How to Use Your Outlook.com Contacts on Another Computer

Save your address book as a file that you can transfer to other devices

Close up of an address book and pen.

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There may be times when you want to use your Outlook.com address book entries on another computer or share the information with someone else. In these cases, export your contact list to a shareable file, then import it to another computer or send it through email or a file-sharing site.

Instructions in this article apply to Outlook.com and Outlook Online.

Export the Address Book to a CSV File

To use your contacts list on another computer or share it with another person, export the address book entries to a CSV file, a format that most email clients support. Then, import the file to another computer, and use your Outlook.com contacts there.

The screenshots in this article use the classic Outlook.com interface. The new Outlook.com interface looks slightly different but the process works the same way.

  1. Go to Outlook.com and select People.

    People icon in Office 365 on the Web
  2. Select the All contacts check box.

    All Contacts checkbox in Outlook
  3. Select Manage.

    Manage tab in Outlook on the web
  4. Select Export Contacts.

    Export contacts menu item in Outlook on the web
  5. Select Export.

    Export button in Outlook on the web
  6. A contacts.csv file downloads, with a message at the bottom of the browser window.

  7. On your desktop, browse to the Downloads folder. Save the contacts.csv file to a folder from which you can retrieve it later, or to a flash drive if you plan to move the file physically.

Use the Address Book File on a Different Computer

To import your Outlook.com address book to a different email client or to a different Outlook.com email account:

  1. Insert the flash drive that contains the address book file into the computer, or retrieve it from an email or file-sharing site.

  2. Open Outlook.com.

  3. Select People > Manage > Import contacts.

    Import contacts menu item in Outlook on the web
  4. Select Browse.

    Browse button in Outlook Import contacts dialog
  5. Choose the contacts.csv file, then select Open.

    Open button for contacts.csv file in Outlook on the web
  6. Select either Upload or Import.

    Upload button for contacts import in Outlook
  7. A confirmation message appears that says the address book was imported correctly.

    Import successful message in Outlook on the web