How to Synchronize Outlook data with Yahoo

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While keeping your different email, contacts, and calendar accounts separate might be a good way to compartmentalize your life, you might also find logging into several separate accounts to be confusing. Fortunately, Microsoft allows you to easily synchronize your data, so you can use Outlook as your central point for contacts and calendars. At one time, Yahoo offered a Sync utility that automatically synchronized your data. Unfortunately, the company no longer supports the application. However, you can manually synchronize your calendar and contacts in Outlook and Yahoo using the built-in Import/Export Wizard utility.

Sychronize Calendars

  • Open your Yahoo calendar.

  • Click "Actions" and then "Export" to open the Export Calendar dialog.

  • Select the calendar you want to export from the "Calendar or To Dos list" drop-down.

  • Click "Save" to open a Save dialog.

  • Select whether you want to "Open with" or "Save" the .ics file. If you choose "Open with," you need to select Outlook from the application list. Your calendar will open in Outlook. This will finish the process. If you choose "Save," you need to select a location on your hard drive to which you will save the file and then continue to the next step.

  • Browse to the hard drive location to which you want to save the file.

  • Click "Save."

  • Open Outlook.

  • Select "File," "Open," and then "Import" to open the Import/Export Wizard.

  • Select "Import an iCalendar or vCalendar file (.vcs)."

  • Click "Next" to open a Browse window.

  • Browse to the .ics file you saved.

  • Click "OK." You will be able to see your Yahoo! calendar entries in Outlook.

Synchronize Contacts

  • Open your Yahoo mail.

  • Click the "Contacts" tab.

  • Click the "Actions" button to open a list of options for your contacts.

  • Click "Export All."

  • Choose "Export Now" next to Microsoft Outlook. A Save window will open.

  • Type the security code that appears on the screen in the available field.

  • Click "Export Now" to start downloading the file.

  • Select whether you want to "Open with" or "Save" the .csv file. If you choose "Open with," you need to select Outlook from the application list. Your contacts will open in Outlook. This will finish the process. If you choose "Save," you need to select the location on your hard drive to which you will save the file and then continue to the next step.

  • If prompted, browse to the location on your system to which you want to save the file.

  • Click "Save."

  • Open Outlook.

  • Select "File," "Open," and then "Import" to start the Import Wizard.

  • Click "Import from another program or file."

  • Click "Next."

  • Select ".csv" as the file type you want to import.

  • Click "Next."

  • Click "Browse" to open the browse window.

  • Browse to the file you want to import.

  • Click "Open."

  • Select "Contacts" for the location of your contacts.

  • Click "Finish."

Tips & Warnings

  • There are many ways to backup your personal information management data. This is just one.
  • An added feature; there's a share option on Yahoo that will let others view your calendar. The share option is off by default.
  • These tasks are not meant to be a replacement for regular, full backups of your PC data.
  • This does not sync your email inbox! It syncs Calendar, Contacts and Notes only.

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