How to Export Contacts From One Email Account to Another Yahoo Email Address

by Ken Burnside
Avoid rekeying thousands of contacts by exporting them to CSV.

Avoid rekeying thousands of contacts by exporting them to CSV.

Migrating between mail services can be tedious, especially when you're changing one email address to another. It could mean entering in all of your email contacts or asking everyone to email you at your new address, while hoping you don't miss anyone. Yahoo, Outlook and Gmail all allow you to export your existing email contacts to an intermediate file format called a Comma Separated Values file, which Yahoo Mail's Contacts Import tool can use.

Export Contacts From Outlook

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Click on the "File" tab and select "Options," then select "Advanced." A pane comes up.

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Click on the "Export" button.

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Select "Export to a File," then click "Next."

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Click on "Comma Separated Values" for the file type to be created.

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Select the folder of contacts you want to export, then click "Next." This brings up the "Save As" dialog box. Navigate to where you want to export the file, and type a name for the file.

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Click "OK," and then click "Next."

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Click "Finish."

Export Contacts From Gmail

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Log in to your Gmail account, then click "Gmail" at the top-left corner of the page. Select "Contacts."

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Click on the "More" button. Select "Export." A dialog window comes up, asking you which contacts to export and which export format to use. Select "Outlook CSV" format, which is used for importing into non-Gmail mail programs.

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Click "Export." The "Save As" dialog comes up. Pick the directory you want to save the file in, and click "Save."

Export Contacts From Yahoo Mail

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Log in to your Yahoo Mail account.

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Click "Options" in the upper-right corner of your Yahoo Mail page.

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Click "Mail Options."

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Click "Contacts" from the left menu. A new window opens on your screen.

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Click the "Contacts" tab and click the "Tools" button. Select "Export" from the drop-down list.

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Click "Export Now" next to "Yahoo CSV."

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Enter the security code and click "Export Now." The "File Download" dialog box opens on your screen.

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Click "Save" and choose a name and destination for the download. Click "Save" to download the file.

Import Email Contacts in to Yahoo

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Log in to your new Yahoo Mail account.

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Click "Options" in the upper-right corner of your Yahoo Mail page.

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Click "Mail Options."

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Click "Contacts" from the left menu. A new window opens on your screen.

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Click the "Contacts" tab and click "Import Contacts" from the Popular Tools section.

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Click "Others" from the list of email applications. If you have a pop-up blocker enabled, you might need to hold the "Ctrl" key to enable the pop-up.

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Check the "A Desktop Email Program" box and click the "Browse" button.

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Click the downloaded file containing your contacts and click "Open."

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Check the box at the bottom of the page to accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Click "Continue." Yahoo displays a list of your contacts from the file.

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Click "Import" to import the list to your new Yahoo account.

About the Author

Ken Burnside has been writing freelance since 1990, contributing to publications as diverse as "Pyramid" and "Training & Simulations Journal." A Microsoft MVP in Excel, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alaska. He won the Origins Award for Attack Vector: Tactical, a board game about space combat.

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