Here’s how to use the universal vCard business card format to port your MS Outlook contacts over to Mac Address Book.
In theory, you should be able to export your MS Outlook Contacts file to tab-delimited text or *.csv. I wasted too much time trying to find an export format that Address Book could import – I tried about half a dozen. I researched it. This works:
- In MS Outlook (2007), open a single contact that you want to port to Mac.
- Using the “Office Button”, select Save As->Export to vCard File and save the contact. Default destination is C:\Documents and Settings\(user name)\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures. Use that default to avoid renavigation on every Save. Windows doesn’t remember where you saved the last time.
- This creates a vCard
- Repeat for all the contacts you want to save. I did 97 contacts in less than half an hour. Look at all the folks I haven’t written for way too long!
- Open Signatures folder. Copy all of the signatures you want to port to Mac.
- If you are networking with the Mac, you can drop (paste) the files in the Drop Box or directly into a networked folder that you make. I made a Vcards subfolder in Mac’s Documents folder.
- If not networked, copy the folders to CD, USB drive or thumb drive and then mount on the Mac, copying to the directory of your choice.
- Now, open that folder in your Mac. Drag and drop the .vcf files into the Name column of the Mac’s Address Book.
You’ll usually get some XML garbage in the Notes field, but all of your legitimate Notes will also be preserved. Pictures in the Contact Picture field will be ported over!
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