Import Outlook items from a Personal Folders file (.pst)

When you want to migrate Outlook messages, contacts, calendar items, tasks, and notes from one computer to another or restore a backup of your Outlook data, the Import and Export Wizard is the easiest way to complete the task.

  1. On the File menu, click Import and Export.
  2. In the Import and Export Wizard, click Import from another program or file, and then click Next.
  3. Click Personal Folders File (.pst), and then click Next.
  4. Click Browse, and then choose the file to import.

 NOTE    Under Options, it is recommended that you click Do not import duplicates unless you want the imported information to replace or duplicate items already in Outlook.

  1. Click Next.
  2. If a password was assigned to the Personal Folders file (.pst), you are prompted to enter the password, and then click OK.
  3. Set the options for importing items. The default settings usually don’t need to be changed.
  • The top folder — usually Personal Folders or your email address — is selected automatically.
  • Include subfolders is selected by default. All folders under the folder selected will be imported.
  • The default selection of Import items into the same folder in matches the folders from the imported file to the folders in Outlook. If a folder doesn’t exist in Outlook, it will be created.
  1. Click Finish.

 TIP    If you want to import or restore only a few items from a Personal Folders file (.pst), an easier way is to open the Personal Folders file (.pst), and then in the Navigation Pane click and drag the items from Personal Folders file (.pst) folders to your existing Outlook folders.



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