Import Outlook Contacts Into Windows Live Mail

Many people are switching over to cloud-based services. If you’re moving from Microsoft Outlook over to your Windows Live Mail account, you may want to take your Outlook Contacts with you. We’ll show you how to import your Contacts from Outlook into your Windows Live Mail account.

  1. In Outlook, select “File” > “Open & Export” > “Import/Export“.
  2. One the first screen of the wizard, select “Export to a file“, then select “Next“.
    Outlook Export to a file option
  3. Select “Comma Separated Values (DOS)“, then select “Next“.
    Comma Separated Values DOS option
  4. Choose “Contacts” in the list, then select “Next“.
    Contacts Export option
  5. Save the file to a location. Click the “Browse…” button if you want to avoid typing the full path. Select “Next“.
    Type filename for export file
  6. Select “Finish“.
    The file is exported with a .CSV extension.
    Now that we have our export file, we can import the contents of it into Windows Live Mail.
  7. Login to your Windows Live Mail account using Internet Explorer.
  8. Select the “Contacts option” on the left pane.
  9. Select the menu at the upper-left corner of the screen to switch from “” to “People“.
  10. In the “Import contacts” area, select “Start import“.
  11. Choose “Other“.
  12. Select “Browse…” and select the CSV file you exported.
  13. Select “Upload“.

After a few seconds the contacts should import to Windows Live Mail successfully.


  1. Magnus says

    1. Export a reference CSV.file from "Windows Live Mail".
    2. From "Outlook", export to Excel format.
    3. Open the XLS-file.
    4. Open the CSV-file using semicolon ‘;’ as delimiter.
    5. Cut & paste the columns in the XLS-file so that the header
    (first line) matches the header in the CSV-file.
    6. Export the XLS-file to a new CSV-file, again using semicolon as delimiter.
    7. Import in "Windows Live Mail".

    If I come up up with a even more cumbersome solution, I’ll let you know :)
    // Enjoy

  2. Richard says

    I did not succeed either. The whole procedure applies probably to the old versions of Windows Live Mail. In my (just downloaded) new version, the steps and their locations on the screen are different. I am also asked to assign “text fields” to the entries in the Contacts file before importing it into Live Mail. I attempted to do that on several different ways. Each time it looks then like importing, but after a few seconds it stops with no result and no message why it does not work.

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