[How-to] Convert email messages, contacts, and other items from Outlook for Mac to PST

Are you planning to switch from Mac to Windows? If yes, one of the things you’ll need to do is migrate your Outlook mailbox from Mac to Windows. If you use Outlook for Mac and wish to migrate it to Outlook for Windows, it would mean converting your OLM file to Personal Storage Table (PST) format.

So how do you convert OLM to PST? Well, that’s where this post will come into use.

Read on to know how you can perform OLM to PST conversion.

#1. Manual method to convert OLM to PST

Before you proceed with this method, ensure that your OLM file is backed up safely. This process involves 4 stages and each stage is comprised of a few steps, as follows:

  1. Create an IMAP Account
    1. Open Gmail or any other webmail then click on settings
    2. In Settings select Forwarding and POP/IMAP Tab
    3. Now check the status of IMAP, if it is not enabled then enable IMAP and save the changes.
  2. Configure Outlook for Mac with IMAP Account
    1. Open Outlook for Mac and then navigate to Tool tab and select Accounts.
    2. Now choose Email and enter your email id, password, and other details.
    3. Enter IMAP server and choose SSL connection along with SMTP server and 465 as a port number, then click Add Account.
  3. Export Outlook for Mac emails to IMAP Account
    1. Open Outlook for Mac then select the item you want to move.
    2. Right-click on the selected folder then Move> Copy to Folder.
    3. Find the name of your IMAP folder and choose Copy.
    4. After that update IMAP folder with Send/Receive button and all your OLM emails are now in IMAP account.
  4. Configure Outlook for Windows with the same IMAP account
    1. Open Control Panel and select Mail>Email Accounts> New
    2. Select ‘Manually configure server settings’ then click Next.
    3. Choose IMAP/POP settings then click Next.
    4. Enter your IMAP account credentials and Incoming and Outgoing server details then clicks More Settings.
    5. Click to the Advanced tab and enter 993 port number in IMAP server and choose SSL connection.
    6. Enter the port number of SMTP server as 465 and select SSL connection then click OK.
    7. Now click Next, it will take a few minutes then click Finish.

#2. Method to use Software for converting OLM to PST File Format

The manual method is lengthy and time-consuming, so it’s not suitable when you need to convert an OLM file with huge amount of data.

If you’re hard pressed for time and wish to perform the conversion in an easier manner, opt for software-based OLM to PST conversion. There are several converter software but you should select one carefully so as to ensure precise conversion without any risk to the mailbox data.

Stellar Converter for OLM is one of the reliable OLM to PST converters. It’s easy to use and offers hassle-free conversion as compared to the manual procedure. Here’s how you can convert OLM to PST by using this tool:

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  1. Download, install, and launch the software
  2. From the software’s main screen, select the OLM mailbox to be converted by using the Browse button. If you’re not aware where the OLM file is located on the system, use the Find option to search for it
  3. Click on Convert once the OLM file has been selected
  4. The next window shows the scanning progress of the selected mailbox file. The time for completing the scan depends upon the size of the file.
  5. Once the scan finishes, all convertible items will be displayed in a tree-view list in the software’s left hand panel. From here, you can double-click any item to preview how it will look after conversion it in the software’s right hand panel
  6. If you’re satisfied with the preview, click on Save from the file menu to save the converted file
  7. Select an output format. The choices you will have include PST, EML, and MSG
  8. Click on Next
  9. If you select PST as the output format, the software will ask you whether you wish to append the converted items to an existing PST or save them as a new PST. Make the appropriate selections and provide a destination path where the file will be saved
  10. Click on Save
  11. The next screen shows the saving progress
  12. Once the file is saved, you will be given an appropriate message

Once the file is saved, your entire OLM data (emails, contacts, calendar items and all other items) is converted from OLM to PST file. Now you can access that data in Outlook for Windows without any loss.

Wrapping it up

OLM to PST conversion is not tough; you just need to know the right procedure. There’s no direct method to perform the conversion manually. The manual method mentioned above is very time consuming. It can also cause data loss issues if you are trying to migrate large sized files. There are plenty of tools available online for this conversion, and we have discussed the most trusted and reliable one. You can follow the steps and no matter how large the files are, all the data would be converted in one go.

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