How to Export Emails From Outlook

Save messages to your hard drive, Gmail or even Excel

Export Outlook emails

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Whether you are migrating to a different email app or service, you have upgraded to a new computer, you want a searchable, printable collection of email messages or you simply want to make sure you don’t lose important emails if something should happen to your software or your system, you can download email messages. 

These instructions apply to Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010, and Outlook for Mac

Guide to Exporting Emails From Outlook

Once you export Outlook emails, you can save the file to an external hard drive or back them up to another email application. The steps you take depend on which version of Outlook you want to export emails from and what you want to do with the file when you are finished.

Export Emails to a PST File

An Outlook 2016, 2013 or 2010 .pst file is a personal storage file containing items such as your emails, address book, signatures and more. You can back up a .pst file and transfer it to Outlook on another computer, another version of Outlook or another operating system.

  1. Open Outlook and select the File tab. 

  2. Click Account Settings and then select Account Settings.

    Screenshot of Account Settings
  3. Go to the Data tab or the Data Files tab, click the file name or account name and then click Open Folder Location or Open File Location.

    Screenshot of Data Files tab
  4. Copy the .pst to any location on your computer or any removable storage media, such as a flash drive.

Export Emails to an OLM File

In Outlook for Mac, you can export an email account's messages as an .olm file, which is also a storage file that contains items such as emails, contacts and calendar items.

Outlook 2016 for Mac

  1. Go to the Tools tab and select Export.

  2. Choose Mail in the Export to Archive File (.olm) box and click Continue.

    Screenshot of Export to Archive File
  3. Choose Downloads in the Save As box and click Save. Outlook will begin exporting.

  4. Click Finish to exit when the Export Complete message appears.

Outlook 2011 for Mac

  1. Go to the File menu and click Export.

  2. Select Outlook for Mac Data File.

    Screenshot of Export dialog
  3. Click Items of the Following Types and select the Mail check box.

  4. Click the right arrow to continue.

  5. Choose the location where you want to save the file. Outlook will begin exporting.

    Screenshot of Save Data File
  6. Click Finish or Done to exit when the Export Complete message appears.

Export and Backup Emails from Outlook to Gmail

You can export your email messages from Outlook to your Gmail account, providing a source of backup as well as the option to access your old emails from any location. The trick is to add your Gmail account to Outlook and then copy and paste the folders. 

Set up your Gmail account in Outlook (you can find detailed instructions here).

Open the folder containing the email messages you want to export to Gmail, such as your inbox or saved emails. 

Press Ctrl-A to select all the emails in the folder or press and hold the Ctrl button and click on each individual email you want to send to Gmail.

Right-click anywhere on the selected email messages, point to Move and select Other Folder.

Navigate to your Gmail account in the Move Items dialog box and click on the folder to which you want to export your emails. Alternatively, click New to create a new folder in your Gmail account. 

Click OK to move the selected emails.

Export Outlook Emails to Microsoft Excel

Another way to export Outlook emails is to send them to an Excel worksheet. Doing so will create a spreadsheet with columns such as Subject, Body, From Email and more. While you can export your Outlook contacts to a CSV file in Outlook for Mac, this option is not available for email messages.

Outlook 2016 or 2013

  1. Click File and select Open & Export.

  2. Choose Import/Export.

    Screenshot of Open & Export Import/Export
  3. Click Export to a file and then click Next.  

    Screenshot of Export to a File
  4. Choose Microsoft Excel or Comma Separated Values and then click Next.

    Screenshot of Create a file of type
  5. Select the email folder from which you want to export messages and then click Next.

  6. Browse to the folder where you want to save the exported emails.

  7. Type a name for the exported file and click OK.

  8. Click Next and then click Finish

  9. When the process is complete, the new Excel file will be available for you to open.

Outlook 2010

  1. Select File and choose Open.

  2. Select Import to open the Import/Export Wizard.

    Screenshot of Import and Export Wizard
  3. Select Export to a File and then click Next.  

  4. Choose Microsoft Excel or Comma Separated Values and then click Next.

    Screenshot of Create a file of type
  5. Select the email folder from which you want to export messages and then click Next.

  6. Browse to the folder where you want to save the exported emails.

  7. Type a name for the exported file and click OK.

  8. Click Next and then click Finish

  9. When the process is complete, the new Excel file will be available for you to open.