Importing contacts into gmail from Thunderbird and Yahoo mail

The first thing I wanted to try as part of my using gmail as my mail client experiment was importing all my contacts, half from Thunderbird and half from Yahoo mail.

Gmail supports importing comma separated (CSV) lists and both Thunderbird and yahoo mail support exporting in that format so it’s pretty straight forward. I’ve just made a few notes about it in case I need to do it again.

Exporting from Thunderbird

1. Open up the address book.
2. Go to the Tools menu and choose Export.
3. Change the save as type dropdown to Comma Separated
set save as type to comma separated

4. Choose a filename and where you want to save it

Exporting from Yahoo

1. Go to Yahoo address book.
2. Click import/export from along the top menu
import/export link

3. Scroll down the bottom of the page and click the Yahoo CSV button.
Yahoo CSV button

Importing into gmail

1. Load the gmail contacts page.
2. Scroll to the bottom of the contacts panel and click the Import link.
click the import link

3. Select the file you’ve created and then click the Import button.
click the import button

Posted on 25 Apr 08 by Helen Emerson (last updated on 04 Sep 11).
Filed under Sysadmin