Outlook 2010: Export All Contacts to vCard Files

Microsoft Outlook 2010 doesn’t provide an easy way to export all of your Contacts to vCard files at once. Fortunately there is a little trick I’ve learned that will accomplish this task.

1. Create an email message in Outlook.

2. Select Attach Item > Business Card > Other Business Cards…

Other business cards option

3. Hold down Shift or CTRL and click the contacts you wish to include in the export. Click OK when finished.

Insert business cards into email

4. Create a folder on your Desktop to hold your vCard files.

5. In the Attached section of the fake email you created, you will have a bunch of files with an extension of VCF. You can highlight all of these files and drag them to the folder on your Desktop. You will now have a folder filled with your previous contacts in VCF or vCard format.

Drag VCF files from email


Alternately you can email them to yourself if you wish to move them to another computer. Neat trick isn’t it? Maybe some day Microsoft will include an easier way to do this.


  1. djm says

    Brilliant plan, works well….but (there’s always a but!) How do I now import these to an android phone?

  2. Gw says

    When I imported the Vcards, the Notes section did not import. All nores sections were blank. I had used your approach before, successfully. This time, it’s not working.

  3. Andrew says

    Yup… it is helpful though at the same time pretty tedious as after copying the contacts to the phone memory card, i now have to individually save each contact and then check the contact for duplicates and omissions… overall.. it was very helpful.. thank you…

  4. Vu Hoang Thang says

    Thank you very much!!! You are a genius!! :D

    I spent days to try converting CSV files (from mail.msn.com) to VCF, but no software can’t do that, no online tool can’t do that.

    (I have an Lumia 900 – Windows Phone 7 and I want to transfer all contacts to my old Nokia 3120 classic. However, Windows Live Contacts allow only CSV as a export option, while Nokia PC Suite can’t read that kind of file and require VCF)

    Fortunately, I see this page…. !!!! :D

  5. mike says

    I did a lot of searching before finding this brilliantly simple solution.
    I had a really old phone and wanted all my contacts on my new HTC android.
    I manually wrote all the contacts in a tab delimited text file. I then imported them to Outlook 2010 (which I don’t use at all) ie. no mail connection at all.
    I then used the method here to create an individual .vcf for each contact. I copied them all onto a storage card using my PC. I then put the card into the phone and the contacts manager on the android phone imported them simply.
    Thanks for the solution.

  6. Vicki says

    Looks great, but I have a question. After vCards are moved to file can they be imported in total to google contacts – or do they have to be imported one at at time? Thanks a bunch!

  7. DR says

    Brilliant, thanks so much. I could not find a way to do this for a large number of contacts.One at a time like Microsoft let you do is just so stupid.
    This has saved many hours work.
    After trying to sync via google for hours with CSV (never could get all the fields to be recognised) I would really suggest anyone wanting to get all their contacts into a new droid phone just follow this Vcard trick then get an SD card for your phone load Vcard contacts on it with computer put card in phone and import from within contacts options in phone, easy and neat.

  8. Deadman says

    I searched around for 4 hours in internet to convert .csc file to .vcf but this works flawlessly…

    thanks a lot….


  9. Dave says

    EZ way to get those contacts onto the Nexus 7. Just copied them to the download folder on the pad and imported from storage to the people app. Worked great. Thanks much!

  10. Helmut says

    Thank you very much.
    Incredible easy solution. I surfed 2 hours in internet to find a solution. Nothing worked, your solution is fantastic.

  11. johan says

    for lotus notes 8.5 the copy all into 1 VCF (<>) as suggested by miroslav works just fine, thanks

  12. Adena says

    absolutely amazing! The internet is full of “you can’t do that” and yet YOU DID IT! Thank you so much, you saved me HOURS. (putting all contacts in one .vcf would be even better, but this works!)

  13. Miloslav says

    My idea for only one .vcf / csv file creation:
    1.Export as many as needed contacts to .vcf / .csv files to some folder
    2.under cmd in this folder : copy *.vcf allvcffile.vcf or
    copy *.csv allcsvfile.csv
    3.this single file shoud be possible to import
    (This idea is based on the GMail trick web, google: “Combining Multiple .VCF or .CSV Files for Importing”)

  14. Mitch says

    The vCard format is not designed to store more than 1 contact per file. For multiple contacts, you would have to use something like the CSV format.

  15. Laurie says

    Would love to hear the answer to the first 11/16/12 question about how to get them into a single vcard file because I had to acknowledge each vcard two times in order to get it to import into Lotus Notes. I had about 100 contacts and this was a bit of a pain.

  16. Nic says

    Thanks, a great tip — though it needs a slight twist for it to work in Outlook 2002:
    You don’t need to create a fake email.
    Select the contacts, then go to Actions and click on Forward as vCard.
    Outlook will then create the ‘fake’ email itself.

  17. Meysam says

    Tanx alot . your guid was so good and i could convert (export ) all my contact on outlook to vcf file and move on my new android mobile.

  18. Pankaj says

    Thanks Dude, but my problem is I hv to import all contacts to my Xperia phone.

    Is there any way thru which I can compile all contacts in one vcf file.

  19. Bhushan says

    Thanks a ton! I was looking for a way and just found a manual single card saving way of exporting to vcards !
    But this is soo tricky! Loved it :)

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