box, and click on OK. (see screenshots below)
NOTE: Repeat this step for any field you would like to add (check) or remove (uncheck).
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F) When finished, click on the Finish button. (see left screenshot above)

G) Go to step 5.
5. Your contacts have been imported into Windows Live Mail.
That's it,
Shawn




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11 May 2013   #1
Sammy888

Windows 7
 
 

Hmm. I go through all the motions and the download seems successful but my contacts do not show up at all (.csv)

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11 May 2013   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Sammy,

The critical part is to export and import it from your desktop to avoid permission issues.

How does doing it with a .vsf file work for you?
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13 May 2013   #3
Sammy888

Windows 7
 
 

Unfortunately, not even the .vcf approach worked. I tried them all and copied the files to my desktop. Nada.

Oh well.
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13 May 2013   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Odd. Are you doing this from WLM to WLM?
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