How to export Multiple Contacts folder from Outlook Express to multiple WAB or cvs?

Posted on 2012-08-25
Last Modified: 2012-08-31
It seems that I can not export individual contact folder from outlook express to WAB or CVS files. Any method that I tried, import/export of OE exports all contacts folder to one WAB or excell file while I wish to have seperate contact file in Outlook 2003.
Am I missing anything here?
Question by:Change2009
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    I don't think you can do it

    Read here
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    Looks like there are the same limitations with exporting the Windows Address Book in XP as there are importing into it.  As far as I recall, importing a *.WAB into it flattens out all the separate groups into one, and I don't think there is a way around this.

    I think the best you could do is to locate the actual *.WAB file, example:
    C:\Documents and Settings\Bill\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book\Bill.wab
    and copy it out to a suitable neutral folder.

    There make several copies of it and name them after each of the contact groups in it.

    Alternatively, open the default Windows Address Book normally and then separately export to multiple *.wab files with useful names in another folder, then close the default address book.

    For each of the *.wab files:
    1. Double-Click to open
    2. Delete all contacts/groups  except the ones pertaining to the name of that *.wab file
    eg. delete everything except contacts pertaining to "Client 1" from "Client_1.wab".
    3. Export to a *.csv with a name that reflects the contacts left in it.

    It would probably take less time to do than it took me to type this, and although it sounds like a clunky workaround, at least you have complete control over what groups to import each *.csv file into in Outlook.

    Perhaps somebody will come along with a native method of exporting selected groups to separate csv files that I don't know of.  I hope so, but I'm not holding my breath in anticipation.
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    Change2009--There is a workaround in liorkr's link.
    "copy or move the addresses from the subfolders to the main identity's Contacts folder within the Windows Address Book. You can then export addresses from subfolders to another address book or program. "
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    Thank you Change2009

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