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How to Import Outlook Contacts Into Outlook.com

Until just a few years ago, the PC was the only computer that we used to store contact information about other people and to communicate and collaborate with them. But with the recent rapid advances in handheld devices, we increasingly find ourselves needing to stay in touch while on the go. This multi-device paradigm is forcing many people to rethink the way they store their contact information, moving from local repositories to cloud storage solutions. Fortunately, there is no shortage of free and paid cloud service providers that will ensure your data is with you regardless of the device that you’re currently using. Continue reading to find out how to make the transition of exporting your Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2013 contacts and storing them online at outlook.com.

What you’ll need:

  • A PC running Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2013 that has your contacts inside.
  • An outlook.com, live.com or a Microsoft account – free to create.

Let’s begin:

1. Launch Outlook 2013

1. Open Outlook.

2. Click File

2. Click on File.

3. Import:Export


3. Choose Open & Export followed by Import/Export.

4. Export to a File

4. In the window that appears, choose Export to a file and click Next.

5. Comma Separated Values

5. Choose Comma Separated Values and press Next again.

6. Select Contacts

6. From the list, select Contacts

7. Export Contacts

7. Choose where to save the file and press Next. On the next screen press Finish to close the wizard.

8. Go to Outlook

8. Launch your web browser of choice and go to outlook.com and sign in with your Microsoft, Live or outlook.com account. If you don’t have any of those, create one by clicking on the Sign Up Now link beneath the username and password fields.

9. Open the menu

9. Click on the menu in the top left corner of the page.

10. Select People

10. From the list that appears, choose People.

11. Import Contacts

11. In the People section, press the Start Import button followed by Other.

12. Choose the Contacts database

12. Select the file you created in Step 7 and press Upload. After the process completes, you’ll be presented with a list of the people that will be added. Verify that everything is in order and select Import.

13. Press OK

13. When the process completes, press OK to dismiss the notification. You may optionally press Clean up contacts and let Outlook.com make recommendations to merge or remove contact entries with similar or identical information.

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