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Hi All,
I need to transfer my OE6 emails and address book to Outlook.  Here's my "setup"...
My OS is XPP using Office 2003.  I now connect to the domain in my office whereas before I did not.  I copied MyDocs and Favorites over and am stuck on the email stuff.

On the domain, I opened Outlook and went to File > Import/Export > started going through the wizard, but have not been successful copying my contacts and emails.  Now in OE (non-domain connected), I did export my address book file (.wab) but cannot import into outlook, right?  How do I get this done?

Thanks for any prompt feedback.

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Greetings, zemarc !

Not sure what you mean be a domain. The OE data need to be on the same drive as Outlook for Outlook to import them.  Outlook cannot import over a network.

To transfer your email:
1.  Search old hard drive for "*.dbx" and note the folder these files are in.
2, Import email files into Outlook.
3.  If no joy, import into OE, then to Outlook. Open OE and click File > Import > Messages > Outlook Express 5 or 6 > Import Mail from an OE 5 or 6 Store Directory > Browse and navigate to the folder on the old drive which holds your DBX files.

Address Book
1. Search old hard drive for *.wab.
2. Then import the address book file into Outlook.
3. If no joy, import into OE, then Outlook. In the new OE click File > Import > Address Book and point to the file you found on the old drive.




Best wishes!
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Howdy war1,
I kinda figured it out (as you noted in your item #3's).
I first copied the old OE to the new OE then imported into the new Outlook (picky, picky) but it worked.

Huge Thanks!
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zemarc, glad you got the data from OE to Outlook.
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howdy (again)
I have a really dumb question (and I'm kinda embarrassed asking).
Since Outlook has such a different "look and feel" than OE (my disclaimer)....

How do I...
1. Open an attachment?
I've opened one within the body of the email?  It that correct? (kinda obscure).  No separate paperclip to click like in OE?

2. Set up a message rule that sorts mail into specific folders that I specify?
I have more than one email account set up in Outlook and I couldn't find the specific rule that lets me select which email account to apply it to.

Thanks for your prompt reply.

 
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1. Here is how to open an Outlook attachment
http://www.ies.state.pa.us/imaginepa/lib/imaginepa/Opening_Outlook_Attachments.doc

2. The rule will apply to all emails coming into the Inbox.  You cannot not to a specific account.
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war1, thanks for this info.
(just another reason why OE is called "express")
Oh well, I will press on.
Thanks again.
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I also noticed that on the emails I imported, a lot of them say date received 07/19/2006?
I'm not sure what's that all about?
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I assume the emails have correct date in OE.  Importing emails from OE to Outlook should not change the date.
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