I'm in need of backuping my emails in Outlook Web App but I can't find an export/import function in OWA. My question is:

Can you export emails from OWA and how?


No you cannot. Outlook Web App is purely meant to send and receive email, but does not have a backup function.

If you want to backup email to an external medium, you will need a client such as Microsoft Outlook that supports this.

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  • don't want to put as answer, because can not test, but you can try: smallbusiness.chron.com/… – Drako May 31 '17 at 13:06
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    @Drako archiving an email is not the same as exporting. Archiving means, a flag is set and the email is marked as archived. It is moved from the inbox to the archive but remains on the server and has to be accessed differently. This makes it possible to keep the inbox speedy. AKA: not what OP wants. – LPChip May 31 '17 at 14:59
  • I told I could not test, but archive can be local, if it's not in this case - then it's not. – Drako Jun 1 '17 at 6:53
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    I would have hoped for this superuser.com/a/1305796/30809 to have been the accepted answer. a workaround, but working nonetheless. – Ace Mark Sep 20 '19 at 0:01

Here is the enhancement request. You can drag and drop emails to add them as attachments as a workaround (see this answer). You can download an email like this:

  1. Start a new message
  2. Click to edit the message in a new window.
  3. Select all emails you would like to download.
  4. Drag the emails to the new message. This will add them as attachments.
  5. Click the down arrow on the attachment and download the email message, or send the message to yourself and then download all attachments.
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    +1 This workaround has saved me! Currently I do have a limitation of only being able to save 40 at a time, but it'll take that over not being able to at all... – g19fanatic Aug 23 '19 at 12:01
  • How are you supposed to read the downladed file again? I'ts a text format but attachments are in binary – tiagosilva Jul 20 at 20:13

When viewing an email you want to download; Select the down arrow which is located on the top-right-hand corner of the email. Select "Print" and confirm "print" again. When your browser's print page window opens up, click "change destination" and select "save to PDF" from the list of printers. Click "Save". Now you have a PDF version of that email.

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    Hi, this is not exactly what I'm looking for. What if you have thousands of emails you need to backup? – jjepsuomi May 3 '18 at 19:38

There is a commercial solution available from DragDrop that allows you to Drag emails and attachments and drop them anywhere (desktop, disk or any upload control) https://www.dragdrop.com/dragdrop-online/

This way, no workaround is needed anymore.

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