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Importing Gmail Contacts

Microsoft Outlook 2010’s multiple calendar functions, task automation, and detailed contact information make it the most business-friendly and efficient email program for growing companies. Google’s initial popularity as a search-engine now includes a host of services such as advertising, maps, news feeds, and its widely-used email program, Gmail. But if you use Outlook for business, how do you import your Gmail contacts into Outlook if you want easy access to them for business purposes?

We’ve provided a quick step-by-step instruction to help you do just that.

To import your Gmail contacts into Outlook, take the following steps:

  • Log into your Gmail account and click, Contacts.
  • At the top of the Contacts section, click More actions, then click Export.
  • Under Which Contacts do you want to export?, click a contact group or All contacts.
  • Under Which export format?, click Outlook CSVand then Export.
  • Click Save, and choose a temporary location to save the file (default name, google.csv).
  • Click Close, and open Outlook.Click the File tab, Open.
  • Click Import, then Import from another program or file, then click Next.
  • Click Comma Separated Values (DOS), then click Next.
  • In the Import a File box browse to the google.csv file and double-click it.Choose from the list of options:

Replaces duplicates with items imported
-Allow duplicates to be created
Do not import duplicate items

  • Click Next.
  • Click to where you want the imported contact information to go, and then click Next.
  • Click Map Custom Fields to add or remove fields to determine the way the contact information is saved in the new file.

NOTE: If the Map Custom Fields button is not available when importing the data, in The following actions will be performed box, selectImport. The Map Custom Fields button should be available.

  • Click Finish.

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