Exporting Contacts from Windows® Live Mail to Mozilla® Thunderbird®
Both Windows Live Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird are e-mail clients that allow the users to efficiently manage their e-mail accounts. Both of them support popular e-mail accounts like Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, etc. Both can be enhanced by add-ins or extensions which increase the features and usability of the program. As they are from different vendors, they also exhibit certain dissimilarities in functions and features. Mozilla Thunderbird focuses on style and design while Windows Live Mail allows the users to handle e-mails easily with better performance and usability options. Mozilla Thunderbird is also included with better features like Advanced Filtering Tools, New Mail Account Setup Wizard, Smart Folders, etc. Windows Live Mail’s features include PhotoMail, Conversations, Windows Live Calendar, etc.
Given below are some points that can help the users in exporting Windows Live Mail contacts to Mozilla Thunderbird:
- Benefits of Exporting
- Methods to Export
- Issues while Exporting
Benefits of Exporting
It is often required to export contacts from Windows Live Mail to Mozilla Thunderbird and it is more frequent in business offices. Switching from an e-mail program to another one is a painful decision as it will lose all of the important contacts that reside in the older program. In this case exporting the contacts from Windows Live Mail to Mozilla Thunderbird will be a better option for the users which will allow them to keep up with their old and important contacts.
Methods to Export
Exporting contacts from Windows Live Mail to Mozilla Thunderbird require two steps. First export contacts from Windows Live Mail and then to import the same to Mozilla Thunderbird. To export, open Windows Live Mail, go to ‘File’ menu and click on ‘Export’ and then ‘Windows Contacts’. Choose the ‘CSV (comma Separated Values) option. Click on ‘Browse’ and provide the name and location of the file where you want to save the export file. Click on ‘Save’, ‘Next’ and ‘Finish’. Now open Mozilla Thunderbird, go to ‘Tools’, ‘Import’, and select ‘Address book’. Click ‘Import’, and then ‘Browse’. Change the file type from LDIF to CSV as we have saved the file in CSV format. Go to the file folder where you just saved the export file. Double-click the file and ‘Finish’ the wizard.
Issues While Exporting
You may face some errors while exporting contacts from Windows Live Mail to Mozilla Thunderbird. The main reason for errors is that both the programs use different fields for saving details. In such cases, certain types of conversion are needed. Software programs and extensions that can work with both of these programs are now available in the market. Installing and using them to convert Windows Live Mail contacts to Mozilla Thunderbird can fix the issue. ImportExportTools, Windows Contacts Importer, etc. are some of such extensions.
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