Import a .pst file from Outlook for Windows

To help you transfer messages and other items (items: Units of information in Outlook, such as e-mail messages, calendar events, contacts, tasks, and notes.) from a Windows-based computer to a Macintosh computer, Outlook for Mac can import Outlook Data Files (.pst) that are created in Outlook for Windows.

  1. Transfer the .pst file to your Macintosh computer.
  2. On the Outlook for Mac File menu, click Import.
  3. Click Outlook Data File, and then click the right arrow.
  4. Select Outlook for Windows Data File, and then click the right arrow.
  5. Locate the data file on your computer, and then click Import.
  6. When the import process is complete, click Done.

The imported items appear in the navigation pane (navigation pane: The left pane of the Document Connection for Mac window that displays saved locations and files.) under On My Computer.

 Note   Outlook for Mac can only import Unicode-based .pst files which are the standard format for Personal Folders files for Outlook (for Windows) 2003 and later versions. ANSI-formatted .pst files, also known as Outlook 97-2002 Personal Folders Files, were the standard personal folder format for saving data in Outlook for Windows in versions 97-2002. This file format can't be imported into Outlook for Mac. If you have the older version of ANSI-formatted .pst file, there is no automated procedure to convert that file to the newer file format. However, you can create a new Outlook Data File (.pst) in Microsoft Outlook for Windows 2003 or later, and then import items from the older file into the new file. You can then import the new .pst file into Outlook for Mac. For more information about how to create .pst files and importing items, see Help for your version of Outlook for Windows.

See also

Import information into Outlook

Import iCal or Address Book items into Outlook

 
 
Applies to:
Outlook for Mac 2011