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Subject:   Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
Date:   2002-09-21 10:02:26
From:   anonymous2
Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac


Microsoft has not yet provided an import function that allows bringing email messages into Entourage (.mbox files) from Outlook (.pst files)


Here is a procedure, which works moving message files from Outlook (or Outlook Express) on Windows XP to Entourage on Mac OS 10.2.


On the PC
1) Open Outlook Express and import the mail folders from Outlook: File/Import/Messages. (This converts the messages in the Outlook .pst file into .mbox format. Using the Outlook Express import utility has the advantage of maintaining the date of the email, which would be lost using the export to a file function within Outlook.


2) In Outlook Express, open an email folder, select messages and drag and drop into a Windows Explorer folder. (The messages will be appended with an .eml extension but they are in a Mbox format readable on Mac).


3) Transfer the folder to the Mac (or open the folder on the Mac if the PC and Mac are networked).


On the Mac
4) Open Entourage. In the Mail folder create a temporary folder and drag and drop the Outlook Express .eml files into the folder (do not try to transfer more than 150 files at a time).


5) The messages are now in Entourage, but each is in a separate folder. To put them in the appropriate folder (such as Inbox), you can search for and select all the messages, then drag and drop into the appropriate folder. Here’s how a) click on the temporary folder; b) go to Edit/Advanced Find from the drop down menu; c) Check the “Include subfolders” box and under Criteria select “Does not contain,” then put in any text not in your email subject line (for example: qqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqq). All messages should be selected and you can drag and drop to the appropriate folder. Delete the temporary folder, which will now be filled with empty folders.

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  • Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
    2008-06-30 04:22:38  BOBHCL [View]

    Out2Mac works very well in moving mails, contacts and calendar to Entourage 2008 version on Mac. Howver, the Calendar instructions don't work in Entourage which is part of Office Professional 2008.

    In this case, Highlight all items in the Cal Folder (individual files) and double click the files with Entourage running. This then individually adds the calendar entries into Entourage.

    Regretably, you then have to
    Close a slew of open windows (over 2000 in my case). I did not try with a single export file which might have accomplished the same thing.

    Entourage 2008 says NOTHING about importing into calendar at all. It does say there is no possible link between ICAl and Calendar in Entourage. It is silent on the method I have used.

    Hope this helps in future.
    By the way, the total file size I transferred was 3.76 GB including all archives. It took over 2 days to create on Out2Mac but did work perfectly.
    • Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
      2009-06-18 14:42:42  jmurphy 2001 [View]

      Outlook to Entourage Beta will transfer the contacts, cals and emails too:
      http://www.convertmyemail.com/outlook-to-entourage.php
      • Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
        2010-04-09 07:13:48  Alext.ramos [View]

        I used this software and it works great.It solves for me a lot of problems when I was on the necessity to move from Windows to MAC.

        Thanks for the advice....and I would recommend to use this software....is very easy to use.....and the most important it just works.

  • Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
    2008-06-30 04:22:31  BOBHCL [View]

    Out2Mac works very well in moving mails, contacts and calendar to Entourage 2008 version on Mac. Howver, the Calendar instructions don't work in Entourage which is part of Office Professional 2008.

    In this case, Highlight all items in the Cal Folder (individual files) and double click the files with Entourage running. This then individually adds the calendar entries into Entourage.

    Regretably, you then have to
    Close a slew of open windows (over 2000 in my case). I did not try with a single export file which might have accomplished the same thing.

    Entourage 2008 says NOTHING about importing into calendar at all. It does say there is no possible link between ICAl and Calendar in Entourage. It is silent on the method I have used.

    Hope this helps in future.
    By the way, the total file size I transferred was 3.76 GB including all archives. It took over 2 days to create on Out2Mac but did work perfectly.
    • Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
      2008-07-26 04:53:17  ncmphoto [View]

      Anybody know how to move contacts and email from Outlook Express on an old iMac (first generation FireWire) running OS9 to Apple Mail on a new iMac running OSX 10.5.4?

      thanks for any and all useful info.
  • Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
    2003-12-30 17:26:10  anonymous2 [View]

    Seems to OK except I cannot seem to drag and drop files together i seem to have to do each file seperatly from my USB microdrive.
    any ideas?
    • Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
      2007-04-07 14:40:50  qillaq [View]

      Stepa below got me close but didn't work with my >3,500 / 125 MB messages in 3 folders. Got me close.

      Entourage 2004 help says to import MBOX formatted files "2. Drag the MBOX-format text file to the Folders list."

