Switching from Outlook Express to Outlook

Most computers come preconfigured with a Microsoft Office Suites of software; which includes their premier email & calendar program Outlook.
However, most Internet Providers say they do not “support” Outlook; and only provide instructions for configuring Outlook Express. I’ve argued with technicians that believe that Outlook Express is for Internet Users, and Outlook is for corporate environments using a Microsoft Exchange Server.
True, you can not use Outlook Express to connect to a company’s Exchange Server (along with the “Out of Office Assistant). But Outlook has no problem connecting with “Internet email” nor being the premier email program for consumers as well.
Stuff That Outlook Does That Outlook Express Does Not!
  • Fully integrated Calendar, including meeting and event scheduling, appointments, and group calendars. Including: side-by-side viewing of multiple calendars, dragging items between the calendars.
  • Multiple address books and email identities.
  • Automatic Synchronization with PocketPC, Palm, and Mobile Devices.
  • Reminders for e-mail messages, calendar events, tasks, and notes.
  • Junk e-mail message filter.
  • Word as your e-mail editor.
  • Categories for organizing/filtering your items.
  • Tasks folder to keep lists of personal or work-related errands that you want to track from start to finish.
  • Automatic backup (archive) your data.
How to Import Outlook Express settings into Outlook is completed in two phases: 
  1. Launch Outlook
  2. From the File pull-down menu, select Import – then Internet Mail Account Settings, Cilck <Next>
  3. Click <Next> after it locates Outlook Express
  4. Change your email name here if you wish, click <Next>
  5. Click <Next>, do not change your email address
  6. Click <Next>, do not change your email servers
  7. If you wish to save your password, enter it here. Click <Next>
  8. Click <Next> (it’s doubtful you’ll need to change your connection)
  9. Click <Finish>
  1. Launch Outlook
  2. From the File pull-down menu, select Import – then Internet Mail and Address, Click <Next>
  3. Click on Outlook Express, select both Import Mail & Import Address Book, Click <Next>
  4. Select Import Addresses into Contacts Folder, Click <Finish>
Outlook Express is a great free email program. But if you already own Outlook, it simply makes sense to use this more powerful program, instead of Outlook Express!

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BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.
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6 Responses to Switching from Outlook Express to Outlook

  1. Christy says:

    This was awesome…Thank you!

  2. Unknown says:

    I have a bit of a problem.  I was having some difficulty a couple days ago with my Outlook Express when I was getting an error message saying that it was trying to access a server that was no longer in use (I had cancelled my account with Earthlink and signed up with roadrunner).  My Earthlink account was using MS Outlook and my Roadrunner account was set up on MS Outlook Express.  There was a little overlap between the end of one and the beginning of the other.  Somehow there was some earthlink info which referenced my earthlink email in my Outlook Express.  I removed everything not roadrunner related and even recreated the roadrunner email address that I use most frequently.  I must have selected the "Import" option and everything (all my folders and emails from MS Outlook were imported into Express, flushing out what was already in there.  I really needed to keep those message.  Is there any way to undo this operation and get my previous configuration back (along with the original email messages) ?  Help would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Unknown says:

    I have tried to set up Outlook on my computer. I have transferred all the account info from Outlook Express. It self tests fine but all messages are still being sent to Outlook express. If that program is off nothing comes through until I start OE again. Then OE grabs the mail

  4. Unknown says:

    I am having a problem switching from outlook express to outlook.  When I try to open outlook to import I get a message saying "Unable to open your default e-mail folders.  Could not open the item.  Try again."  When I try again I get the message, "Would you like to open your default File System Folder instead?"  If I press no it closes the program.  If I press yes, it opens "My Computer – Microsoft Outlook"  which doesn’t allow me to follow your instructions.  What do I need to do?

  5. Hayden says:

    is there any way that i can get the existing emails and folders from outlook 2007 to my iphone???

  6. Amanda says:

    can i just tell you how amazing this is!

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