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  1. #1


    Posts : 511
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    Outlook.com address list


    I created an outlook.com e-mail account. I exported my address book from Windows live as a .csv file. I imported it from Outlook.com. Everything went OK and said successful. My problem is I can't find it. When I create an e-mail message and click on To, the only address there is mine. When I click on People from the drop down link, the address are there, but you can't do anything with them. Any thoughts?

    Clint

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  2. #2


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    If you go to the People page on Outlook.com, and click on a contact, does it show the email address?

    I also had problems getting a csv file to work from Outlook 2003 into Outlook.com.

    What I found was that certain phone number fields didn't get imported into outlook.com, even though when I tried an export from outlook.com, those very same fields were there in its own export csv format. The records imported and their names were there, but useful information like phone numbers wasn't (with no error mentioning it).

    I think what I did in the end was manually type a test contact into outlook.com, with email/ phone number etc. filled in, and work out how it exported from outlook.com, and moved the data around in my import csv into different columns to match.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 511
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    DavidY
    If you go to the People page on Outlook.com, and click on a contact, does it show the email address?
    No. I typed the address in one and saved it. That one showed when I clicked on To. It also said it couldn't save, but it did. I think Outlook.com still needs some work. I'm not going to convert until it works.

    [PS] On the Start menu, when you click on People, the email address are there.

    Clint
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    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Hi Clint,

    Here's a little test data set I made, with three dummy People.
    Code:
    "First Name","Last Name","Mobile Phone","E-mail Address"
    "aa_David","aa_Test1","+44123456789","test1@nowhere.com"
    "aa_David","aa_Test2","+44123456790",""
    "aa_David","aa_Test3","","test3@nowhere.com"
    I opened Notepad, copied this in, (if you want to try this, you will need to add an extra return after the last line of data) and saved it as a .csv.

    Then, I used the "Import from File" on Outlook.com and got something looking like this.
    Click image for larger version

    I can then click on the email address and it sends an email in Outlook.com (well, except for aa_Test2 who doesn't have an email address).

    In the Windows 8 Start Screen apps, I went into the People App, waited a few seconds until it synchronised, and again I could then send an email within Windows 8.

    I've called them all names beginning with "aa_" so they should be easy to find and delete!

    Does any of this work for you?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 511
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Does any of this work for you?
    Thanks DavidY, No that didn't work either. I opened the .csv file in Note Pad and Excel and moved things around and then imported it back into Outlook.com. All the names were there (some of them twice) so I just edited all of them and put in the e-mail addresses for all of them and did save. You shouldn't have to do that. I don't think Outlook.com is such a big deal. I like Windows Live better except for the way it handles pictures. The old outlook express was the best in my opinion.

    Thanks Clint
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