How to Export Lotus Notes Contacts to Outlook?


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Export Lotus Notes Contacts to Outlook – Simple and Effective approach

Lotus Notes and Outlook both are popular names in the world of email communication. Both email clients manage contacts. But when the question arises to export Lotus Notes contacts to Outlook, it becomes tough for users to migrate the contacts. To simplify this process, we are discussing the entire solution by which the export can be completed in a safe manner. When users switch from Lotus Notes to Outlook, emails and contacts are two important things which a user need to migrate. Lotus Notes contacts are not directly accessed in MS Outlook so, users need to export the contacts first to access them into Outlook.

Manual way to export IBM Notes Address Book to Outlook

Here we are explaining two different methods to export IBM Notes contacts to Outlook. First is the manual method and second is a third-party solution. Let us discuss both the methods one by one with their pros and cons.

Manual way to transfer Lotus Notes Address Book to Outlook

Step 1. Export contacts from IBM Notes to CSV

  • Start IBM Notes application and go to My contacts to open Address Book
  • Click on More drop-down button and select Export contacts option
More Menu
  • An Export contacts wizard will appear, enter a suitable name for CSV file and then click on Export button to start the procedure.
  • Wait until the contacts are exported into CSV file.
Export Contacts

Once all the contacts are exported to a .csv file, then transfer the file where Outlook is configured.

Step 2. Import CSV file in Microsoft Outlook

  • Click on the File tab in Outlook application
  • Click Open & Export option
Import and Export
  • Select "Import from another program or file" option and click the Next button
Import from another program
  • Select Comma Separated Value and press Next
Comma Seprated Values
  • Click on Browse button to locate CSV file that exported from IBM Notes. Select "Do not import duplicate items" and click Next to continue
Browse Location
  • Select Contacts folder where you wish to import IBM Notes contacts to Outlook. Click Next and then hit the Finish button
Select Contacts Folder
  • After a wait for some time, all contacts of Notes will appear in Microsoft Outlook.
Import Export Progress

Unluckily, manual solution failed, what's next?

There are various demerits of this manual method that's why it is failed in various cases. Let us know these reasons –

  • Manual method is not effective in case of a large number of contacts
  • Sometimes, users will not get reliable and satisfactory results
  • Contact image and any type of logo will not be migrated properly

Professional solution – Softaken Lotus Notes Contacts Converter

The software is well-tested by the professionals to export Lotus Notes contacts to Outlook. It is simple to handle and provides safe conversion of IBM Notes contacts to Outlook with any harm to any contact and its attributes. Multiple Lotus Notes contact files are exported to Outlook with this smart application without any issues. The application is compatible with all versions of Lotus Notes and MS Outlook. Moreover, there are only counted steps to migrate IBM Notes Address Book to Outlook.

  • Download and install the application on your Windows machine
  • Select Lotus Notes file or folders using the Browse button
Browse NSF Files
  • Select a required option from the available ones – VCF, CSV, MSG, PST, etc. Pick any of the formats.
  • Now, use the Browse button to save the resultant file. Finally, hit the 'Start Generating Now' button to commence the export process.
Start Generating Now

Summing Up

With this post, a user can get two solutions to export Lotus Notes Address Book to Outlook. Users can pick any of the methods as per their inconvenience. However, the software solution is recommended by experts. A free version of the software is available for testing purpose.

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