Exporting Contacts

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A friend wants to add his contacts to his gmail account. By following the procedure to export and then import a csv file do the contacts still remain in Outlook. I'd hate to advise him and for him to lose everything. Or is there a copy contacts list feature instead
 
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I've found the Import function of one program/app to another does not delete from the first but there's always a risk. With Outlook [don't know which version, I have 2000, 2007 and 2013 on computers] there should be a backup or Export function, I'd use that first then check what Gmail can work with . The C:\Users folder has a Contacts and may be empty, last I saw that used was with Outlook Express and its Address Book. Another thing with Outlook is to copy/backup/export the .pst and .ost files.
 
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Thanks Bighorn, now I'm worried, think it best perhaps that I don't suggest it. I don't use Outlook myself and not sure what versions he has.
 
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The level of worrisome does increase when working on another's computer. I'd suggest the owner start with the Export to .csv first.
 
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That's what I thought, hopefully he wont lose his contacts from Outlook, if he does surely he'd be able to import the file back into Outlook.
 
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Would going back to a restore point put the contact addresses back into Outlook if they did get deleted?
 
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Don't count on it, have seen System Restore work only to get Windows working. A number of folks use a backup program such as Acronis True Image or Macrium Reflect. Have seen where even Microsoft doesn't recommend the Backup and Restore (Windows 7) applet that is in Control Panel.
 

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