How to Export Windows Live Messenger 2011 Contacts ?
Microsoft products are great with simple intuition interface and their integration with other products in their product-line also is not bad. Windows Live Essentials is a conglomerate of so-many products, you just open your mouth in surprise. You can talk to your friends (both Hotmail and Facebook), video chat etc using Windows Live Messenger(WLM). But one problem you face with it is, you can import your contacts. To do this, you have the option of two methods.
Though this looks like a direct method, this is not so direct. First you’ve to install Windows Live Mail 2011, if you’ve not done already. This is already done if you’ve installed Windows Live Essentials. If not, you can download the web installer of Windows Live Mail from the following link.
1. Login into Windows Live Mail using your Windows Live ID.
2. In the left pane, you can see Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Feeds etc.
3. Click on Contacts.
4. You’ll see the above image.
Note: Now you’ve two options. Either, you can export your Windows Live Messenger 2011 contacts in CSV or VCF format. CSV is a simple format which can be opened in Excel or any application like notepad, while VCF is a more complex format which can be opened only in applications like Outlook. You can dig more about CSV and VCF by google-ing on the internet.
5. Click on Export button on the ribbon interface at the top. You’ll be provided with the options to export either as CSV or VCF format. Click the one, as per your choice. It’ll ask some more questions, when you choose either option, which are self-explanatory.
So if you’ve chosen CSV format, your final result will be a .csv file containing all your contacts with the details you chosen while exporting them. If it’s VCF format, you’ll have a folder containing all the contacts with each .vcf file for each contact, similarly, with the details chosen while exporting it.
Though the above method is simple, it’s not flawless. Before I tell you about it’s cons, let’s see this method.
After clicking Contacts, you can see the names of your contacts in a middle frame, next to your Contacts frame. Select all the contacts by clicking 1 contact and pressing Ctrl + A. After all your contacts are selected, then press the Email button in the top ribbon interface.
A new messaging window opens with all your contact e-mail ids in the To text box. You can select all the e-mail ids by pressing Ctrl + A and paste them in NotePad. Now in NotePad, you can see all the e-mail ids perfectly.
This method is useful, if you want only the e-mail ids or contacts.
Though the direct method is useful if you want to export complete information about your Windows Live Messenger 2011 contacts, it has it’s flaws. When you import that data into Outlook or any other application, some critical contact information like e-mail ids may not get imported. But if you’re sole purpose is to export any e-mail id of your contacts, then the indirect method is the surest way.
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