How to export emails from Microsoft Outlook on a PC or Mac computer so that you can import them to a different account

JKstock/Shutterstock.comYou can easily export emails from Outlook on a PC or Mac computer.
  • If you want to export emails from Outlook, you can use the app’s “Import and Export Wizard.”
  • Outlook stores email, attachments, calendar events, and contacts in a file which you can copy, move, and reimport into Outlook or export to another account.
  • You can only export emails from a single Outlook account at once.
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You can use Outlook to export all the email, email attachments, calendar appointments, and contacts associated with a particular email account.

When you export your mail from Outlook, it will be loaded into either a .PST or .OLM file, which can then be sent to any other computer, and loaded into another copy of Outlook.

No matter which version of Outlook you have, the export process might take a while, especially if it’s a large account with a lot of email.

When it’s done, you can import the file into another copy of Outlook to set up email on a new computer, or into a different account in Outlook to merge email, contacts, and calendar events from different accounts into one.

Here’s how to export emails from your Outlook account, using the apps for both Mac and PC.

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How to export emails from Outlook on a PC

1. In Outlook, click “File.”

2. In the side pane, click “Open & Export.”

How to export emails from Outlook 1Dave Johnson/Business InsiderYou can find the export controls by clicking the ‘File’ menu.

3. Click “Import/Export.”

4. In the Import and Export Wizard dialog box, click “Export to a file” and then click “Next.”

5. Click “Outlook Data File (.pst)” and click “Next.”

6. Click the email account that you want to export. Since Outlook will only export what you select, be sure you choose the name of the email account – not a subfolder within the account – and check “Include subfolders.” Then click “Next.”

How to export emails from Outlook 2Dave Johnson/Business InsiderChoose the email account that you want to export to a .PST file.

7. Specify where you want to save the .PST file. Usually, you’ll want to choose “Replace duplicates with items exported.” If this is the first time you’re exporting the email account, or if this is a new export file, there won’t be any duplicates to worry about.

8. Click “Finish.”

This .PST file can then be sent to any computer, and loaded into that computer’s version of Outlook.

If you have an older version of Outlook, the steps to find the Export Wizard dialog box might be somewhat different. After clicking “File,” you might need to choose “Options,” followed by “Advanced,” and then find the wizard by clicking the “Export” button.

How to export emails from Outlook on a Mac

While exporting emails from Outlook on your PC will give you a.PST file, which can be used anywhere, Outlook on Mac is a bit more restrictive.

Exporting emails from Outlook for Mac will give you a .OLM file, which can only be used on other Mac computers.

1. Open Outlook and log into the account that you want to export data from.

2. Click “File” in the menu bar at the top of the screen, and then select “Export.”

How to export emails from Outlook 3William Antonelli/Business InsiderYou’ll find separate ‘Import’ and ‘Export’ options in this menu.

3. Pick all the content you want to export – you can select emails, calendar events, contacts, tasks, and notes – and then click “Continue.”

How to export emails from Outlook 4William Antonelli/Business InsiderYou can pick what you want to put into the .OLM file.

4. Select where you want to save the file, and what it should be called.

5. Click “Save.”

Outlook will then take a few minutes to create your file, and save it onto your computer.

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