Updated Oct 10, 2012
How to Import Yahoo Contacts
If you want to use Outlook 2010 as your main email program, there are two things you really should do. First of course is to set up a Yahoo Outlook 2010 connection so Outlook can read and reply to mail sent to your Yahoo account. There’s a link that shows you exactly how to do this at the end of the article.
The second step is to make sure that Outlook has a copy of all your Yahoo Contacts. Getting your Yahoo Contacts into Outlook is what we’re going to talk about here.
Please be aware that what we’re going to do is make a copy of your Yahoo contacts and transfer that copy into Outlook. There won’t be any kind of live connection between the two. If after you complete this, you add new contacts into Yahoo, those contacts won’t appear in Outlook, unless you do this process again.
Note: If you want to get your Yahoo Contacts into Outlook 2003 or Outlook 2007, you need to head over to this Yahoo Outlook Contacts page.
Copy Your Yahoo Contacts to Outlook Contacts
It’s easy to get a copy of your Yahoo Mail contacts into Outlook. There are a lot of steps but nothing too complicated. Just follow these steps:
- Log into your Yahoo Mail account and click the Contacts tab to see your Yahoo Contacts.
- Set the checkmark next to the contacts you want to copy to Outlook. Don’t worry about whether or not a contact is already included in Outlook. Later on in these instructions we’ll direct Outlook to ignore duplicate contacts.
- Click the Tools button, then Export. You should now see an “Export: page.
- Click the Export Now button next to the words, “Microsoft Outlook.”
- You should now see a dialog box on the screen that says you are “Opening yahoo_ab.csv” or something similar. The exact details of the box will depend on your web browser, but the important thing is to record the file name (in this case yahoo_ab.csv).
- Next, you want to tell your web browser to save this file. Keep track of where it is saved if your browser displays that information. If not, have Windows search your computer for the file name you recorded in the previous step. Record the location where the file was saved.
- In Outlook, click the File tab in the Ribbon, then the Open menu option.
- Click Import. The Import and Export Wizard appears.
- Select “Import from another program or file,” then click Next
- Select “Comma Separated Values (Windows)” and click Next.
- The Import a File dialog box appears. Click Browse, and navigate to the location you recorded earlier. You should see the filename you recorded, probably without the “.csv” part.
- Select the file name and click OK. This displays the Import a File screen.
- Select the “Do not import duplicate items” option, and click Next.
- The next screen that appears shows you all the folders in Outlook. Navigate through this until you see the Contacts folder. Select the Contacts folder to tell Outlook to import all the contacts into this folder, and click Next.
- In the screen that appears, Outlook tells you exactly what it will be doing, which is importing contacts from the file into your Contacts folder. Click Finish and allow Outlook to do its work.
It may take a few minutes for Outlook to process your Yahoo contacts. While it is working, you will see a box on your screen that shows you how the work is progressing. Once that box disappears, the work is done and your Yahoo Contacts have been copied to Outlook.
P.S. Don’t forget to repeat this process when your Yahoo Contacts change, or the changes won’t make it into Outlook.
To learn how to get your Yahoo Mail in Outlook 2010, visit this Yahoo in Outlook 2010 page.
To learn more about Outlook 2010 Contacts, visit this Outlook 2010 Contacts page.
You can also…
Go to the Living With Outlook 2010 home page.
Or return to the top of this “Import your Yahoo Contacts into Outlook” page.