How to export email to a PST file from Outlook for Windows

Question or Issue:

How do I export my email and contacts to a file so I can import the information into another version of Outlook and access it after my Bowdoin email account is closed?


1. In Outlook, click File.

2. Click on Open & Export.  In the right pane, click the Import/Export button.

3. In the Import and Export Wizard window, select the Export to a file option, then click Next.

4. Choose the mailbox that you'd like to export and click Next.

  • Be sure to select the correct mailbox. If you have more than one account added to your Outlook client you would be given the opportunity to export any of them. Scroll through the list to make sure that you're selecting the mailbox. The Bowdoin mailbox should be identified by your email address.

5. Under Save exported file as, click Browse to select a destination folder.

6. In the File name: box, type a descriptive name for your contacts file, then click OK.

7. Click Next.

8. Complete the process by clicking Finish.

You have now exported your email and contacts to a file that will allow you to migrate the mail to another version of Outlook and/or keep an archive copy for future reference if needed.