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Q: Outlook Express ( Answered,   3 Comments )
Subject: Outlook Express
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: p2pack-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 20 Oct 2002 05:47 PDT
Expires: 19 Nov 2002 04:47 PST
Question ID: 85429

Request for Question Clarification by pwizard-ga on 20 Oct 2002 05:57 PDT
What version of Outlook Express are you using and are you wanting to
simply move individual messages from one copy of OE to another or are
you wanting to move your entire OE message box to another computer?

Request for Question Clarification by vinods-ga on 20 Oct 2002 07:56 PDT
Hello p2pack, 

Outlook Express contains the following:

1. Your email messages, both received and sent messages
2. Your contacts - names of people along with their phone numbers,
addresses, etc.
3. Mail account settings
3. Any newsgroups settings (and posts)

Please let me know what you want to transfer and if, possible, from
which version of OE to which version of OE. I will be able to walk you
through the process.

warm regards

Clarification of Question by p2pack-ga on 20 Oct 2002 09:24 PDT
I want to move all files and contact file to OE 6.0. I am not sure of
the other version it may be two years old and not updated.
Subject: Re: Outlook Express
Answered By: vinods-ga on 20 Oct 2002 15:14 PDT
Hi p2pack, 

First of all, you will have to find the version of your old Outlook
Express (OE) by starting it up and opening the 'HELP' menu. Here you
will find an option that says 'About Microsoft Outlook Express'. When
you click on this option a window will pop up with information on the
version. This is important to let your new version of OE know which
older version of the program it is importing files from.

The process of transferring your files and contacts from one OE to
another OE has two steps.

I… EXPORT of files and contacts from existing OE. 

Open your OE and look under the File menu for the 'EXPORT' option.
Under this you will find options for Address book. Select it and
choose TEXT file (Comma Separated Values) for the 'Program or file
type' dialog. It will contain other entries. Then, select a name and
place for it (example, your desktop). The address book will get
exported to a file with the name you specified.

Under 'EXPORT' you will find another option for exporting Messages.
Proceed with the option and export your messages to a specific
location - a folder - on your computer.

You will now have to transfer these files and folders to your other
computer by using floppies or writing a CDROM. Depending on the number
of messages and contacts, the files may be large. If you don't have a
CD writer on your old machine, we will look at other methods to do
this transfer.

II… IMPORT of files to OE 6

Importing the address book is easy - find the 'IMPORT' option under
the FILE menu and select 'OTHER ADDRESS BOOK'. You will find the type
Comma Separated Values (.csv) in the next window. Select this since
this is the type of file you have and point to the location of your
file form the old computer. Bingo! Your address book gets imported.

Importing messages will also require you to use the 'IMPORT' function
under the 'FILE' menu. Use this with 'messages' and it will lead you
to the next window which gives options for the type of program you
want to import from. Other versions of Outlook Express are present in
this list. (You will have found out which was the older version of OE
from which you have exported your files.) Selecting this and clicking
the 'next' button will lead you to another window that asks for the
whereabouts of your files. Hit the 'browse' button here and point to
the location of your folder where your old OE exported files reside.
This will lead you to yet another window that will ask you if you want
to import some or all the OE folders. Here you will find a list of
your folders (INBOX, DELETED ITEMS, etc.) that you exported from your
old OE (If all is okay till this point!). Just select all and you will
see your folders from the old OE in your new OE.

Please let me know if you have any problems in doing this procedure. I
will be glad to respond to any clarifications needed or explain to you
any alternative methods to get this done.

Also please let me know if you are running Windows XP on your new
computer and have the installation CD. There may be an alternative
process to do what you want if you experience any problems with the
procedure explained above.

Warm regards

Search strategy – I really did not have to search the internet for
this because I have personally done this process a number of times.
This answer is from my own experience.
Subject: Re: Outlook Express
From: probonopublico-ga on 20 Oct 2002 06:10 PDT
1: First, select File and then Export messages.

2: Then, select File and Import massages.
Subject: Re: Outlook Express
From: hotsurferin-ga on 22 Oct 2002 00:59 PDT
Try this website
Subject: Re: Outlook Express
From: answerbod-ga on 23 Feb 2005 05:46 PST
Another guide to backing up Outlook Express:

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