When you send an email, Gmail automatically remembers every recipient. These addressesshow up in your Gmail Contacts list, and Gmail auto-completes them when you write a new message.
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Still, you have to enter the email address at least once. With all your contacts already in an address book at Yahoo Mail, Outlook, orMac OS X Mail,is this really necessary? No, because you can import addresses into Gmail from your other email accounts.
To import addresses into Gmail, you first need to get them out of your current address book and in CSV format. Although itsounds sophisticated, a CSV file is really just a plain text file with addresses and names that are separated by commas.
Exporting Your Contacts
Exporting Yahoo Mail Contacts
Some email services make it simple to export your contacts in a CSV format. For example, toexport your address bookin Yahoo Mail:
Place a checkmark in front of the contacts you want to exportor place a checkmark in the box at the top of the list to select all contacts.
Select either All contacts or a specific contacts folder. The default format is Microsoft Outlook CSV.
Some email clients make it a little more difficult to export to a CSV file. Apple Mail doesn”t supply a direct export in CSV format, but a utility called Address Book to CSV Exporter allows users to export their Mac Contacts in a CSV file. Look for AB2CSV in the Mac App Store.
Some email clients export a CSV file that lacks the descriptive headers Google needs to import the contacts. In this case, you can open the exported CSV file in either a spreadsheet program or a plain text editor and add them. The headers are First Name, Last Name, Email Address and so on.
Import Addresses Into Gmail
After you have the exported CSV file, importing the addresses into your Gmail contact list iseasy: