• When you export something you are taking items from one program and putting them into another format. For example: In outlook, you can export your contacts to an excel spreadsheet. It takes your contacts from outlook and puts them into excel. Hope that makes sense.
  • To format data in such a way that it can be used by another application.
  • Convert the current file to a non-native file format.
    • He Hate Me
      That's what I was going to say.
      It's much more like copy and paste
  • 4-2-2017 Export and import are not computer terms. Countries and states and companies export and import stuff all the time.
  • In a personal computer application, to export is to convert a file into another format than the one it is currently in. Once the file is exported to the desired format (specified in its file name suffix), it can be opened and worked on by an application that recognizes and uses this format.
  • EXAMPLE: when I backup my firefox bookmarks, I click a button that says "export". Later, when a need to reinstall causes me to have to use my bookmarks backup, I click "import" and it lets me pick the backup file I want to use, and install it and presto, all my bookmarks are back.
    • mushroom
      Backups are not exports, because they are usually in a specific format for a specific program. Exports are usually a way to transfer information to different programs with different data formats.

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