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How Do I Download and Backup My Old Address Book?

Last modified: June 28, 2022
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How Do I Download and Backup My Old Address Book?

There may come a moment when you need to move your whole email address book from one PC to another PC for one reason or another. Your first thought must have been to completely retype your address book and other crucial email information before saving them separately in the new system. But happily, there is a simple solution that allows us to move all of the Outlook data from one system to another.

In this blog I will provide you with step by step procedures to transfer your Personal Address Book (PAB) from one computer to another.

As a first step, you need to go to the old hosting server Webmail.

You may use this Webmail link:  

Username: email address >

Login to Webmail –> Go to Organizing –> Address Book –>  select “My Address Book

To import:
–    Select all.
–    Click on Export
–    Choose “Command Separated values”
–    Select “Export the following address book completely”
–    Choose “My Address Book”
–    Click “EXPORT”
–    Save the address book details in your computer.

How to Transfer Outlook Address Book from One System to Another? (Download, Backup & Restore)

About Outlook Address Book

If you have a properly installed and configured MS Outlook on your system, then you have a default Outlook Address Book. This Outlook Address Book, generally known as OAB, has the sets of Outlook contact folders in it. Now you might be thinking that OAB is a physical address book, which it is not. It is basically a virtual concept, and hence OAB is just a representation of the primary contact folders.
The OAB has a personalized view of the contact folders and nothing more and therefore, it cannot operate independently. Another fact about OAB is that Outlook does not save any OAB file which is not in your data store.

Transfer Outlook Address Book from one system to another

Now, when we know all about Outlook Address Book, let’s discuss how to transfer Outlook Address Book from one system to another.

Try Copying the File to A Storage Device

To transfer Outlook Address Book from one system to another, copying the file is the best option. So, the first approach that you should try in this case is copying the contact file with .pab extension. Let’s see how to it:

Step 1 of 7

Launch Outlook.

Step 2 of 7

Select File>Open & Export>Import/Export

Step 3 of 7

Click on Export to a file.

Step 4 of 7

Click Next and select Comma separated values.

Step 5 of 7

Select Contacts.

Step 6 of 7

Remember to save the file in .csv extension.

Step 7 of 7

Copy the .csv file to any external storage device such as a USB or a floppy.

Restoring File to Another System

Restoring the file to another system is again a good approach to transfer OAB. Let’s know how to do it:

Step 1 of 7

In the new system, insert the external storage device.

Step 2 of 7

Launch Outlook and again go to File>Open & Export>Import/Export.

Step 3 of 7

Select Import from another program or file.

Step 4 of 7

Click Next and select Comma Separated Values

Step 5 of 7

Select Browse and navigate the storage device along to select the file copied from another system.

Step 6 of 7

Select Do not import duplicate items.

Step 7 of 7

Click Next and highlight Contacts.

Once, you complete the above mentioned steps successfully, you will have the OAB file n your system. So, this was about transferring the OAB file, but if you are facing issues with Outlook PST like damage or corruption, then you can refer to Kernel for Outlook PST Repair. It is an automated tool that can repair, recover, and restore damaged PSTs in a few easy steps.


In Outlook, moving an address book between systems is a really simple process. All you have to do to transfer data is properly use the import and export option. The address book is initially exported as a CSV file, which is then loaded into the new email programme. I sincerely hope that this guide helps you transfer OAB smoothly.

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