Transfer Messages and Folders from Mozilla® Thunderbird 3 to Microsoft® Outlook
Tips for transferring messages and folders from Mozilla Thunderbird 3 to Microsoft Outlook.
Mozilla's Thunderbird 3 and Microsoft's Outlook are two popular programs that help to manage e-mails. Lots of people prefer to use these programs rather than going directly through e-mail websites due to the functionality that they offer. Mozilla's Thunderbird 3 is a useful and popular e-mail application, but it presents a problem when user transfers messages to different e-mail software. Mozilla Thunderbird 3 is available as a free download and has many of the same features as more expensive programs, which make it a well-accepted choice for e-mail. Mozilla Thunderbird 3 stores e-mails in MBOX format, which several programs, including Microsoft Outlook, cannot read. Luckily, it is possible to generate copies of Mozilla Thunderbird e-mails in plain-text format with EML extensions that Microsoft Outlook can read. The process can be a little protracted if you have a large number of e-mail folders, as each folder has to be converted independently.
Techniques to import e-mails from Mozilla Thunderbird 3 to Microsoft Outlook 2007 and tips to resolve issues while doing so are below:
- System requirements
- Tips to import mails from Mozilla Thunderbird
- Facts on Mozilla Thunderbird and Microsoft Outlook
Mozilla Thunderbird 3 will no longer support versions of Windows prior to Windows 2000 like Windows 95, 98, ME and NT and Mac OS X versions before 10.4 Tiger. Linux requirements have changed too. Hence do ensure that compatibility mode for unsupported Windows platforms are disabled for the Mozilla Thunderbird 3 executable in Windows. In case of processor and RAM, Mozilla Thunderbird 3 requires a Pentium with 233 MHz or better is specified as minimum requirements, but 500 MHz and above are suggested. With older Windows versions like Windows 2000 or XP, 256 MB RAM are mandatory while 512 MB are said to noticeably speed the system up. For Windows Vista and Windows 7 on the other hand at least 768 MB RAM is required and 1 GB is suggested. On the hard disk Mozilla Thunderbird 3 requires around 52 MB of space.
Tips to import mails from Mozilla Thunderbird
Firstly download IMAP Size which takes up a reasonable 1.85MB of space in your computer and can convert your Mozilla Thunderbird 3 e-mail messages to a format that can be read by Mozilla Outlook. Open IMAPSize, and click on 'Tools' then select 'mbox2eml', then a new window appears. Here you can select the files you wish to convert. Mozilla Thunderbird saves each e-mail folder twice, and your e-mails will be in the folder without an extension. You can choose where the new files will be saved then click 'Convert' and remember that you have to repeat this process for each folder. Now you will have to first import your e-mails into Microsoft Outlook Express, and then export the same to Microsoft Outlook. For this open Microsoft Outlook Express and go for the local folder where you want to import the e-mails. Then launch Windows Explorer and find the EML files, which you have just produced, then drag and drop them into the Microsoft Outlook Express folder followed by exporting files from Microsoft Outlook Express to Microsoft Outlook. After that you can launch Microsoft Outlook Express and click on 'File' in order to select 'Export', and then hit 'Messages' and 'OK' in succession.
If you use Mozilla Thunderbird 3 and want to switch to Microsoft Outlook, this presents the trouble of abandoning all of your prior e-mails and any crucial information that you may have in them. For this cause, in switching, you would like to import everything from Mozilla Thunderbird 3 to Microsoft Outlook. Switching between mail systems can be a lengthy experience. Mozilla Thunderbird 3 has tools for easily importing and viewing your account data, there by making the transfer between Mozilla Thunderbird 3 and Microsoft Outlook as painless as possible.
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