How do I move my Outlook folders to a new computer from an old computer ?

Question

How do you update outlook from your desktop to laptop including emails, address book favorites etc

Answer

This question was answered on February 15, 2007. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

In order to update your new computer with your Outlook emails, address book, and favorites from you desktop computer, you need to locate the folders containing this information on your desktop computer Once you locate this folder, you can copy them to the your new computer, and then import them.

The easiest way to locate Outlook email stored is to ask Outlook Load Outlook, and then go to Tools, Options, and on the Maintenance tab there's abutton labeled Store Folder Click that, and it will tell you the folder containing your email folder.Copy the entire contents of that directory to a floppy, CD-ROM or share on your network.

The address book we handle a little differently Open up the address book by pressing Ctrl Shift B in Outlook In the address book, select File, Export, and click on Address Book (WAB) You can now select a location and file name for your address book to be placed Again, you can copy it to floppy, CD-ROM or to a share on your network.

Once these files are copied to the new machine, load Outlook and you can reverse the process.S elect File, Import, Messages, choose Microsoft Outlook and press Next Select Import mail from an Outlook store directory and press Next Now on the next screen browse to the location that you've placed the message store we saved from your old machine Import and your messages should now be transferred.

Note: if you've copied your mail folders to a CD-R, you'll need to first copy them to your local hard disk, and then uncheck them from being read-only before you import Outlook will not open read-only folders.

The process for the address book is similar Click File, Import, Address Book, select the address book we exported above, and import.

Finally, you'll want to configure your email accounts in Outlook Express to access your email account from your Internet Service Provider.

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Posted by Ryan of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on February 15, 2007