How To Export Contacts From Outlook?


Exporting of contacts is a practice that is not widely used and to be fair isn’t quite known. exporting contacts is referred to a process in which contacts are copied to another location. Technically speaking  you copy (export) contacts from one place to another (import to another place). One might question the need for such a task . The most important prospect of exporting contacts is the availability of data to other resources and most importantly the securing of the said data .

Exporting might just seem like a tedious task from its definition; it is to be fair a very easy and a quick process. Let’s look at the process of exporting contacts and the places you can do it to.


 If you are looking for the above mentioned problem, then kindly follow the following steps-

  • Open your outlook application.
  • Select the option of “Open & export” followed by “import/export”.
  • Now, select the option “export to a file”.
  • Select the “comma separated values” option.
  • Now you will have the option”select folder to export from” which means what data you want to export in our case contacts therefore choose the “contacts” folder.
  • Click on next, select browse and give your file a name.
  • Press OK.
  • Select the location where you want to save your file, then tap next.
  • Tap “finish” the dialog box box of import and export would start to disappear suggesting the completion of the process.
  • Exit and open the .csv file from the location you mentioned above.
  • Kindly cross check the data through MS-EXCE:l, this data can also be changed by you in MS-EXCEl itself.

Now that you have exported your contacts to a .csv file on your device, you can import it to another outlook application on a different device or to any other email client.


It could be possible that you are not using the Outlook application but a web browser. The steps for exporting your contacts when using Outlook on a web browser are as following-

  • Login in to your Outlook account.
  • Scroll down till the end of the page,look for the “people” icon.
  • Tap on the people “icon” to head over to the “people” page.
  • In the search bar you’ll find an option “manage” click on it.
  • Click on “export contacts”.
  • Now you are according to your wish export all the contacts from your outlook account or any specific ones.
  • After you have made your selection for the contacts to be exported, select the option “export”.
  • Click the option “save” from the right side of the page to save the .csv to the downloads folder. If you want to change the location of the file click on the “save as” option and then select the location.


Are you worried about how to shift your contacts from outlook to excel ? The following steps are just the solution you are looking for-

  • Firstly, open your Outlook application.
  • From the top left corner click on “file”.
  • Following that, tap on “open & export”.
  • You will notice the “import & export wizard opening”.
  • From the option given select “export to a file” below the heading “choose an action to perform”.
  • Hit “next”.
  • An “export to a file” wizard would open.
  • Now you’ll be asked what kind of a file you want to create “create a file type of” from the options select “comma separated values” (.csv) , then select “next”.
  • Now select the folders you want to export (note if you select a parent folder no subfolder would be exported).
  • Select “next” once you decide upon and select the folder(s).
  • Look for the heading that says “save exported file as” click on it.
  • Now select the location by “browse” option for where you want to save your file, click “next”.
  • You can now see the process of exporting by default all the contacts you have selected would be exported but if you still want to make any changes tap on “map custom field” to make any changes.
  • Finally tap “finish” and the process will be committed. It is to be taken care that this whole process might take some time, it is advised not to cancel it in between the process.


Exporting contacts from a mac computer is the easiest of the procedures mentioned. Kindly have a look if you are looking for a solution for the said problem-

  • Open the outlook application on your mac device.
  • Tap on the “tools” menu.
  • Look for the option “export”.
  • From the options provided select “contacts”.
  • Now simply provide the name for the file which would contain the contacts.
  • Select the location where you want to save the file.


If you are looking for a way to export your contacts from Outlook to gmail then follow the steps mentioned-

  • Open your Outlook application.
  • From the “file” in the top left corner, select “options”.
  • Click on “advanced”.
  • From the “export” section select the “export” button.
  • Select the option “export to a file” from the “import and export wizard”.
  • Click on “next”.
  • Now you’ll be asked how you want to export the contacts, select “comma separated value” (.csv) and hit “next”.
  • Now select the “contact” folder(s) you wish to export from the list provided .
  • Tap “next”.
  • Browse the location of your computer where you want to save the file.
  • Name the file tap “next”.
  • Now click “finish”.

 Now to import it to gmail:

  •  Sign in to “google contacts”.
  • Now tap on “more”.
  • Select the option “import”.
  • Tap “browse” under the “import contacts” selection.
  • Browse to the location you save the earlier file which you exported, select the file and tap “ok”.
  • Click on “import”.

You have now successfully exported your contacts from outlook application to gmail.


You have successfully exported your outlook contacts to your desired application, you can  now rest assured about the safety of your contacts. It is possible that you still might have a doubt regarding the procedure or might need help in that case feel free to contact our team of experts at “outlook support” who would be very keen to help you and provide a solution.

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