Converting Addresses to or from Outlook

Last reviewed on July 22, 2014

This page lists software tools and techniques for converting addresses between dozens of different formats, including Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Exchange Server, Netscape, Eudora, HTML, scheduling applications and many others. Some tools are free, but most are commercial applications that must be purchased. Here you’ll find tools for both home and small office users as well as tools that can support the largest corporate migrations.

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Slipstick recommends Address Magic Personal to help Windows users convert address books between the address book formats below. A portion of each sale helps support this web site. Address Magic Enterprise is also available for corporate administrators planning large-scale migrations.

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Can use as a Source or DestinationSupported as a Source only
  • CSV (comma-delimited files)
  • Eudora Light/Pro
  • GroupWise 5.5 and later
  • Gmail
  • Google Apps
  • iCloud
  • LDIF
  • Lotus Notes
  • Microsoft Outlook 97 through 2013
  • Netscape 4/6/7
  • Opera 6/7
  • Outlook Express
  • vCard
  • Windows Address Book/WAB
  • Windows Contacts
  • AOL (America Online) 4 through 9
  • Exchange Global Address List/GAL
  • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Netscape 6/7
  • Pegasus
  • Thunderbird
To convert from:To:
From: Windows Address Book (.wab) on Windows 7 or 8To: Comma-delimited text file, vCard, Outlook Contacts
Use: Address Magic Personal if you also need to convert email. If you only need to convert contacts in the wab file, you can go through Windows contacts.
From: Netscape 4/6/7; Thunderbird; Exchange GAL; Outlook contacts; Eudora Light/Pro; Windows Address Book; Outlook Personal Address Book; GroupWise; LDIF; Opera 6/7; Pine; AOL 4 through 9; Lotus Notes; Pegasus; Windows Contacts.To: Netscape 4.x; Outlook contacts; Eudora Light/Pro; Windows Address Book; Personal Address Book; GroupWise; LDIF; Opera 6/7; Lotus Notes; Pegasus; vCard; Windows Contacts.
Use: Address Magic Personal Address Magic Enterprise (100 users or more)
From: Exchange Server Global Address BookTo: Comma-delimited text file, Outlook Contacts, Personal Address Book, Eudora, Netscape, Windows Address Book
Use: Portable GAL
From: cc:Mail, Lotus Notes/Domino, Exchange 5.5, Exchange 2000, IMAP4, HP OpenMail, EMC /TAO, SYSM, Novell GroupWise, LDAPTo: cc:Mail, Lotus Notes/Domino, Exchange 5.5, Exchange 2000, IMAP4, HP OpenMail, EMC /TAO, SYSM, Novell GroupWise, LDAP
Use: CompuSven E-Mail Shuttle
From: Active Directory, Exchange 5.5 GAL, Lotus Notes, iPlanet, SQL Server, Oracle, MMS, any ODBC compliant data source *To: Active Directory, Exchange 5.5 GAL
Use: Directory Transformation Manager
From: Any Word 7.0 mail merge source (Access .mdb, text file, etc.)To: Personal Address Book
Import to Personal Address Book
From: CardfileTo: Personal Address Book or Microsoft Outlook Contacts
Use Transfile.exe (61kb) or AZZ Cardfile to convert the Cardfile entries to a tab-delimited file. Then import directly into Microsoft Outlook or use Import to Personal Address Book to import for Microsoft Exchange.
From: CompuServe Address BookTo: Personal Address Book or Microsoft Outlook Contacts
CompuServe 2000, 6 or 7: ePreserverTransend Migrator
From: Eudora nicknames fileTo: Personal Address Book
Method #1: Address Magic Personal
Method #2: In Outlook Express, choose File | Import | Address Book. Then, choose File | Export | Address Book and export to Personal Address Book.
Method #3: YooDoormat
Method #4: Open in Microsoft Word, search and replace “<” with Tab (a special character) and “>” with nothing to create a tab-delimited file. You should then be able to use Import to Personal Address Book on it.
From: Eudora Pro or Light (through ver. 3) nicknames fileOutlook Contacts Folder
Method #1 (Outlook 98 through 2003): In Outlook, choose File | Import and Export | Import Internet Mail and Addresses.
Method #2: Address Magic Personal
Method #3: (Outlook 97) In Outlook Express, choose File | Import | Address Book. Then, use WabOut, or use File | Export | Address Book and export to a comma-delimited text file, which Outlook can import.
From: Microsoft Mail Address BookPersonal Address Book
In Exchange, choose File | Import and point to your MS Mail .mmf file.
From: Netscape Address BookPersonal Address Book
Method #1: Address Magic Personal
Method #2: In Outlook Express, choose File | Import | Address Book. Then, choose File | Import | Address Book and export to Personal Address Book. Works for Netscape 4.0 but not Netscape 4.5 or 7.
Method #3: If you have Word 7.0, try Nscpabb2, a Word template file. It does not work with Word 97 and will not be ported, so please don’t ask.
From: Netscape Address BookOutlook Contacts Folder
Method #1 (Outlook 98/2000/2002): In Outlook, choose File | Import and Export | Import Internet Mail and Addresses. Works for Netscape 4.0.
Method #2: Address Magic Personal (Works for Netscape 4, 6 and 7.)
Method #3: See OL98- Migrating from Netscape Mail to Outlook.
Method #4: In Outlook Express, choose File | Import | Address Book. Then, use WabOut, or use File | Export | Address Book and export to a comma-delimited text file, which Outlook can import. Works for Netscape 4.0, not for 4.5/4.6/4.7.
Method #5: Go through Outlook Express. See:

