How to Upload Bulk Contacts in Outlook


Microsoft Outlook is an email client program and personal organizer used by many computer owners around the world. Outlook provides a simple way to import and export your contacts, which is a useful feature for people who might have many outside email accounts, such as Web mail or work accounts, but want Outlook to remain their central hub for communication. Add contacts to Outlook in bulk by importing them using a compatible file format.

  • Load Outlook. Click "File," then click "Import and Export."

  • Locate "Import from another program or file" on the list that appears. Click it, then click "Next."

  • Select the file format that your contacts are stored in. In most cases, you will be importing your contacts from a Comma Separated Values (CSV) file. Click "Next."

  • Click the "Browse" button. Navigate to the contacts file, and double click it. Select the radio button indicating how you would like Outlook to handle duplicate entries. For example, if your contacts file contains people who are already in your Outlook address book, you may wish to select "Do not import duplicate items." Click "Next."

  • Select "Contacts" as the destination folder for the data to be imported, and click "Next."

  • Examine the final summary window to confirm that Outlook is performing the import operation in the way that you want. You may wish to click "Map Custom Fields" to confirm that the columns in the data to be imported will match up correctly with the fields in the Outlook address book.

  • Click "Finish" to import your contacts into Outlook.

Tips & Warnings

  • Outlook supports importing contacts from many different types of files, including PST files, and comma-separated or tab-separated spreadsheets. For the sake of compatibility, most Web mail services and email client programs are able to export contacts using the comma-separated value (CSV) format. This format tends to work very well for importing into Outlook.

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