Import your messages or account from Outlook to Outlook Express

Microsoft Outlook Express is a free, basic e-mail program.

Note: Outlook Express can import messages only from the default message store in Microsoft Outlook. You can import messages from a different store; however, you need to change the default store location in Outlook before you begin the import procedure. To find out more about Outlook store locations, in Outlook on the File menu, click Data File Management. You can view information about your store locations and make changes if needed.

What do you want to do?

Import messages from Outlook to Outlook Express

Import an e-mail account into Outlook Express

Import messages from Outlook to Outlook Express

  1. In Outlook Express, on the File menu, point to Import, and then click Messages.

  2. In the list, click Microsoft Outlook, and then click Next.

    Note: If Outlook is not running, you are prompted to select the Outlook user profile where the messages are stored. Select a profile, and then click OK.

  3. Select the folders to import, and then click Next.

  4. Click Finish.

Import an e-mail account into Outlook Express

Note: You can import only POP3 e-mail accounts into Outlook Express.

  1. In Outlook Express, on the File menu, point to Import, and then click Mail Account Settings.

  2. Click Microsoft Windows Messaging or Exchange or Outlook, and then click Next.

  3. Click the e-mail account to import, and then click Next.

  4. In the Confirm Settings dialog box, verify the server settings for the account.

  5. Do one of the following:

    • To make changes, click Change Settings, click Next, and then change the settings that you want to.

    • Click Next.

  6. Click Finish.

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