How to Export or Import Outlook 2007, 2010, or 2013 Contacts into .PST Format

The preferred method for moving contacts between different versions of Outlook is by using .PST (shorthand for “personal storage table,” “personal folder file” or “Outlook data file”) files, since you can transfer the contacts, plus photos and distribution lists.

Transferring your Outlook contacts is a two-step process:

  • Export you contacts to a .PST file.
  • Import the .PST file into the new program.

Here’s how to export and import your contacts for Outlook 2007, 2010, and 2013.

Export your Contacts: Outlook 2007

1. From the File menu, click Import and Export.

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2. When the “Import and Export Wizard” panel opens, select “Export to a file” and click the Next button.

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3. The “Export to a File” panel will open. Select “Personal Folder File (.pst)” and click Next.

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4. From the folder list, select the “Contacts” folder, and then click Next.

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5. Select your desktop or some other easily accessible location to save your .PST file.

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6. Click the Finish button.

Export your Contacts: Outlook 2010

1. From the “File” tab, select Options.

2. Click Advanced, scroll down to the “Export” section and click Export.

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3. The “Import and Export Wizard” panel will open. Click Export to a file and then click Next.

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4. Select “Outlook Data File (.pst)” and then click Next.

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5. Under “Select folder to export from,” select the contact folder that you want to export and then click Next.

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6. Select your desktop or some other easily accessible location to save your .PST file.

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7. Click Finish.

Export your Contacts: Outlook 2013

1. Click “File” and select Open & Export.

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2. Click Import/Export.

3. The “Import and Export Wizard,” panel will open. Select “Export to a file” and then click Next.

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4. Select “Outlook Data File (.pst)” and then click Next.

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5. The “Export Outlook Data File” panel will open. Under “Select folder to export from,” select the contact folder that you want to export. Click Next.

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6. Select your desktop or some other easily accessible location to save your .PST file.

7. Click the Finish button.

Import your contacts: Outlook 2007:

1. From the “File” menu, click Import and Export.

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2. The “Import and Export Wizard” panel will open. Select “Import from another program or file” and click the Next button.

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3. The “Import a File” panel will open. Select “Personal Folder File (.pst)” and click Next.

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4. The “Import a File” panel will open. Browse to the location where you saved the exported .PST file.

There are three check boxes beneath the browse button. What you select here will be based on your needs. If your contacts list is currently empty it does not matter which check box you select. Click Next.

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5. Choose the “Contacts” folder as the destination. Click Next.

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6. Click Finish.

Import your Contacts: Outlook 2010

1. Click the “File” tab, select Open from the left-hand menu, and click Import.

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2. The “Import and Export Wizard” panel will open. Select “Import from another file or program” and click Next.

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3. Select “Outlook Data File (.PST)” and click Next.

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4. The “Import Outlook Date File” panel will open. Browse to the location where you saved the exported .PST file.

There are three check boxes beneath the browse button. What you select here will be based on your needs. If your contacts list is currently empty it does not matter which check box you select. Click Next.

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5. Select the “Contacts” folder as the destination. Click Next.

6. Click Finish.

Import your Contacts: Outlook 2013

1. Click “File,” select Open, and click Import/Export.

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2. The “Import and Export Wizard” panel will open. Select “Import from another file or program” and click Next.

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3. The “Import a File” panel will open. Select “Outlook Data File (.pst)” and click Next.

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4. The “Import Outlook Date File” panel will open. Browse to the location where you saved the exported .PST file.

There are three check boxes beneath the browse button. What you select here will be based on your needs. If your contacts list is currently empty it does not matter which check box you select.

Click Next.

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5. Select the “Contacts” folder as the destination. Click Next.

6. Click Finish.

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