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How to import Outlook contacts?

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    How to import Outlook contacts?

    I have an Acer desktop pc at home, running WIN8 Pro, and I use Outlook 2010 as my primary (POP3) email tool.
    Obviously I have an extensive contacts file in there.

    I have just bought a SP 128Gb and installed Outlook 2013 on the one month free trial.
    So, far I like it.

    I took it in to work today and the IT guys set it up for connectivity to the Corporate WiFi, VPN, etc.
    Cool! Now it's a mini-me of my work pc!

    My question is, and I'm a complete dummy here, is how can I copy my contacts info from my home pc into my Pro?

    Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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    Windows 8 Pro x64

    Did you try this? ↓
    Export contacts - Outlook -
    Import contacts - Outlook -

    If yes, what problems did you have?
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    or you can export it as a .pst file from Outlook 2010
    You click on File/Open
    export to a file in the list and click next
    pick outlook data file
    look down the list and highlight Contacts
    click next
    It will ask you to name it and where you want to put it
    Name it Contacts
    click on the Browse button and put it in a Folder you are going to remember where it is, you can put it in your download folder
    then click Finish

    To bring that file back in you do the exact same instructions above except
    You pick Import the file
    Follow the instructions and browse to the folder you put it in and click on the pst file
    It will import all your contacts
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    Thanks for the links.
    The steps appear very simple and were easy to follow.
    I put a USB stick in a USB port in preparation for this task.
    I followed all the simple steps shown in the link. So far so good. Now is when it gets interesting!
    At no point did it ask me where I wanted to export this file to. It just said "finished". Okay, all well and good.


    I found the (.pst) file and copied it to my USB stick.
    I then plugged it in to the USB port on my SP.
    I opened Outlook and followed the directions on the link above.
    When I click "Finish" at the bottom of the screen what appears to be a progress bar appears for a millisecond, three or four times, and then nothing.
    When I then click on Contacts there is nothing there.
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    I honestly don't know what I did!
    I followed exactly the same steps as before and now they are there!

    Oh well. All's well that ends well.

    Thank you all for your kind assistance.
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  6. #6

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    Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit

    Robinb9's solution worked for me.
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    4 Windows 7 Pro Sp1- 4 Win 8 Pro, 1- xp pro sp3

    I am glad it worked!
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