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Export Office 365 Global Address List to CSV

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    Welcome to your comprehensive guide on how to export the Office 365 Global Address List (GAL) to a CSV file. The GAL is an invaluable resource for managing contact information across an organization, and exporting it to a CSV file can significantly enhance its utility, particularly when integrating with spreadsheets for mailings or data analysis. In this guide, we'll explore the essence of the Office 365 Global Address List, provide a step-by-step tutorial on exporting it to a CSV format, discuss practical use cases for the exported data, and introduce Sourcetable as an alternative method for handling GAL exports. Additionally, we'll answer common questions about the export process to ensure you have all the information you need to succeed.

    Office 365 Global Address List

    The Office 365 Global Address List (GAL) is a critical component of Exchange Online, functioning as a comprehensive directory service. It is automatically generated and encompasses every mail-enabled object within an organization, serving as the primary source for contact information. Its primary purpose is to ensure that all users within the organization have access to the contact details of other mail-enabled objects, facilitating communication and collaboration.

    In addition to the default GAL, organizations have the option to create additional global address lists. This feature is particularly beneficial for separating users by specific criteria such as organization divisions or geographic locations. This capability ensures that address lists are organized in a manner that aligns with the structure and operational needs of the organization.

    While users have the ability to access the GAL, it is important to note that they can only see and use one GAL at a time. This limitation is particularly relevant when address book policies (ABPs) are in place, which may necessitate the creation of multiple GALs to comply with the policies. Management and creation of these lists require the use of Exchange Online PowerShell, particularly employing the New-GlobalAddressList cmdlet along with the option to apply precanned or custom recipient filters.

    It is also important to mention that the Address List role is not automatically assigned to any role groups by default in Office 365. Consequently, administrators must use Exchange Online PowerShell and have the necessary permissions to perform procedures related to global address lists, including their creation and maintenance.

    Exporting Office 365 Global Address List to a CSV File

    Exporting via Outlook

    You can export the Global Address List (GAL) from Office 365 to a CSV file via Outlook. Begin by opening the Address Book and selecting the list containing the contacts you wish to export. Next, select all the contacts to be exported, right-click on the selection, and choose 'Add to Contacts'. You can then export these contacts directly to a CSV file.

    Creating a Personal Contacts Folder

    For a more organized approach, you may want to create a new folder in your contacts to add the selected contacts from the GAL. This can be particularly useful if you have a large Global Address List, as the process may take some time to complete. Once the contacts are added to your personal folder, you can proceed with exporting them to a CSV file.

    Performance Considerations

    If you are concerned about the performance impact of the export process on your primary machine, especially with a large GAL, consider setting up the export on a secondary machine. This allows you to continue working uninterruptedly while the export operation is being performed in the background.

    Sourcetable Integration

    Seamlessly Import Your Office 365 Global Address List with Sourcetable

    Forget the tedious process of exporting your Office 365 Global Address List to a CSV file before importing it into another spreadsheet program. Sourcetable offers a superior alternative by allowing you to directly sync your live data from Office 365 into its intuitive spreadsheet interface. This integration not only saves time but also simplifies your workflow, providing a real-time view of your Global Address List without the need for manual exports.

    With Sourcetable, you can effortlessly automate data import, eliminating the risk of human error and ensuring that your spreadsheets always contain the most up-to-date information. Perfect for business intelligence tasks, Sourcetable empowers you to query and analyze your data with ease, turning your contact lists into actionable insights. Leverage the power of automation and live data synchronization to enhance your productivity with Sourcetable.

    Common Use Cases

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can the Global Address List be exported to a CSV using the Exchange Admin Center?

    No, there are no built-in tools to export the Global Address List to a CSV in Exchange Online.

    How can the Global Address List be exported to a CSV using PowerShell?

    An Exchange Admin can export the GAL to a CSV file using PowerShell.

    Is it possible to export the Global Address List to a CSV using Outlook?

    Yes, you can export the GAL by adding the contacts to your contacts section in Outlook and then exporting them.

    Can the csvde utility be used to export the Global Address List to a CSV?

    Yes, the csvde utility can be used to export the Global Address List to a CSV.

    What is a method to export the Global Address List to a CSV from a user's computer?

    The Global Address List can be exported to a CSV using Outlook or Access from a user's computer.


    Exporting the Office 365 Global Address List (GAL) to a CSV file is a process that can be achieved via PowerShell or through a series of steps in Outlook that involve creating a new contact folder, populating it with the GAL, and then using the Import and Export feature. This process is essential for those looking to import their contacts into another application or utilize the list for mailings. Although exporting can be time-consuming for large GALs, it is a necessary task that can also be facilitated by your Exchange admin. Instead of going through the complex export to CSV, consider using Sourcetable to directly import data into a spreadsheet, simplifying your workflow. Sign up for Sourcetable to get started and streamline your contact management today.

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