      Steps:
      1. To create the MBOX format I imported from Outlook 2007 to Thunderbird.
      2. Found where Thunderbird hid my files (on Vista clicking on the path converts to classic C:\...).
      3. Moved to my Mac.
      4. Renamed the folders to include .mbox
      5. Opened Entourage 2004
      6. Dragged & Dropped

      Dave
    • Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
      2006-10-28 18:25:37  ftlbaby [View]

      Today I transferred email from Outlook Express 6 on Windows 2000 Professional SP4 to OS X Tiger's Mail.app. This is how I did it.

      1. Download and install Mozilla Thunderbird. Current version is 1.5.0.7.
      2. Launch and choose to import from Outlook Express. (Clean up the Outlook folders and empty the trash first.)
      3. Copy the mail folder to the mac from the Thunderbird profile folder. I used a FAT32 formatted USB drive.
      4. Add .mbox to all the files inside the mail folder you just copied that don't already have an extension. I used A Better Finder Rename for this.
      5. Launch Mail.app and choose import from the File menu.
      6. Select Netscape/Mozilla and go!

      I hope this helps someone, because I had trouble following all the other tutorials. And I hope someone who goes thru this process fills in all the little details that I left out (such as the default directory of the mozilla profiles folder and the extension of the mozilla mail index, etc.)

      Also check out these 2 links:

      http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20040325164915651

      http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=2002100306134721
    • Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
      2006-05-01 12:42:35  DigitalSmiles [View]

      In answer to the previous question. Are you trying to move a folder? It will only work if you open the folder and select all the email in it and then drag to your desktop folder (new one that you created). This was my mistake and perhaps it is yours.

      This is an excellent way to move data from Outlook or Outlook Express to Entourage. Thank you so much for your 1,2,3 Resolution! Great Job!
  • Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
    2003-12-18 08:18:26  bicaboc [View]

    I and 3000 of my emails thank you for picking up Microsoft's slack.
  • Excelent Non-linear thinking!
    2003-12-08 23:16:50  anonymous2 [View]

    I want to congratulate you for the method that you discovered... Today I spoke with Microsoft's "Technical Support" and they told me that it was impossible to do this import... I'm glad they were wrong!

    Lagartija
    • Excelent Non-linear thinking!
      2004-05-01 12:39:28  ProMing [View]

      I believe that it's you who are confused. There is no direct import from Outlook for Windows in to Entourage for Macintosh. Unless there is a medium used such as a Palm handheld device, Outlook Express, Exchange Server with LDAP support and any other third party software of which that I am not aware of, users cannot sync data from Outlook for Windows in to Entourage for Macintosh.

      I know it's always good to blame Microsoft for any problems, but sometimes, the problem lies between the chair and the computer or the cause of the problem is ignorance.

      I hope the information in the first paragraph helps you as well.
      • Excelent Non-linear thinking!
        2004-11-17 16:33:42  wolfman33456 [View]

        mabey you should read the whole artical before replying, bonehead!
        • Excelent Non-linear thinking!
          2005-02-23 09:29:52  ConorBrigh [View]

          Indeed - I've just moved 1000's of mails from Outlook on my old PC to my new MAC - no problem at all. If you follow the instructions given it works a treat.

          Cheers for the tip!

          Conor
  • Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
    2003-09-22 20:32:01  anonymous2 [View]

    Thank you! Worked terrifically and just as you described.
  • Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
    2003-04-22 19:20:18  anonymous2 [View]

    This is still incredibly confouding. I am trying to move from PC and Mac and about to give up precisely because of the elaborate processes required. I have thousands of emails I'm hoping to import -- so this just doesn't work. Anyway, thanks for putting stuff up. It's always helpful.

    • Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
      2004-05-07 04:34:04  deborah [View]

      I too am now trying to switch from PC WIndows to MAC. What is the sucessful way to import .pst outlook into Entourage? I have 1000's of emails organized, and I'd like to transfer them.
      Thanks.
      • Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
        2007-04-07 18:43:29  mailer [View]

        You can use this product - MessageSave - to convert mail from Outlook to MAC

        http://www.techhit.com/outlook/import_outlook_mac.html
      • Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
        2004-05-16 16:40:55  anonymousy [View]

        Outlook2Mac: It "Exports Your PC's Microsoft Outlook Email, Email Attachments, Contacts, and Calendar Appointments to Portable Macintosh-Compatible Files You Can Import Into Apple Mail, Address Book, iCal, Microsoft Entourage, and Other Third-Party Programs."

