The main challenge that users files in email migration is the conversion of files. OLM files completely differ from PST as the Outlook for Mac runs on different Operating System and MS Outlook on Windows. So, besides the email applications, we also have to take care of the operating systems.
OLM to PST files are migrated by use of a third IMAP enabled account and Gmail is the best option. OLM files cannot be directly converted to PST unlike NSF to PST or EDB to PST. To export OLM files in Outlook PST format, they are first move to Gmail and then MS Outlook for Windows.
There are three steps involved in transferring files from OLM to PST
- Create an IMAP account which is Gmail
- Add this Gmail Account to MS Outlook and Outlook for Mac
- Export the OLM files to Gmail and Synchronize with MS Outlook.
Create GMAIL Account
- Go to your Gmail account and if you don’t have account then create one
- Move to Settings and enable IMAP from ‘Forwarding and POP/ IMAP tab’
- Check Status and move to OLM
Add Gmail Account to Outlook for Mac
- Open Outlook for Mac in your system
- Now click on Menu>> Tools and then Accounts
- A new box will appear, click on Add account
- Enter the login details of Gmail and then hit the Add Account button
- Similarly Add this Gmail Account to MS Outlook
- Open the MS Outlook in Windows
- File>>Open>>Account Settings
- Click on Add account, enter the Gmail account information
- Restart MS Outlook to see Changes
Move OLM Files to Gmail Box
Before adding the files, you need to create a folder that will display in both the Outlook account from Gmail.
- Login to Gmail Account and go to settings
- Click on Labels and ‘Create New Label’
- Give it a name and enable ‘Show in IMAP’ option
- Move to Outlook for Mac and select the folder or files you want to move
- Right Click on it and then select Move>> Copy to Folder >> Select the Gmail Folder
- Open MS Outlook and click on ‘Send/ Receive’
- When the user click on Gmail folder it will contain OLM files in MS outlook.
- The OLM files will be successfully migrated to PST
Thus this the simplest solution to export OLM files to Outlook PST. There is also a tool that migrates OLM files to PST easily. The OLM to PST converter can convert OLM files in PST format without Outlook for Mac. It only requires OLM files and efficiently convert them in PST format. If the OLM files are corrupt, it repairs them before conversion and also recover deleted files. Easy to use, rich output files makes this the best OLM to PST converter.