Moving Email from PC Outlook to Apple Mail

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  1. desertman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 14, 2008
    Arizona, USA
    In a Mac Rumors guide article ( about moving email from PC Outlook to Apple Mail it says that an "easy (and free) way to transfer email from Outlook (Windows) to Mail (Mac) is to use an IMAP account (e.g. Gmail) as an intermediary between the two."

    A little further down it than says: "Copy the folders (don't drag and drop them) from your PST file into your IMAP account."

    What exactly does that mean? How can I copy folders from a file? Since when are folders in an file - I always thought it is the other way around.

    And even if I'm able to copy such a file - how exactly would I then paste this folder into my IMAP account?

    Greetings - desertman
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I think what they are saying is to:

    1. Create the new GMail IMAP acct in Outlook.

    2. Export the existing acct to a PST file.

    3. Then import the messages form the PST file to one of the GMail IMAP folders.

    The reason for this is if you just drag the messages from the existing Outlook acct directly into the GMail IMAP folders, you run the risk of having corruption if the connection goes down in the middle of this.

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