Solved How to transfer email Contacts to a CD

September 22, 2013 at 12:11:04
Specs: W7, 2.7 ghz 6.00
I've read different ways on how to transfer email contacts to various places on a computer but so far no info on transferring them to a CD...unless it can't be done? I don't want to make a mistake while attempting to do this, as there are a few complicated directions as well as 'warnings'. Yet each site suggests doing it differently than the other.

Some suggests opening 'Outlook' and I don't know how to do that, can't locate it and others who did, attempted to open it but couldn't!

I am a novice when it comes to 'importing' and 'exporting' as some indicated in their directions. I have 'Live Mail', W7 and Outlook.

I always seem to know where to turn when having computer problems, because there is always someone on this site capable of providing the right answer with simple directions that work. Thank you

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September 22, 2013 at 17:31:53
Have you clicked on the link provided in #1 at the top. This takes you to information about how to do what you are asking.
Tip:
Putting this in Google will find lots more hits:
"export windows live mail"

Once you have the files, if the real issue is putting them onto a CD then click this link below:
http://www.ofzenandcomputing.com/bu...
It's just a "copying files to CD" process. Best copy the exported files to an empty folder somewhere, such as the desktop, then follow the link to put them onto the CD. Look at the CD afterwards from "Computer" to make sure they have arrived there OK. You can do it in one go but using two steps is easier to understand and safer.

Using a CD-R or CD+R (finalized) is more secure than using a re-writeable CD-RW. The latter is less reliable and might not be readable on other computer drives.

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September 22, 2013 at 12:52:41
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...

Click to show "To export contacts from Windows Live Mail"

Nigel

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September 22, 2013 at 15:00:16
You have mentioned "Live Mail" and "Outlook", both of which can provide email.

We need to know which you are using for email. If it is "Windows Live Mail" then see response #1 above, otherwise let us know.

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September 22, 2013 at 17:19:54
Yes Derek, it's Live mail. In response to Nigel, I've connected to various sites having the same 'windows.microsoft' etc. sites as suggested but not able to find the correct one pertaining to exporting contacts from Windows. I'll have to keep trying.

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September 22, 2013 at 17:31:53
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Have you clicked on the link provided in #1 at the top. This takes you to information about how to do what you are asking.
Tip:
Putting this in Google will find lots more hits:
"export windows live mail"

Once you have the files, if the real issue is putting them onto a CD then click this link below:
http://www.ofzenandcomputing.com/bu...
It's just a "copying files to CD" process. Best copy the exported files to an empty folder somewhere, such as the desktop, then follow the link to put them onto the CD. Look at the CD afterwards from "Computer" to make sure they have arrived there OK. You can do it in one go but using two steps is easier to understand and safer.

Using a CD-R or CD+R (finalized) is more secure than using a re-writeable CD-RW. The latter is less reliable and might not be readable on other computer drives.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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September 23, 2013 at 10:27:14
Hi Derek: I went to the site you suggested 'export windows live mail' as it has directions. I have a Q..... Once I export the contacts to a folder, will I lose that contact list from where they have always been......above the 'start' area? I normally click on 'Contacts' and they pop up. If I have to go to another process to retrieve them, I prefer not doing that.

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September 23, 2013 at 13:15:30
Export here does not mean remove, it means copy to another file format, that is readable by most/many other mail programs. You will this have them in their current place.

Nigel

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September 23, 2013 at 14:31:29
As Nigel says they are just file copies, now held elsewhere, so will make no difference to your use of Window Live Mail whatever you do with them.

Did you manage to get these files onto a CD?

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September 23, 2013 at 18:29:17
Hi Nigel and Derek: I used Nigel's suggested site. Went to 'start',
typed in 'mail'
clicked on 'windows live mail'
selected 'contacts'........
...after that, there was no 'export' to click on anywhere.

Sorry, for my being a 'problem' about this, as this is probably so simple to do, yet it's not working for me. Maybe I just should give up on this.


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#9
September 24, 2013 at 14:25:23
Happy to keep going on this as long as you are. I have a computer with Windows Live Mail on it. What you said in #8 didn't seem to fit with Nigel's link (mine did).

First of all are you certain you have "Windows Live Mail" and not "Windows Mail" (they are different)? When you open your email program see what it calls it in the title bar at the top.

Assuming it is Windows LIve Mail then go to Nigel's link again. Part way down the page click "To export contacts from Windows Live Mail". Item 1 is just "how to open your email program" - you probably have a desktop icon for this. Go to item 2. Do you see the blue button top left? If so give it one left click and a drop down should show (as per the picture). If you now move the mouse over the word Export you should see "Email Messages" on the right, which is what you need.
Lets stop there - let me know if you get that far and we'll continue.

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September 24, 2013 at 16:13:09
Hi Derek: You must really like challenges! Ok, I went to Nigels #8 Then to Start, typed in Mail, clicked on Windows Live Mail (which I know for sure I have) after clicking on that, it automatically went to my existing emails as before. No Contacts anywhere nor a Blue button on left corner or anywhere else.

