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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
    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
    2003-09-22 20:32:01  anonymous2 [View]

    Thank you! Worked terrifically and just as you described.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
    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
    2008-06-30 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.