Transfer Mozilla® Thunderbird 3 Address Book to a Computer
Ways to manage and customize the address book in Mozilla Thunderbird 3.
Getting a new PC can be an exciting incident, but the thought of losing access to all of your data on the old PC can be a little scary. This is even truer for your e-mail program. Mozilla's Thunderbird 3 is an accepted e-mail client known for its stability and ease of use. Mozilla Thunderbird 3 stores your private data, including all your e-mails, preferences and contacts in a profile folder in your user account's application data directory. Though there are lots of applications available to help with the transferring of your Mozilla Thunderbird 3 data to another PC, it is just as easy to perform the actions manually. Since it is an open-source, desktop e-mail client developed by the creators of the popular Mozilla Firefox web browser, it has a function that permits you to export and import your address books, making it effortless to get up and running on a new arrangement.
Some tips on transferring the address book in Mozilla Thunderbird 3 to a new PC are mentioned below:
- Export address book
- Transfer address book
- Easy recreation
Export address book
Initially launch Mozilla Thunderbird 3 on your old computer and then sign in to the profile that contains the address-book information which you want to transfer to your new computer. You might transfer address books from numerous profiles, but each profile's information must be located and saved independently. So go to 'Tools' and opt 'Address Book' or use the 'Ctrl'+'2' keyboard shortcut to access your address book so as to open a separate Mozilla Thunderbird window. There should be two files in the left-hand pane of the window where one is named 'Personal Address Book', and the other as 'Collected Addresses'. You can pick one of the files and choose 'Tools' and click 'Export' in order to give a name to your file such that you can access it easily and save it. This process will accumulate your address book in the format of a LDIF file which possibly will be transferred to Mozilla Thunderbird 3.
Transfer address book
Locate the LDIF files on your old PC and burn them to a disc or copy them to a detachable media drive. Otherwise, if you are already set up for the Internet on your new PC and can access your e-mail, you can attach the files to an e-mail and send them to yourself. Then transfer the copied files to the hard disk of your new PC. Launch Mozilla Thunderbird 3 and steer to the profile to which you desire to adjoin your address book. For that go to 'Tools' and select 'Address Book'. Choose 'Tools' then hit on 'Import'. Select the category of the file as 'Address Book' and click 'Next'. This must be followed by selecting the appropriate text file from the list and then, select 'Next'. You may well choose 'LDIF' from the drop-down menu in the next window, and Mozilla Thunderbird 3 will automatically search your PC for any LDIF files. Opt for your address book files from the list and press 'Open'. Then the program will shift the addresses to your fresh profile.
When you get a new PC, the last thing you would like to have to do is re-create an entire address book for your e-mail. In Mozilla Thunderbird 3, it is very easy to transfer information from profile to profile. As long as you have access to both your new and old PCs, you will not face any problems. You can restore data to a fresh installation of Mozilla Thunderbird 3 on a new PC by copying over the profile folder from your old PC and placing it in the Mozilla Thunderbird 3 application data directory.
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