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Move Your Address Book

Need to switch your PAB from Outlook 2003 to 2007? Zubair shows you how.

Q: How can I add my Personal Address Book (PAB) from Outlook 2003 to Outlook 2007 Contacts?

A: If you've tried to add a PAB in Outlook 2007, you might have noticed that the option isn't there. This is because Outlook 2007 no longer supports PABs.

Contacts are much more flexible and offer better customization than the .PAB file, so Microsoft decided to drop .PAB file support in Outlook 2007. This, of course, means that in the Outlook 2007 client, you can neither create nor add a PAB.

However, you can import an existing book into Outlook 2007 and then convert it to Outlook Contacts. Your Contacts list will then be visible in Outlook Address Book.

To import addresses from your old PAB into the new Outlook 2007, follow this procedure:

  1. Start Outlook 2007.
  2. From the menu, select File and then click Import and Export.
  3. In the Import and Export Wizard, select the option "Import from another program or file."
  4. On the Import a File screen, select Personal Address Book.
  5. On the next screen click Browse to locate your .PAB file, and then click Next.

If you have multiple locations to choose from -- for example, if you have an Exchange profile and a Personal Storage File (.PST) -- click Change Destination to select the appropriate Contact's list, and then click Finish.

About the Author

Zubair Alexander, MCSE, MCT, MCSA and Microsoft MVP is the founder of SeattlePro Enterprises, an IT training and consulting business. His experience covers a wide range of spectrum: trainer, consultant, systems administrator, security architect, network engineer, author, technical editor, college instructor and public speaker. Zubair holds more than 25 technical certifications and Bachelor of Science degrees in Aeronautics & Astronautics Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Information Systems. His Web site,, is dedicated to technical resources for IT professionals. Zubair may be reached at


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