How to Export an Address Book in Microsoft Outlook

by Austin Everage
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Microsoft Outlook is an information management application for personal and business communication and networking. Microsoft Outlook offers advanced email organization, contact management, an integrated calender scheduler and task management tools. Microsoft Outlook is a stand-alone application, compatible with other Microsoft Office applications such as Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Exchange. Address books in Microsoft Office can be exported and saved as a CSV (Comma Separated Values) file for backup storage or to be imported into another Microsoft application.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Outlook, and log in to the account that contains the address book you wish to export. Access the "File" menu to select "Import and Export" to open the Import and Export wizard.

Step 2

Select "Export to a File," and click the "Next" button. Choose "Comma Separated Values (Windows)" from the "File Type" list, and click the "Next" button.

Step 3

Select the "Contacts" folder from the "Export to a File" dialog window, and click the "Next" button. Type a name for the address book file into the "Save Exported File As" input field, and click the "Next" button.

Verify the "Following Actions Will Be Performed" displays "Export Contacts From Folder: Contacts," and click the "Finish" button to export the Microsoft Outlook address book file.


  • If you have multiple Microsoft Outlook accounts, you must repeat this process while logged in to each individual account to save their corresponding address books.


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Austin Everage has been writing computer- and business-related articles since 2007. His work has been published on various instructional format websites. He is a communications marketing expert for a corporation involved with several blood donor centers. Everage is pursuing a bachelor's degree in human-resource management from Ashford University.

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