Exporting Mail in Thunderbird

///Exporting Mail in Thunderbird
Exporting Mail in Thunderbird 2017-09-24T12:31:43+00:00

Exporting Mail in Thunderbird

How to Setup Export/Import Tools in Thunderbird

Step 1

Download ImportExportTools-2.4.2.xpi

Step 2

Start Thunderbird

Step 3

In the Tools drop down menu select “Add-ons”

Image of the Tool Bar in Mozilla ThunderBird

 

Step 4

In the Add-ons window click “Extensions” and then “install”

 

Step 5

Locate and double click on the ImportExportTools-2.4.2.xpi downloaded in step 1

Step 6

Restart Thunderbird

Step 7

In the Tools drop down menu select “ImportExport Tools”, then select “Options”

 

Step 8

In the ImportExportTools window, click “Export directories”. Then set the export folder for MBOX files. This is where your mail will be exported to. It is important to select a location that has sufficient space to backup your mail to.

 

Step 9

You have now installed and configured the export mail add-on to Thunderbird.

 

How to Export Mail

Step 1

Start Thunderbird

Step 2

Locate the mail folder you want to export and right click it

NOTE: This add-on can only export one folder at a time. If you attempt to export several folders simultaneously it will fail.

Step 3

If the folder has subdirectories, in the Import/Export submenu click “export folder with subfolders (with structure)”. If the folder does not have subdirectoies, in the Import/Export submenu click “export folder”

 

Step 4

In the bottom status bar of Thunderbird you should see “downloading message…” and a progress bar.

 

Step 5

Once the export process has been completed, you can export the next folder. For large folders, 100MB, the export process can take several minutes.

 

How to View Exported Mail

Step 1

Download mboxview-1.0.0.7 for Windows

Step 2

Extract the zip file and start Mboxview

Step 3

In the File drop down menu click “Select folder”

Step 4

Locate and double click the folder containing the exported mail. If you wish to access a subfolder, you will need to navigate down the folder tree to that folder.

Step 5

Your mail is now viewable in the Mbox Viewer

Step 6

To access attachments double click the email in the Mbox Viewer

 

How to Import Mail

Step 1

Start Thunderbird

Step 2

Right click on “Local Folders”

Step 3

In the Import/Export submenu click “Import mbox file”

Image showing the Importing Options

 

Step 4

On the Files mbox import window, select “Import one or more mbox files, with its/their subdirectoy. Then press ok

 

Step 5

Locate the folder with the achieved mail and click “open”

Step 6

Your achieved mail folder has now been loaded as a local mail folder onto your computer. You can reply and forward these emails. Please be aware that these imported emails are saved locally and are not an IMAPed folder.