Seeing this never worked, I opened Live Mail at the bottom left corner where there is a list: Calendar, Contacts, Feeds, Mail, Newsgroups....I clicked on Contacts and as expected was my list of Contacts plus no place to either left or right click onto except when choosing one of my contacts on that list.

While at the email Contact site, I clicked on Home where there is a list of options on the top and among them was Export. I clicked on Export just to see and the only two options were .... 1. comma separated values .csv and 2. business card .vcf

At this point and I really don't know you THAT well, I am almost tempted to have you connected to my computer and you attempt to do it from your location waaay over there. I was familiar connecting that way with a friend using my former computer and find this computer does it differently yet the same outcome in the long run. Not sure that is the way to go though. If I don't do it myself but along with assistance I won't learn should the need arise again. What a mess!


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September 24, 2013 at 17:12:36
Oops, I goofed up my response #9 and sent you off exporting the emails themselves instead of your contacts list. Sorry about that, I've struck it out now - forget all that nonsense about a blue button.

So, yes, on Nigel's link you go to "To export contacts from Windows Live Mail" and it is exactly as you said. You are spot on - comma separated values.csv is the best choice. Follow the rest in that link and you will have the file you want. If you can't think of a better place, save it to the desktop. Suppose you called the file "Exported Emails", then the file Exported Emails.csv should arrive.

The next step is to burn that file to a CD. If you have any hiccups let us know - I'll try to get it right this time :)

By the way, we don't have remote connection on here. If I could have seen your screen I would have realised the mix-up earlier :(

I'm in the UK - into the early hours here, so I'll look back tomorrow.

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September 25, 2013 at 15:09:54
Hi Derek and Nigel: It's now going on 6 pm, so your probably still sleeping Derek? No rush getting back to this site. I clicked on 'mail' then 'contacts' and when there, clicked on 'home', then 'export' to the down arrow and clicked '.csv'

I named the file but put it in 'Documents' Later clicked on Documents and Zowie it was there! It looked like a spreadsheet with columns and headings, plus the names were not in alphabetical order. My not being familiar with any of those 'options' on the top bar, I just experimented for over one hour, got the first and last names and emails in order. Then all the email addresses were squeezed in narrow columns and were not totally visible, so I figured how to widen them all!!

Okay, now I've looked on different option headings and can't find anything mentioning transferring them to a CD....from Documents. I suppose that's another possible trick. Otherwise, when first doing what Nigel suggested combined with your suggestions, may have done the trick half way and I thank you both. With this mess, no one else but you and Nigel came forward probably due to the fact others remembered my 'handle' from the past and thought "I'm not getting involved with that computer dumb head. : ) I kind of think I just might change my handle and provide my real name instead. Gee now how can I do that but I'll figure it out, as I'm thinking there just might be more puter situations headed my way.


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#13
September 25, 2013 at 15:23:54
The csv file you saved is your backup. You simply import it at a later date if you need to. Sorry, there's no pretty way to say this but you shouldn't be opening it or amending it otherwise it might not do its job properly when needed. Best delete that one and make a fresh one then leave it be. If there is something not to your liking in your Windows Live Mail contacts themselves then sort them out from your email program before exporting the file. If you want to save an updated copy some time in the future just save the file again, use the same name and copy it over to the CD to replace it.

Here's the instructions to burn the new file to a CD:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/...
Have a good look through it and use the Live File System format. Use a CD-R or CD+R (CD-RW's are less reliable).

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September 26, 2013 at 15:46:15
Hi Derek: Thanks for directions from the beginning up to this point and Nigel from the beginning pertaining to this subject. For some unknown reason the directions to burn the Contacts to a CD did not work doing it that way. There was no 'Auto Play' dialog box or 'Burn files to disc using Windows Explorer, etc. etc. ' Seeing it didn't work, I did go to Start, clicked Computer and double clicked CD as suggested on the site.....there was no 'burn to disc, etc. etc.

So, instead I still have floppy discs as well as the USB diskette drive mechanism. I managed to put the Contacts on Documents and from there I put them on the CD. I wasn't sure it could be done that way, as I've never tried before. So, as long as they are now on a CD that's all that matters, no matter how it was done. But in the end I am very happy to say 'Mission Accomplished'

I did read on this site how to change ones 'handle' or 'user name' and that's what I'm going to do. Doing this will delete all problems I've had with a computer and won't be shown again. That's fine. Not sure if there are many females using this site, as compared to males but so what. So, next time you see the name Pauline, that will be me!! Thanks again you two, for all you have done, especially Derek who has come to my rescue a number of times and for this helpful site. Dandelions41 is no longer and it kind of feels better. Have a nice rest of the day, evening or morning! Later! : )

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September 26, 2013 at 15:52:49
Good news then. With the contact backup you only need to redo it when you have added so many new contacts that you would prefer it to be a more current one.

As for CD burning there are many ways possible if you care to search google. Some folk prefer to use third party software for this.

You could just try a simple Copy/Paste by opening the CD drive in Computer - it should certainly work for CD-RW anyway, although you might have to right click and Format the disk first.

Happy computing.

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