Importing and Exporting Mozilla Thunderbird® E-mails from and to Windows® Mail
What are the causes and ways to import and export Mozilla Thunderbird e-mails from and to Windows Mail? What are the issues that can arise during the process and how can we resolve these issues?
Windows Mail and Thunderbird are e-mail clients. These are used to send and receive e-mail locally on Windows Operating System. There are different versions for Mozilla Thunderbird like Mozilla Thunderbird version 1.0, Mozilla Thunderbird version 2.0, Mozilla Thunderbird version 3.0, etc. Mozilla Thunderbird is a product from Mozilla, where as Windows Mail is a product from Microsoft and comes in-built with Windows Vista. This is a successor of Outlook Express. Users can import and export e-mails and other information according to user convenience or due to some other reasons. It might be required while switching mail clients from Windows client to open-source Mozilla Thunderbird client. Users can transfer e-mails from Windows Mail to Mozilla Thunderbird using a plug-in for the Mozilla Thunderbird mail client, as recommended by Mozilla.
Following are some information about the commonly arising issues while doing so and some tips to fix the same:
- Importing e-mails to Mozilla Thunderbird
- Exporting e-mails from Mozilla Thunderbird
- Causes and tips to fix the issues
Importing e-mails to Mozilla Thunderbird
The foremost step is to download the ImportExportTools plug-in which is specially designed for Mozilla Thunderbird. After this, users have to save this tool to the Mozilla Thunderbird folder in your system. Then open Mozilla Thunderbird web browser and click 'Add-ons'. After this, select 'Install' button to install the tool that have been downloaded. This file converts all the files that are exported as .EML extension to Mozilla Thunderbird accessible files. After this operation, restart Mozilla Thunderbird and click 'Tools' button and click 'ImportExportTools'. Then click 'Browse' button and select 'Windows Mail' directory. From here select the .EML extension to be imported and click 'Import' button. Now all e-mails from Windows Mail get imported to the Mozilla Thunderbird.
Exporting e-mails from Mozilla Thunderbird
For importing e-mails to Windows Mail, users have to first export the e-mails from Mozilla Thunderbird. For this, open the Mozilla Thunderbird and select all the e-mails to be exported using import/export wizard. These e-mails are then exported as .EML files using the ImportExportTools. Then, with the help of Windows Mail, users have to import these .EML files into the system. Users have to download and install ImportExportTools before this process.
There might arise several issues while performing the import and export operations with Mozilla Thunderbird and Windows Mail e-mail clients. While importing and exporting the e-mails, there are chances of losing the e-mails. So the most important step that has to be taken prior to importing and exporting e-mails is to backup the data. Also ensure that the file extensions are correct and apt for the operations as they might cause issues. The ImportExportTools might also cause some issue. In order to avoid this, users are recommended to use another tool or plug-in.
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