Jan from Missouri writes: I need to know how to import my e-mail messages from Yahoo into Hotmail. I’d like to close my Yahoo account after importation is finished. Thanks

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Outlook.com (All Hotmail accounts have been switched to Outlook.com) makes it simple. They have a free tool called Trueswitch. Here’s how it works.

You click https://secure5trueswitch.com/hotmail/  to fill out the form. The link still has Hotmail in the title even though all Hotmail accounts have been switched over to Outlook.com.

You would fill out the address and password of your Yahoo! Mail account and the address and password for the account you wish to copy the messages to.

This will not delete your emails and contacts from your Yahoo! Mail account.  You also select what you wish to copy. You can take your messages, address book or calendar.

You can choose to send a message to your contacts informing them about the change in your e-mail address.

You can choose to personalize the message and also select which contacts you wish to send the information to. If you choose personalize, a window will open to let you compose your own message.

There’s also the option to have your Yahoo! messages forwarded to your Outlook.com account for 90 days.

When you have everything set up the way you like, hit the copy to Outlook.com button.

This could take awhile to finish. You should receive e-mail messages updating you on the progress of the import and an message to let you now when the process is complete. Once you’re sure that your Yahoo! e-mails have successfully copied to Outlook.com, you can shut down your Yahoo! Mail account.

~ Cynthia