From: Schedule+ Contacts listPersonal Address Book
Import to Personal Address Book
From: Windows Address Book from Outlook ExpressPersonal Address Book
Method #1: Address Magic Personal
Method #2: In Outlook Express, choose File | Export | Address Book and export to Personal Address Book.
From: Windows Address Book from Outlook ExpressWindows Address Book from Outlook Express
Method #1 (Outlook 98 or later): If Outlook Express is not using the .wab file you want to import, you’ll need to import the file into Outlook Express first. In Outlook Express, choose File | Import | Address Book, and choose the .wab file. Then, in Outlook, choose File | Import and Export | Import Internet Mail and Addresses.
Method #2: Address Magic Personal
Method #3: WabOut, but only for Outlook 97
Method #4: Use File | Export | Address Book and export to a comma-delimited text file, which Outlook can import.
From: Windows Address Book from Microsoft Internet MailPersonal Address Book
Address Magic Personal
From: Personal Address BookComma-delimited text file
Perform a mail merge with MS Word 7.0 or 97, using the PAB as the data source. I prefer the catalog format myself.
From: Personal Address BookWindows Address Book (Outlook Express)
From Outlook Express, choose File | Import | Address Book.
From: Outlook Contacts FolderWindows Address Book (Outlook Express)

Note: Outlook 98/2000 in Internet Mail Only mode can share an address list between OE and Outlook.

Method #1: Address Magic Personal
Method #2: From Outlook, choose File | Import and Export and export as a comma-delimited text file. Then, from Outlook Express, choose File | Import | Address Book and import that file.
From: Eudora or PegasusPegasus or Eudora
ECONV 1.0 Eudora <–> Pegasus Email Conversion
From: Eudora, Netscape, Pegasus, Pine, Elm, several othersEudora, Netscape, Pegasus, Pine, Elm, several others
Mail System Converter. Also see Interguru’s E-mail Address Conversions
From: America Online (AOL)Outlook
ePreserver
From: GroupWiseOutlook
See OL2000 How to Import a GroupWise Personal Address Book
Use GroupWise Migrator for Exchange or Address Magic Enterprise (100 users or more)
From: Outlook, Netscape, Outlook Express, Juno, Eudora, Pegasus, Corel, LDAP/LDIF, comma-delimited and plain text formatsOutlook, Netscape, Outlook Express, Juno, Eudora, Pegasus, Corel, LDAP/LDIF, comma-delimited and plain text formats
Dawn
From: Outlook, ACT!, Goldmine, Palm DesktopOutlook, ACT!, Goldmine, Palm Desktop
AddressGrabber
From: Outlook, Entourage, Excel, Palm Desktop, other Windows and Macintosh PIMsOutlook, Entourage, Excel, Palm Desktop, other Windows and Macintosh PIMs
Export-Import for Entourage
From: Outlook ContactsvCard in bulk
Outlook2Mac, VCard Converter Outlook Add-In, Address Magic Personal, Vcard4Outlook, SyncWiz
From: Outlook ContactsText file
ClipForm
From: Netscape 4.0, EudoraOutlook 97
Import addresses to Outlook Express, then export them to a Personal Address Book or to a comma-delimited file for import into a Contacts folder in Microsoft Outlook 97.
From: Microsoft Exchange, Outlook, Lotus Notes, GroupWise, Netscape, Eudora, Outlook Express, Lotus cc:Mail, IMAP4 Server, America Online, Pegasus, MHS, Notework, Compuserve, or DaVinciMicrosoft Exchange, Outlook, Lotus Notes, GroupWise, Netscape, Eudora, Outlook Express, Lotus cc:Mail, IMAP4 Server, America Online, Pegasus, MHS, Notework, Compuserve, or DaVinci
Transend Migrator

Written by

Diane Poremsky
A Microsoft Outlook Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 1999, Diane is the author of several books, including Outlook 2013 Absolute Beginners Book. She also created video training CDs and online training classes for Microsoft Outlook. You can find her helping people online in Outlook Forums as well as in the Microsoft Answers and TechNet forums.

Please post long or more complicated questions at Outlookforums.

3 responses to “Converting Addresses to or from Outlook”

  1. Paddy

    I have used VBA to change my Outlook Display names. Very good thankyou, I will keep some of these articles for reference. Regards

  2. catherine mills

    I'm a non tech person who is trying to move my contacts from a mac Os 5.8 using entourage, to a new pc (windows 7 professional). neither Windows contacts nor yahoo seem to recognize the vcf i saved my contacts as. I do not want to re-enter everything if at all possible. thanks

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