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12-12-2010, 05:56 PM
Hey, can you tell me is there a way to save your contacts? Instead of physically having to write each one out, can I save them somehow?
Oh yeah, and that is in Outlook 2003.
I am not familiar with outlook but I would bet there is a export option somewhere.
12-12-2010, 06:21 PM
File/IMport and Export ---> Follow the prompts - Create a pst backup, and then select the contacts folder as a source :)
12-12-2010, 09:24 PM
Ok, I got it saved thanks to Troy getting me started and than following up with your directions, Phil. Thank you guys! :thumbsup:
Unfortunately, I'm stuck....I have the pst file on my computer desktop but I don't know how to read it. When I try to open the thing it is giving me this:
I don't know what program is required to read a ".pst" file.
I am not sure if there is a program to read them.
The idea of exporting them is to have them saved in case you want to import them back into an email program if something gets corrupt, or if you want to use them in another e-mail program.
Just what are you trying to accomplish?
12-12-2010, 09:42 PM
Ok Troy as you were answering this I was doing some searching also. It appears or the way I understand it is that a pst file relates to the Outlook personal folder file. If I have to read it in Outlook that isn't going to do me any good.
What I want to do, along with my sister, as she is the one that got me started on this. She wants to know how to save all her email addresses if something was to go corrupt in Microsoft Outlook or let's say the computer crashed and burned. :lol: There must be some way besides handwriting each and every email contact address that you have for future reference. I want to send them to a program where I can open it up and print and save them that way.
I am not sure there is an easy way to do that.
If she does as you just did, she can save the .pst file to a disc or a thumb drive as a backup.
12-12-2010, 09:54 PM
Oh yeah, I guess that would work too but I still am not sure doing that would allow you to read them even if you save them to a backup... at least I don't think so.
Hey, I'm getting closer... I opened up the address book and then went to file and print. The only problem is that it looks like from the print preview that it wants to only copy one address at a time to one page. I need to figure out now how to get them all on one page?
Any ideas? :lol:
12-12-2010, 09:56 PM
I'm not sure if this will help, but it looks like it has some good information on backing up/restoring in Outlook (http://www.sitedeveloper.ws/tutorials/outlook.htm).
Otherwise, if you just wanted to be able to read the pst file in something other than Outlook, you could install Thunderbird and import it, or you could get a pst reader.
12-12-2010, 10:01 PM
Once you have contacts backed up as a pst, you'd simply import that file as contacts on a new outlook install. No, you can't read it like it was clear text, because, well, it isn't. It's outlooks export format to be used when importing to put things back the way they were when exported :)
Well dayem, there are pst readers.
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