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:
Create an IMAP Account
Open Gmail or any other webmail then click on settings
In Settings select Forwarding and POP/IMAP Tab
Now check the status of IMAP, if it is not enabled then enable IMAP and save the changes.
Configure Outlook for Mac with IMAP Account
Open Outlook for Mac and then navigate to Tool tab and select Accounts.
Now choose Email and enter your email id, password, and other details.
Enter IMAP server and choose SSL connection along with SMTP server and 465 as a port number, then click Add Account.
Export Outlook for Mac emails to IMAP Account
Open Outlook for Mac then select the item you want to move.
Right-click on the selected folder then Move> Copy to Folder.
Find the name of your IMAP folder and choose Copy.
After that update IMAP folder with Send/Receive button and all your OLM emails are now in IMAP account.
Configure Outlook for Windows with the same IMAP account
Open Control Panel and select Mail>Email Accounts> New
Select ‘Manually configure server settings’ then click Next.
Choose IMAP/POP settings then click Next.
Enter your IMAP account credentials and Incoming and Outgoing server details then clicks More Settings.
Click to the Advanced tab and enter 993 port number in IMAP server and choose SSL connection.
Enter the port number of SMTP server as 465 and select SSL connection then click OK.
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
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 OLMis 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:
and launch the software
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
Click on Convert once the OLM file has been
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.
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
If you’re satisfied
with the preview, click on Save from
the file menu to save the converted file
Select an output
format. The choices you will have include PST, EML, and MSG
Click on Next
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
Click on Save
The next screen
shows the saving progress
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.
Eric Simson is an Email Platform Consultant and is associated with Stellar Data Recovery from last 6 years. He writes about the latest technology tips and provides custom solutions related to MS Outlook, MS Exchange Server, Office 365, and many other Email Clients & Servers.