How to Import Contacts, Messages and Preferences in Outlook 2010 From Mozilla® Thunderbird
Mozilla Thunderbird is a fast and powerful e-mail client. We can import messages, contacts etc of Mozilla Thunderbird to the e-mail clients developed by Microsoft like Microsoft Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook etc. Microsoft Outlook is one of the powerful e-mail clients which comes with lots of features. Microsoft Outlook 2010 is the latest version in the Microsoft Outlook series. There may be several reasons for importing Mozilla Thunderbird items to Microsoft Outlook 2010. Microsoft Outlook 2010 is a simple and reliable program which manages our e-mails efficiently. If you install a new Microsoft Outlook 2010 in your system, you need to import all your Mozilla Thunderbird items such as e-mails, contacts and preferences etc to Microsoft Outlook 2010. But the Mozilla Thunderbird mails are stored in the mbox format which is not supported by Microsoft Outlook 2010. So, we can use Microsoft Outlook Express or other programs to import the files from Mozilla Thunderbird to Microsoft Outlook.
Different steps for importing messages, contacts etc to Microsoft Outlook 2010 from Mozilla Thunderbird are explained below:
- Locate Mozilla Thunderbird items
- Import files to Microsoft Outlook Express
- Export from Microsoft Outlook Express to Microsoft Outlook 2010
Locate Mozilla Thunderbird Items
To import contacts, e-mails and preferences to Microsoft Outlook 2010, first locate all the items that you want to move. Before importing items from Mozilla Thunderbird, compact your Mozilla Thunderbird folder. You must compact your Mozilla Thunderbird folder if you don’t want to include the deleted items. All the messages of Mozilla Thunderbird are stored in the mbox files but Microsoft Outlook 2010 only understands .pst files. Therefore, use Microsoft Outlook Express to import messages and contacts from Mozilla Thunderbird to Microsoft Outlook. Microsoft Outlook Express supports eml files. You can convert the mbox files to eml files with the help of IMAPSize and store the eml files in any of the hard disk locations.
Import files to Microsoft Outlook Express
The next step is to install Microsoft Outlook Express. After launching Microsoft Outlook Express, open it from the ‘Program List’ and select or create a folder to import messages and other items from Mozilla Thunderbird. Open Windows Explorer and locate the eml files that are stored in the hard disk. Then browse or drag the selected eml files into the folder of Microsoft Outlook Express.
Export from Microsoft Outlook Express to Microsoft Outlook 2010
You can export files from Microsoft Outlook Express to Microsoft Outlook 2010. Select ‘Start’ menu and open ‘Microsoft Outlook Express’ from ‘Program List’. Select the ‘Files’ menu at the top of the window and then select the ‘Export/import’ option. Then follow the instruction of the exporting wizard to export the files to Microsoft Outlook 2010. Once exported, the files will appear in Microsoft Outlook 2010. If the files are in the local sub folder, the folder with the same name will be created in Microsoft Outlook.
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