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. MemeGtr says

    it worked forme …then using dropbox i could import them to a blackberry 8520, with no problems

  2. Dave L says

    Thanks for this, took a while to convert to VCF but still much quicker than re-entering all the information. On my Galaxy Note 4 with a USB cable connected I copied VCF folder to SD card in phone then imported to contacts via ‘application settings’ tab. Worked fine for me.

  3. Tray Rankin says

    I’m trying to import them into icloud… do I need to be doing something differently for that particular format?

  4. Tray Rankin says

    It’s not working for me?? says it can’t read the vcard? any other ideas?


  5. Rick H. says

    I never would have figured that out. I just copied to SD card and imported to my phone.

  6. djm says

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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…

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