Hello to everyone in BMI land! Is it just me or is this winter dragging on and on and on? Well, I suppose that soon enough it will be over and we will all get away from our computers for a few months of relaxing in the sun with a lawn mower in one hand and a cold glass of lemonade in the other. (Well, lemonade for some anyway)
Over the past few months there have been a great number of you that have either purchased a new computer or who are thinking about purchasing a new computer. Getting a new computer can be very exciting, but never the less it leaves you with what seems like an endless amount of work to do. You have to move your address book, your emails, and your "favorites" list over to the new computer. Some of you may have already purchased your new computer and found yourself wondering how to do that. So today I have the answer for you.
It's quick and fairly painless too. You just have to have one of three things ready:
1. A thumb drive (USB storage device, looks like a pack of gum)
2. A CD writable drive and CD
3. Or (if all else fails) a floppy disk and a lot of time
Now, the first thing you need to do is save your address book, email, and favorites list to a file. To do that, just follow these steps:
Open Outlook Express (if you use a different program, you can find similar instructions on Google by searching for exporting or importing for that program)
Click on File
Click on Export
Click on Address book
Select Text File (Comma Separated Values)
Right click in the box and click new and folder
Name the folder exported items
In the File Name box, type address book
Make sure everything is checked in the list and click finish.
Then you can copy that folder to your thumb drive, CD or floppy disk.
Then just put the thumb drive, CD or floppy disk in the new computer and follow these steps:
Open Windows Mail
Click Windows Contacts
Now you will be back in the wizard you exported your files from on the old computer. Just follow along and make sure you select Comma Separated Values for the import.
You can use these same basic steps to move your email over, only you won't be able to do that with a floppy disk. Typically email movement requires a lot more space and the Thumb drive (of at least 2gigs) is the best route to go with.
Another helpful tip is to go through your email and get rid of things you don't need anymore before exporting it. This will save you a ton of time.
The same steps also apply to moving your favorites list, only you open Internet Explorer instead of Outlook Express to import and export.
There are many websites on the internet that can help you along the way if you run into any things not mentioned here. Just go to Google and search for importing and exporting what ever it is you want to move.
Have fun everyone and we'll talk to you next month.