It’s easy to create new contacts in Microsoft Outlook 2013 and, if you have the program open on your computer all day, it’s likely that you have a lot of important contact information there. if you are switching to a different email program, or if you simply want to have a backup of your Outlook 2013 contact information, then you might be looking for a way to export your contacts.
Our guide below is going to show you how to export Outlook 2013 contacts as a comma separated value (.csv) file. This file can then be opened and edited in Microsoft Excel, or any other program that is compatible with the .csv file type.
How to Export Contacts from Outlook 2013 to a CSV File
These steps are going to show you how to export a list of your contacts as a .csv file. You can then open that file in Excel or Notepad, or you can import it to a different email program. You also have an option to export your Outlook 2013 contacts as an Outlook (.pst) file instead.
Step 1: Open Outlook 2013.
Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
Step 3: Click the Open & Export button in the left column.
Step 4: Click the Import/Export button.
Step 5: Select the Export to a file option, then click the Next button.
Step 6: Select the Comma Separated Values option, then click the Next button.
Step 7: Scroll down and select the Contacts option, then click the Next button.
Step 8: Type a name for the exported contact list, then click the Browse button and select a location on your computer for the exported file. Click the Next button when you are finished.
Step 9: Click the Finish button to begin the export. This can take several minutes depending on the number of contacts you have in Outlook.
Once the export is complete you can open the file to view its contents.
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