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MS Outlook 2003 Exporting

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April 25, 2013 3:56:04 PM

1-How do I verify that this file: backup.pst Office data file actually contains my Contact list and their info, because when I try to open it, it tells me that No Program Is Associated with it.
2-Would it be better to Export Contacts to Excel and then Import from Excel back to Outlook?
3-If I want to choose to export as a file, should I be selecting CSV Windows or Tab Separated Values for Windows or Personal Fold File .pst, which is what I did in step 1 ?

I know this is long, but when you start doing something that should be relatively straight forward, well, you know, it doesn't always work out that way.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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April 25, 2013 4:08:36 PM

you are doing it correctly

export as a file

then as pst

but stupidly if you try to open it directly you will get No Program Is Associated with it error

but if you import it into outlook it works fine

i back up my outlook all the time and this way does work

there may be freeware software that will let you open it outside of outlook to test its saved ok

edit--never tried it but something like this

http://www.nucleustechnologies.com/pst-viewer.html
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April 25, 2013 4:12:33 PM

Import into Outlook, don't try to 'open' it.

Export as .pst, then Import.
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April 25, 2013 4:13:14 PM

I just typed a full reply that got ditched somehow... Don't have time to repost.
Once outlook is open you can load multiple PST files, can't remember how off the top of my head, but it's there - search open PST in help. Open your backup.pst and it will appear as a second folder tree, you can verify everything's there.
RE export formats, options are there for other programs. If you're going from and to Outlook, any and all will work.
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April 25, 2013 4:16:32 PM

rhysiam said:
I just typed a full reply that got ditched somehow... Don't have time to repost.
Once outlook is open you can load multiple PST files, can't remember how off the top of my head, but it's there - search open PST in help. Open your backup.pst and it will appear as a second folder tree, you can verify everything's there.
RE export formats, options are there for other programs. If you're going from and to Outlook, any and all will work.


that happens a lot on here--i always copy my reply before hitting submit/answer especially if its a long reply :) 

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April 25, 2013 4:19:30 PM

mcnumpty23 said:
rhysiam said:
I just typed a full reply that got ditched somehow... Don't have time to repost.
Once outlook is open you can load multiple PST files, can't remember how off the top of my head, but it's there - search open PST in help. Open your backup.pst and it will appear as a second folder tree, you can verify everything's there.
RE export formats, options are there for other programs. If you're going from and to Outlook, any and all will work.


that happens a lot on here--i always copy my reply before hitting submit/answer especially if its a long reply :) 



Nice tip, thanks!
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April 25, 2013 6:05:37 PM

thanks to all who responded to my assistance:>)!
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April 25, 2013 11:36:08 PM

I'm closing this thread now before commercial spammers add a new magical .pst file fix every three months for the next eight years. :D 
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