        Don't give up, it's worth it!
        • Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
          2004-12-14 21:12:58  gsanjug [View]

          How do I move Entourage messages on mac to Outlook on a PC?
          • Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
            2006-08-10 21:23:44  rchawla [View]

            1) Open Outlook Express and import the mail folders from Outlook: File/Import/Messages. (This converts the messages in the Outlook .pst file into .mbox format. Using the Outlook Express import utility has the advantage of maintaining the date of the email, which would be lost using the export to a file function within Outlook.


            It will certainly sort out your issue.

            Thanks

            Rajinder

            2) In Outlook Express, open an email folder, select messages and drag and drop into a Windows Explorer folder. (The messages will be appended with an .eml extension but they are in a Mbox format readable on Mac).


            3) Transfer the folder to the Mac (or open the folder on the Mac if the PC and Mac are networked).


            On the Mac
            4) Open Entourage. In the Mail folder create a temporary folder and drag and drop the Outlook Express .eml files into the folder (do not try to transfer more than 150 files at a time).


            5) The messages are now in Entourage, but each is in a separate folder. To put them in the appropriate folder (such as Inbox), you can search for and select all the messages, then drag and drop into the appropriate folder. Here’s how a) click on the temporary folder; b) go to Edit/Advanced Find from the drop down menu; c) Check the “Include subfolders” box and under Criteria select “Does not contain,” then put in any text not in your email subject line (for example: qqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqqq). All messages should be selected and you can drag and drop to the appropriate folder. Delete the temporary folder, which will now be filled with empty folders.

            • Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
              2006-10-18 14:21:33  macgecko [View]

              This program may work for you as well.
              O2M (formerly known as Outlook2Mac)
              http://www.littlemachines.com/
              • *****Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
                2008-01-16 15:35:11  Tyler@VMware [View]

                Hey gang...not trying to plug our products here, but i have a really cool work around if you are interested:

                I run VMware FUSION on my macbook pro.$79

                I run Outlook in my Windows XP Virtual machine.

                I run Entourage as my primary Mac Mail client.

                I exported my entire PST (2.2gb) from my older machine
                saved to usb drive
                plugged usb drive into my macbook
                fired up my VMware Virtual Machine
                Fired up OUTLOOK in my VM
                mounted the USB Drive
                File>OPEN>outlook data file
                pointed to the .pst file
                voila, it opens
                it takes an hour or so, but it imports the entire pst
                then, sync with our exchange server
                when you open up your Entourage, it too syncs with your exchange server
                all your folders, messages, contacts, etc pop into your Mac Mail client

                HOWEVER: this does assume you are receiving mail by and through an exchange server, however, the use of a virtual machine as a medium saved the day

                hope that helps.

                T.Rex @ Vmware
              • *****Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
                2008-01-16 15:35:03  Tyler@VMware [View]

                Hey gang...not trying to plug our products here, but i have a really cool work around if you are interested:

                I run VMware FUSION on my macbook pro.$79

                I run Outlook in my Windows XP Virtual machine.

                I run Entourage as my primary Mac Mail client.

                I exported my entire PST (2.2gb) from my older machine
                saved to usb drive
                plugged usb drive into my macbook
                fired up my VMware Virtual Machine
                Fired up OUTLOOK in my VM
                mounted the USB Drive
                File>OPEN>outlook data file
                pointed to the .pst file
                voila, it opens
                it takes an hour or so, but it imports the entire pst
                then, sync with our exchange server
                when you open up your Entourage, it too syncs with your exchange server
                all your folders, messages, contacts, etc pop into your Mac Mail client

                HOWEVER: this does assume you are receiving mail by and through an exchange server, however, the use of a virtual machine as a medium saved the day

                hope that helps.

                T.Rex @ Vmware
                • *****Moving Outlook Email Messages on PC to Entourage on Mac
                  2008-09-20 21:12:57  fhmm [View]

                  I know this is an old post but I am hoping that someone will read and reply...

                  I am in exactly this situation, where importing using other methods are impractical because the user in question has over 3000 folders and subfolders and PST file is some 17GB in size.

                  My question is, how do you force Outlook 2007 to upload/sync all mail to the Exchange server?

                  Prior to now, mail was deleted off the server as it was received on the user's local machine, as he is by far the highest volume user in the office.

                  One of the reasons we're switching him to Entourage is that his giant PST file was slowing Outlook to a crawl and hopes are that Entourage with different file formats will not suffer as badly from his high-volume usage.