How to Save the Contacts List in Microsoft Outlook

By Suvro Banerji

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Microsoft Outlook provides you with the option to save your contacts list. You may find this important if you plan on switching to a new computer or a different email client. It is also a good idea to save your contacts for backup purposes (in a secured location such as an external drive or a CD).

Step 1

Launch Microsoft Outlook.

Step 2

Click on "File" and select "Import and Export." Select "Export to a file" and hit "Next."

Step 3

Select "Personal folder file" in the list of options and hit "Next."

Step 4

Click on "Contacts." If you have sub-folders under "Contacts" which you want to save as well, make sure to check the box titled "Include sub-folders."

Step 5

Hit "Browse" under "Save imported file as..." and select a location where you want to save your contacts. If you wish to save the contacts on an external drive, locate its drive letter under "Devices with removable storage" in "My Computer" (for XP users) or "Computer" (for Vista and Windows 7 users).

Step 6

Hit "Finish" to save your Contacts list.

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