How to Convert Louts Notes names.nsf to Outlook PST?


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How to save contacts from Lotus Notes names.nsf to Outlook PST?

Lotus Notes and Microsoft Outlook are two leading email clients all over the globe. Lotus Notes users feel the need to access their mailboxes through MS Outlook. Exporting Notes mailboxes especially contacts is little tricky. It requires the conversion of Lotus Notes names.nsf file to Outlook PST format that can be accomplished using manual ways or by automated solutions.

Manual method to move Lotus Notes contacts to Outlook

To access Notes contacts in MS Outlook, it is required to export Lotus Notes names.nsf to Outlook PST format. The contacts of Notes are stored in names.nsf file so users need to export names.nsf file to Outlook PST format. To do it manually, users need to go through two steps –

  1. Export Lotus Notes contacts to CSV file
  2. Import Comma Separated Value (CSV) file to Outlook

Step 1. Export Lotus Notes names.nsf file to CSV

  • Open IBM Notes application and go to Contacts in Address Book section
  • Click on More and select Export contacts option
  • Now, enter a name for the CSV file and hit Export
  • Wait for the process and you will find all contacts saved into CSV file

Once the contacts from Lotus Notes are exported into CSV file. Then, transfer the file to the system where Outlook is configured, if Lotus Notes and MS Outlook are installed on different systems.

Step 2. Import Lotus Notes exported CSV into Outlook

  • Open Outlook and go to File tab
  • Choose Open & Export and then select Import/Export option
  • Select Import from another program or file option and Hit Next
  • Select Comma Separated Value in import type and hit Next
  • Now, browse and locate CSV file that was exported from Lotus Notes. Select an option to allow or disallow duplicates and hit Next button.
  • Select Contacts folder in destination folder and choose the location to import contacts and hit Next
  • Within a few seconds, the contacts from Notes are successfully appeared on Outlook application.

Is manual solution work all the time?

No, many times manual solution failed to provide fruitful results. Here are some of the limitations provided by the manual solution –

  • Consumes a lot of time as it has several steps and is an indirect solution
  • Sometimes, the manual solution export incomplete contacts
  • Formatting and contact details are lost
  • Contact image or logo can’t be properly migrated

Trusted solution – save Lotus Notes names.nsf file to Outlook PST

An outstanding alternate to overcome all limitations of the manual solution is available that users can opt to save contacts from Lotus Notes names.nsf file to PST, i.e. Softaken Lotus Notes Contacts Converter. This application directly export names.nsf to Outlook PST format within a few simple clicks. With this application, users can transfer multiple names.nsf file to PST format in one cycle of conversion. In a few simple steps, the contacts are smoothly exported from Lotus Notes to Outlook PST format.

Follow the steps of this application to import Lotus Notes contacts to Outlook PST –

Step 1. Start the software on your Windows system.

Step 2. Select File or Folder mode and then Browse Notes names.nsf files to the software panel.

Step 3. Select PST format under Export options. Choose single or multiple PST option.

Step 4. Hit the Browse button and mention an output destination to save the resultant PST file.

Step 5. Finally, Hit Start Generating Now button and this commences exporting the contacts to Outlook PST from Lotus Notes.

Important features of the software –

  • Direct Export facility
  • Transfer multiple names.nsf files together
  • Preview feature
  • Save contacts in single PST or multiple PST files
  • Compatible with all Lotus and MS Outlook versions

Summing Up

The manual solution for exporting Notes contacts to Outlook PST is quite complicated. In this case, users can go for an automated solution that simply exports the contacts. Download a free trial of the software and export 10 contacts per folder free of cost.

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