How to Backup Outlook Express Mail, Address Book,
Mail Settings

THIS IS FOR OUTLOOK EXPRESS ONLY

Losing your email messages, address book and mail settings in Outlook Express can be avoided if you know how to back up this important information and you do it on a regular basis. Hard drive failures, viruses, and accidents can erase this information or make it unrecoverable, however with a backup plan you can avoid a disaster such as this and keep your important email communication alive and well.

Below are the steps to manually backup this information. The best solution is to save this backup information to an external media such as floppy disk, zip disk, or CD-R.

Copy Mail Files to a Backup Folder

To make a backup copy of your Outlook Express e-mail message files:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. On the Maintenance tab, click Store Folder.
  3. Select the folder location (highlight it), and then press CTRL+C to copy the location.
  4. Click Cancel, and then click Cancel again to close the dialog box.
  5. Click Start, and then click Run.
  6. In the Open box, press CTRL+V, and then click OK.
  7. On the Edit menu, click Select All.
  8. On the Edit menu, click Copy, and then close the window.
  9. Right-click any empty space on your desktop, click New, and then click Folder.
  10. Type mail backup for the folder name, and then press ENTER.
  11. Double-click the Mail Backup folder to open it.
  12. On the Edit menu, click Paste.
  13. Close the Mail Backup window.

Export Your Outlook Express Address Book

Open Outlook Express

  1. On the File menu, click Export, and then click Address Book.
  2. Select Text File (Comma Separated Values), and then click Export.
  3. Click Browse.
  4. Locate the Mail Backup folder that you created.
  5. In the File Name box, type address book backup, and then click Save.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Click to select the check boxes for the fields that you want to export, and then click Finish.
  8. Click OK and then click Close.

Export the Mail Setting Account to a File

To make a backup copy of your Outlook Express mail account:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Accounts.
  2. On the Mail tab, click the mail account that you want to export, and then click Export.
  3. In the Save In box, locate the Mail Backup folder on your desktop, and then click Save.
  4. Repeat these steps for each mail account that you want to export.
  5. Click Close.