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Migrating Email From Desktop Based Outlook to Outlook.com

Ron from Long Valley, NJ writes:

I’m running the desktop version of Outlook 2007 and Windows 7. I have years of emails saved in folders and subfolders that I want to keep. I want to start working in the cloud with online Outlook.com. I did a lot of searching but can’t find a way to transfer the emails from my desktop to my account on Outlook.com. Can you help?

 Migrating your local Outlook data to Outlook.com mailbox is pretty easy. Here’s how.

Backing Up!

Using Outlook 2007 to access an account, you can move your e-mail, contacts, task and calendar information to another account. But before anything else, you first need to back up the data in one account to a Personal Folder (.pst) file to be imported later on the other account.

In Outlook, click File and select Import and Export. At the Import and Export Wizard dialog box, do the following:



Moving Data

Now that you have a pst. of your files, it’s time to move that data to the account of your choice (in this case your Outlook.com account)

Option 1

Note: If you have lots of data in your mailbox, this may take hours. Make sure that you don’t shut down Outlook, and make sure you’re connected to the destination account while the upload happens.

Option 2


Manually select the Outlook Hotmail Connector to add an Outlook.com account (click on the image for the full dialog).


In the Hotmail Connector dialog, fill out your @outlook.com address.

Once configured, you can now move items and folders from your current mailbox to Outlook.com mailbox.

Extra Tips!

If the drag and drop method in moving folders won’t work for you, you can right click on a folder and choose Move Folder.

Default mail folders like Inbox and Sent might give you a hard time moving them. You must select all their items (Ctrl + A) and then move them to their corresponding folder in your Outlook.com mailbox.


(n.d.) MSOutlook.info. Migrating Outlook pst-data to Outlook.com. Retrieved April 13, 2013, from http://www.msoutlook.info/question/765 [6]

(n.d.) Microsoft Corporation. Use Outlook to Move Data Between Accounts. Retrieved April 13, 2013, from http://help.outlook.com/en-PH/140/dd401503.aspx [7]

~Cory Buford