Mozilla® Thunderbird E-mail Restore
Get to know more about Mozilla Thunderbird e-mail restore feature
Thunderbird is an application for managing e-mails and newsfeeds. Thunderbird is an open source, free, cross platform application. Thunderbird is a powerful e-mail application which is easy to use. This product offers ownership and control of your e-mail. Thunderbird offers several add-ons which enables a user to customize his settings. Profiles of Thunderbird allow the user to save all personal information such as password, messages, and user preferences in a set of files called Profiles. Profiles are stored on a separate location of the hard drive. Thunderbird also offers multiple profiles for users. Profiles of Thunderbird stores mainly two set of items: local mail and account settings.
Here is more on Mozilla Thunderbird and techniques to restore a profile from backup copy:
- Where Does Mozilla Thunderbird Store Profile?
- Method to Locate a Thunderbird Profile
- Techniques to Restore Profile from a Backup Copy
Where Does Mozilla Thunderbird Store Profile?
Mozilla Thunderbird stores the profile in a separate location, not in the Thunderbird program files. These program files are static and do not change. The need for storing Thunderbird profile in separate location is that we can uninstall Thunderbird if necessary without losing the profile. Another advantage is that there is no need to reinstall Thunderbird to delete your information. Each profile is stored in a profile folder on your hard drive.
Method to Locate a Thunderbird Profile
Thunderbird profiles are stored in a special location other than the program files. We can locate these profiles easily. In order to run the profile select Windows 'Start' button and click 'Run'. Then type in "%APPDATA%ThunderbirdProfiles" and click 'OK'. Now, Windows Explorer will open a folder which contains your profiles. Now you can open any of your profile folders by double clicking on it.
In order to restore a profile from your backup copy, first you have to close all Thunderbird programs. If you are using Windows operating system then select 'Run' from the Start menu and type "%appdata%" and click 'OK'. Then double click 'Thunderbird' folder in the application data folder and double click 'Profile' folder. Now you have to copy and paste the profile folder from your Thunderbird backup into the 'Profile' folder. Close the application and open the 'profile.ini' file in the notepad. Then change the name after 'Path=' in this folder to the name of the profile folder you copied from the backup. And save the profile from the 'File' menu.
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